September 30, 2011

MAC Cosmetics for Milan Fashion Week SS12: 23.09.11 and 24.09.11

Rounding out MAC's looks for MFW are some of my favourites, both designers and creations. I love Iceberg and Etro and, while I love both Emilio Pucci and Just Cavalli, I am quite surprised how similar the two looks are. See for yourself below!


LUSH Introduces Cornhusk Packaging: Say What?!

Yep. You read that right. Your favourite LUSH solid cleanser will soon be coming wrapped in the skin you usually shuck from a cob of corn (Sadly, I've never actually "shucked" corn. Sounds fun though!). 

In an attempt to be even more natural, the already environmentally conscious brand will be wrapping all solid cleansers in cornhusks which are 100% natural, compostable and biodegradable. It is hoped that this new packaging will take over from the black, recycled-pastic pots currently in use and save over 24.4 tonnes of plastic packaging annually. 

The new packaging initiative will be launched with the limited edition, festive Bûche de Noël (€7.50 for 100g) at the beginning of October and will eventually be available for permanent solid cleansers like the best selling Angels on Bare Skin, the oily-skin friendly Dark Angels and the blemish-busting Herbalism (All €7.90 for 100g).

September 29, 2011

Budget Beauty: Girlz Only Dry Shampoo

We're going to start featuring one product a week that comes in under a fiver because, let's face it, we're not getting any richer and it's not always necessary to spend €20 and upwards on one cosmetic item!

Our first budget beauty product is one I featured awhile ago in a beauty basics haul. I bought the Girlz Only Dry Shampoo from Penneys/Primark to see if it could contest the ultimate favourite, Batiste and, admittedly, I did not have high hopes for it (Call me a snob!)!

Coming it at €1.90, it is marginally cheaper than Batiste and, aside from the embarrassingly preteen-esque name, it puts up a strong fight against the reigning champion!

It really does what it says on the tin and is a great dry shampoo. It is not especially powdery, nor does it leave a white dust lingering in your tresses. You simply shake, spray, squirt and scrunch to soak up any nastiness and get an extra day out your barnet.

It also has a really refreshing, floral scent that I actually prefer to any of the Batiste ones I have tried. Colour me impressed!

September 28, 2011

OPI Bright Lights - Big Colour

I'm back in college this week, and as a (completely unnecessary) treat to myself for making it through Monday, I picked myself up a new OPI on the way home. Trinity Pharmacy on Westland Row is the reason my OPI addiction started. The girl in there now knows me as the nail polish freak - embarrassing. Oh well, look how pretty it is! Also, they give student discount.

Bright Lights - Big Colour (I refuse to spell it the American way) is a gorgeous orangey shade with a warm gold micro-glitter running through it. Not exactly an autumnal shade, but I adore it. 

What do you think?

Beauty Opportunity: Giorgio Armani's Linda Cantello in Brown Thomas Dublin

Linda Cantello, Britain's first ever make-up artist will be making an exclusive Irish appearance at the Giorgio Armani counter in Brown Thomas Dublin on Friday October 7th.

Creator of our beloved smokey eye and close collaborator with Mr Armani himself (You can thank her for cult favourite Eyes to Kill mascara!), Linda has a career that spans years and continents and includes work with an impressive array of photographers and clients, not least Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, YSL, Chanel and Lanvin (To name but a few!).

Linda, along with her leading team of face designers (ooh err!) will be on the Giorgio Armani counter from 5pm. You can book your appointment to meet and be made up by one of the greats by calling the counter direct on 01-6171140.

September 27, 2011

Viva Irish: Little Mouse Ears Jewellery

This is a very special edition of Viva Irish and one we are very excited about! We were recently contacted by a reader, Sarah, who has an Etsy store in which she sells her own handmade earrings and bracelets. She kindly offered to send us a couple of pieces from the store to show you guys and we thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase a reader's talent as part of this series!

Sarah sent us a tonne of stuff from her store Little Mouse Ears (how adorable is that name?!) and has also, very generously, set up a coupon code so that any Viva Adonis readers wishing to purchase pieces of jewellery can do so and get 10% off. Be sure to check the end of the post for that info!

The pieces on Little Mouse Ears are, for the most part, divided into collections which, as beauty buffs who live for new make-up collections to be released, we really loved. We received earrings from a few separate collections as well as two friendship bracelets and,  to say the least, we're seriously impressed!

Be Breast Cancer Aware with Clinique, Avon, Clarins...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, as with every year, a barrage of your favourite brands have come out with limited edition pink ribbon products to support the extremely worthy cause. A portion of the proceeds from each of these products will go to the companies' chosen breast cancer charity during the month of October.

We have compiled the limited edition themed products from companies like Clinique, Avon and Clarins so that you can pick the way in which you would like to support a cause which is so close to so many of our hearts.

September 26, 2011

Winter Series Giveaway: Essence My Skin Collection

Our winter series has been going down an absolute treat and we're having a blast trying and reviewing all of these winter-appropriate products! And, now you can be in with a chance to try some of your own!

The lovely people at Essence, one of our favourite budget brands, have given us a selection of their new My Skin skincare range to giveaway to one lucky reader so that they can keep their skin in tip-top shape during the colder months!

The Essence My Skin line was developed with young (and young-ish!) skin in mind. All products can be used together or separately to give your skin everything it needs during the harsh winter months; moisture, protection and freshness. Everything in the range is extremely well priced with the dearest item coming in at a respectable €2.79! Also, all products are dermatologically approve, are oil-free and have UVA/UVB filters.

Here's what the winner will receive;

Deeply Moisturising Paper Mask: This pre-treated paper face mask is enriched with cucumber extracts, will calm, destress and moisturise skin.

Refreshing Toner: Made with lychee and blue grape, this toner will purify and pamper skin whilst wakening you up with it's sweet scent.

Soft Cleansing Gel: Deep-cleansing yet gentle and with moisturising lime and cucumber extracts, this soft cleanser will remove all traces of dirt and make-up and is suitable for all skin types.

Caring Cleansing Wipes: These wipes are non-drying and boast an alcohol-free formula which will remove every scrap of dirt and make-up, even waterproof. Suitable for all skin types.

Mattifying Cream: This oil-free moisturising cream will keep skin looking smooth and matte for up to 12 hours. The inclusion of UVA/UVB filters mean that this cream is perfect for everyday wear.

To Enter:

All you have to do to enter is follow this blog via Google Friend Connect (right sidebar) using your Google or Twitter account. Then leave a comment on this post with your email address/Twitter username so we can contact you if you win!

This competition will close at 12 noon on Monday 3rd October.

Good Luck!

Psst! We're also giving away a Chanel lipstick of your choice so, enter for that here while you're at it!

September 24, 2011

MAC Cosmetics for Milan Fashion Week SS12: 21.09.11 and 22.09.11

Whew! First New York, then London and now Milan, all in the space of a week (I wish!). Here are the first face charts to emerge from Milan Fashion Week courtesy of MAC Cosmetics.

I find it really interesting how the looks change in each city. New York was very edgy and often quite dark while London was the same with a little bit of colourful crazy thrown in for good measure while Milan is super simple and chic with really effortlessly beautiful looks being created. I love all of the ones featured in this post.


FOTN: Pink & Gold

I love doing my makeup before a night out. Part of that routine now usually involves taking pictures for you guys! Usually when I'm going out, I pick what lipstick I'm going to wear and build the rest of my look around it. Yes, I am a lipstick fiend! 
Read on to see what I paired with MAC Impassioned.

NOTD: Avon Nailwear Pro Violetta Sparkle

One of the nail polishes from Avon's Sequins and Shine collection really stood out to me. While all of the shades are very festive and season-appropriate (Although apparently there's a heatwave coming so I really can't be sure what season it is anymore!), Violetta Sparkle was unlike any nail polish I had ever seen.

A darkened plum shade that requires three good coats for full opacity, the real beauty of this colour is the gold flecks suspended within the polish. In the bottle and on the nails it gives the impression of gold leaf overlay and I am obsessed with the effect. Check it out below!

September 23, 2011

Catrice Prime and Fine Winner

And the winner is...

Mini Haul: Make-Up Forever Lipsticks

I'm a copycat.

But, when I saw the amazing value Dee got on lipsticks in the MUFE shop, I couldn't let the opportunity pass me by. So, off I toddled to pick up 3 lipsticks for the bargain basement price of €10!

I love darks for winter so, I picked up an amazing plum purple and a deep burgundy red as well as a pinky-coral shade.

L-R: N164, T51 and T47

One Swipe (L-R): L-R: N164, T51 and T47

Initial impressions, I love how pigmented they are and how you can wear them sheer with one swipe or build them up to be super intense. I also love how they are matte (I have an obsession with matte make-up!). Downside of the whole brand is the numbering system. The SA didn't know them herself and understandably so and we all kept getting confused as to which ones she was looking for! Names are much, much better in my opinion.

Viva Irish: Cloud 10 Beauty

The internet is positively buzzing with one-stop-beauty-shop websites and, we are delighted to be bringing another amazing Irish-run one to your attention; Cloud 10 Beauty.

Cloud 10 Beauty features some of the most covetable beauty brands around, brands rarely seen before on our Emerald Isle (I heard David Attenborough's voice in my head as I wrote that!).

Nail junkies are taken care of with Seche, OPI and Essie. Make-up mavens are treated to all the latest from Sleek Make-Up, DuWop and Face Atelier. Skincare obsessives can delight in ProActiv, Ren and NUXE. And, for those of you who need/must/cannot live without your golden glow? Well, Cloud 10 carry Karora, St Tropez and Vita Liberata tans. Oh, and ladies, they stock Sigma make-up brushes!

We got sent some products from Cloud 10 Beauty to see what exactly they carry as well as to try the service (Everything was carefully packaged in a slim box with packing noodles and delivered the next day!). We'll be looking at some of these products in more depth in future posts but, here's a sneak peak!

September 22, 2011

MAC Cosmetics for London Fashion Week SS12: 19.09.11 and 20.09.11

More LFW looks from MAC Cosmetics. I love, love, the look for Erdem as well as Peter Pilotto and, even though it's crazy, Meadham Kirchoff!


Facebook Giveaway Winners!

We recently ran our second Facebook Giveaway and it was a huge success. These are so much fun as we get talking to so many of you!

The winners of the LUSH Facebook Giveaway are...

No7 Autumn Modern Minimal Collection

No7 Autumn Modern Minimal Collection is a simple, classic and chic collection from the Boots brand that centers around hues of pinks, bronzes, nudes and greys and aims to give a catwalk-inspired "no make-up" look.

No7's Creative Consultant, superstar make-up artist (and, arguably, our favourite YouTuber!) Lisa Eldridge took inspiration from the Autumn/Winter shows to create a minimalistic, chic range of products that enhances the wear's natural beauty. The range seems quite well rounded and includes primer, cheek stain, eye colours and eye pencils, all of which are extremely limited edition as the collection is only available in Boots stores until 4th October.

We got a few of the products to play around with and are here with some pictures and swatches for your viewing pleasure!

September 21, 2011

MAC Cosmetics for London Fashion Week SS12: 16.09.11-18.09.11

Last week we were hooking you up daily with the looks MAC Cosmetics was creating for NY Fashion Week. We had the lowdown on everything, from face charts and pictures, to products used and how to use them so that you could try your hand at recreating the looks yourselves.

After such a great response from you all, we decided to continue with MAC's looks from London Fashion Week SS12 with those from Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Sass and Bide, Jonathan Saunders and Marios Schwab being personal favourites!

As always, you can click to enlarge!


Bargain Alert! Make Up For Ever Lipsticks

I have a dangerous, slightly irrational obsession with lipstick - but it's okay guys, because I 'collect' it. Yeah...anyway, today's haulage was an absolute bargain which I had to share. Make Up For Ever on Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, have a selection of lipsticks that are three for €10. Fantastic value, and the colours were lovely!

Winter Series #3: Avon Sequins and Shine Collection

We're back with the third installment of our Winter Series (yes, yes, schedule has gone out the window!) and it's all to do with make-up and what trends Avon thinks you should be incorporating into your look this winter!

The Avon Sequins and Shine collection, available from October 2011, features sparkling, sequins-y packaging and an array of eye, lip and nail products in various jewel-tones which, as anyone who has been clothes shopping lately will know, is very much the colour palette for winter and the holiday season. We have most of the collection to show you swatches of and we'll be doing FOTD and reviews over the coming days so, leave any particular requests in the comments!

September 20, 2011

Tattoo Your Thinker

When I first saw these photos of Glee costume designer Lou Eyrich my first thought was, "Awesome!" followed by a close second of, "Eh, ow!"

Shaving your head bald and inking tendrils of hair onto your noggin must be one of the most painful things in the entire world. It's also not very practical as the upkeep will be fierce with constant shaving, shining and suncreaming (And you thought roots were bad?!) but, as I see it, she can just grow her hair back if she tires of it.

While this look is not for the faint-of-heart and is, most definitely, not for me, I do think that Eyrich looks ten shades of amazing. It suits her more than a whole head tattoo should ever suit anyone and, I think that it has an almost whimsical, romantic appearance to it. And, as tattoos go, it's beautifully done. 

Anyone with me on this or is she just batshit crazy?!

It's So Hard To Say Goodbye...

We told you a couple of months ago that Benefit's cult favourite highlighter Moonbeam would, eventually, be phased out with the addition of Watt's Up to the permanent line.

Now, after numerous queries from you guys, we have gotten confirmation from the brand itself that the boxed powder Thrrrob will be discontinued. It is still available on a while-stocks-last basis so, if Thrrrob is your blush of choice or one you've been dying to try, now would be the time to snap one up!

Emily Blunt for YSL Opium

British Actress Emily Blunt has been announced as the new face and ambassadress of YSL Opium fragrance.

The TV advertising campaign, shot by Romain Gavras, will be available from October 2011 as will the print and outdoor campaign which was shot by Patrick Demarchelier.

Do we like? I think she looks beautiful and the ad is very "her"! Love the shoes too!

Winter Series #2: NUXE Rêve de Miel

When the products from this collection arrived, I knew that they'd be perfect for our Winter Series. NUXE is a brand that we've already featured, and subsequently fell in love with (more on that in future posts!). I'm always a sucker for French brands like these, as they, well, work. 

The Rêve de Miel collection has been around for a while now, but had been reformulated this year, along with the addition of three new products to the line-up. The core concept of the range is to fulfill the needs of dry and sensitive skin from head to toe with the use of acacia honey, sunflower and plant oils. As if that wasn't impressive enough, he products also contain argan oil, shea butter and barley extract.

You'd think that ingredients like this would equate to extortionate prices, but, for once, this is not the case. I was genuinely surprised when I glanced through the price list for this range. You're looking at parting with between €6.50 and €27 to bag yourself one of these products - not half bad! Read on to see what my first impressions of the range are.

September 19, 2011

Test of the Tints: LUSH Colour Supplement versus Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I've mentioned multiple times at this point that I don't wear foundation on a daily basis. I thank my lucky stars that don't really need it and I honestly prefer having my extra 5 minutes in bed in the mornings to prepping, priming and packing on the slap!

My routine all through college consisted solely of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural buffed into my skin but, since starting this website, my eyes have been opened to alternative, quick n' easy bases that are just as fool-proof as my MSFN but, give a different result.

You might remember a couple of months back I waxed lyrical about the Colour Supplement from Lush and how it was the perfect workday base for me. In short, I found it to be light, dewy, quick and moisturising all while providing ample coverage for tired skin.

Now, a new product has weaselled it's way into my morning routine and is giving the Colour Supplement a run for it's money. I am, of course, talking about the product that has taken the beauty blogosphere by storm, Liz Earle's Sheer Skin Tint.

This isn't going to be a review of Liz Earle's first foray into make-up. The Internet has been saturated by them for weeks now and it just gets boring after awhile.This is going to be a look at how two of my favourite skin products stack up against one another, a true test of the tints.

Review & Giveaway: Catrice Prime and Fine Smoothing Refiner [CLOSED]

The two of us have been big fans of Catrice since the German brand landed in Ireland, and I really feel that their products have improved a lot since then (not to mention their pretty make-up stands).

Some of their newer products are really set to give higher-end brands a run for their money, and this primer, which arrived in the post a while back along with some other bits from their new collection (hitting shops in October), is no exception.

Prime and Fine seems to be quite an all-rounder: for €5.49, you're getting a decent-sized pot of creamy primer that claims to smooth out pores and lines for a refined complexion.

As this is an oil-free, silicone-based formula, it will suit most skin types. You can really feel the silicone when applying this - it gives just the right amount of 'slip', as Lisa Eldridge would say, for applying concealer and foundation.

It's become an essential step in my everyday make-up routine of late, and I definitely recommend it. It made my foundation go that extra mile, which is what I really look for in a primer. In fact, I like this so much that I may hold off on repurchasing my beloved Smashbox Photofinish for a while longer!

UPDATE: The lovely (and very on-the-ball!) PR people at Catrice are offering a primer to one of our readers after seeing this review. This will be a super-quick giveaway that I'm only leaving open until midday Friday 23rd September.

To enter, just make sure you are following via Google Friend Connect and comment below with your email address.

Best of luck!

500 Followers Giveaway! [CLOSED]

Another massive milestone for us, another giveaway for you guys! This time, we're giving you guys the chance to win a Chanel lipstick of your choice!

We're delighted to have reached this amount of followers so quickly, and we love giving back to you guys. We're in a privileged position to be sent so many products to try for the site on a weekly basis. Because of that, it's only right that we hold these giveaways to give our readers the chance to receive something lovely too.

Read on to see how you can win and please be sure to read the rules carefully!

To Enter:

  • You must be a follower of the blog (we'll be checking!) via Google Friend Connect. If you don't have a Google Account don't worry- you can follow via your Twitter account by just clicking "Follow" and following the prompts.

  • You must leave a comment on this post to show your interest and please include your email address/Twitter username so we can contact you and, also, leave any additional usernames for each additional entry you are entitled to (Max 5 entries).

  • For a second entry, follow us on Twitter (@VivaAdonis). Be sure to leave your Twitter username in the comment so we can check that you're following.

  • For a third entry, "Like" our Facebook page. You can do this by clicking this link or by clicking the "Like" button on the Wibiya toolbar at the bottom of this page.

  • For a fourth entry, Subscribe to us on YouTube (VivaAdonisTV) and leave your YouTube username in your comment.

  • For a fifth entry, Tweet the following "WIN CHANEL LIPSTICK on @VivaAdonis #500giveaway"

The giveaway will end on the 3rd of October at 12 noon!

We will contact the winners and get your addresses and the lipstick of your choice. If you are under 18, please get your parent or guardian's permission to enter as we will need your address to send your prize. As we will be buying and posting the prizes ourselves, this giveaway is, unfortunately, limited to just UK and Ireland readers. We will try and have a big international giveaway soon!

If in the event that your choice is unavailable, we will choose a dupe of equal value.

Best of luck!

Psst! We also have a Facebook Giveaway running at the moment for Lush products! Enter here!

September 18, 2011

Review: Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing

More than once I have mentioned about how I have a creepy obsession with exfoliating. I find the process so satisfying that I often have to reign myself in from doing it more than once or twice a week and sloughing half my skin off! See, told you it was creepy!

So, I was understandably delighted when we received September GlossyBoxes to find that two sachets of Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing had been included. Even the name, Salt Brushing, sounds incredibly satisfying!

Anyways, enough of the creepy from me. As you may have seen in my recent shower post, I am almost out of my beloved Green Angel exfoliator as my mam and sister's have also taken a liking to it so, I jumped on this GlossyBox offering to see if I could find a product worthy of replacing it.

Twiveaway Winner!

We held our first Twiveaway this week after we reached 1000 Twitter followers for a whole pile of Essence goodies! We had a great response and will be holding another Twiveaway when we reach 2000 followers!

Without further ado, the winner is...

September 17, 2011

Breaking LUSH News!

A little Lush birdie told me today that some permanent products will be taken off the shelves by the end of next week in preparation for the huge influx of Christmas stock. 

While we are waiting on confirmation of all of the products that will be removed, I did find out that the Almond and Coconut Shower Smoothie as well as Mrs Whippy Bath Bomb will be two of the products saying au revoir to your local Lush store! 

We don't yet know if these will be permanently discontinued or if they will be returning once the Christmas season is over but, when we know, you will too! 

So, if you can't bear to shower without your Coconut and Almond Smoothie or if Mrs Whippy is the only Bath Bomb for you, be sure to stock up before the end of next week!

Winter Series #1: LUSH Skincare

The first installment in our winter series concerns skin and taking care of it in the chilly weather.

You all know that we are huge fans of Lush and these skincare products are specifically targeted at combatting the effect wintery weather can have on you skin, aiming to rehydrate and soothe with a little frivolous pampering thrown in for good measure!

September 16, 2011

Viva Irish:

Being a beauty addict can be a costly business as many of you probably know. The outlay to feed our "addiction" can often be hefty and, to most sane people, can seem ludicrous. So, while we love to buy make-up, haircare, skincare and nail polish, we also love to save money whenever possible.

Beauty MattersEnter, a new Irish online beauty mecca featuring covetable, hard-to-get-in-Ireland brands like Butter London, Ren Skincare, Macadamia and Crest Whitening Strips, all for a very reasonable price and with more brands being added every day.

So, whether you are a nail polish junkie like ourselves or a skincare obsessive, you will definitely find your little bit of luxury here! Oh, and they throw in two free samples per order so you get a little surprise when you receive your package!

We were asked to pick out a product each from the site and, naturally, zeroed in on the Butter London range, of which there seem to be hundreds! We'd been gagging to try these polishes for ages and BeautyMatters sells them at a very competitive €13 in comparison to the limited retailers I've seen them in.

Being that we were clearly magpies in our former lives, we went straight for the glitter-filled polishes and chose Henley Regatta - a mermaid-esque turquoise, and Rosie Lee - a beautiful and on-trend rose gold.

More pictures after the jump!

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