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September 29, 2012

W7 Lava Flow

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So, with the amount of nail polish that I own, it's fairly logical that at this stage I've started to pick up some fairly odd and unusual ones. There's a (weird) shop in the Ilac Centre in Dublin called La Chica who do W7, and I picked this one up last week when I was passing. When I got home and looked at it, I thought I'd finally lost the plot and that it was foul. After I applied it, though, I actually warmed to it loads, and now I'm kind of obsessed with it.

September 28, 2012

Zoya Jem

Given how much time I dedicate to painting my nails (usually 2-3 times per week!), it's rather strange I don't do more nail-of-the-day style posts! However, this particular polish is so spectacular that I couldn't get the camera out fast enough to try and capture some of its beauty. Unfortunately, this is one of those shades that plays differently under different lights so, it's near impossible to capture all of its multi-faceted glory on camera! However, the shade is none the worse for it so, please, feast your eyes on Zoya Jem*!

September 27, 2012

Take Three: Deep Conditioners

A decent deep conditioner is an essential part of a good haircare routine - especially if your hair is as dry, damaged and overloaded with colour as mine is. This is total overload, but I've three on the go at the moment, so I thought I'd tell you about each one!


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I'll start off by admitting that for the last couple of years, I was totally convinced that the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle* deep conditioning treatment was completely and utterly overrated. When I was sent it the other month, I wasn't too excited. However, after using it once or twice, it had completely changed my mind. It may be because this is the version for coloured hair, but, either way, this conditioner is way better than I remembered. It has a really delicious apricot smell and does wonders at keeping my hair super-soft. Best of all, it won't break the bank at around €7 and it lasts and lasts.
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September 26, 2012

1: Empties

I find these "empties" posts to be something of an anomaly. The rational side of me wonders why anyone cares about other people's glorified rubbish while the beauty-loving side adores seeing what people have used up and reading mini reviews of products. It's been a bit of an internal tug-of-war about whether or not I would bow down and accept that I really enjoy these types of posts and, it was only when I got really positive feedback on Twitter that I decided I would try my hand at writing an empties post!

Please do bear in mind that I find it very hard to finish up anything so, this stuff has been accumulated over a period of months. I'll probably only post on my empties and what I thought of the products when I have a decent amount of stuff to include so, you probably won't see another of these for quite some time!

September 25, 2012

NUXE Crème Fraîche de Beauté Skincare

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Another day, another skincare range! Well, not really. We have gone through quite an amount of skincare of late, though (see last week's review of Pai skincare here), and having used this range since the beginning of August, I feel like I can give you guys a really honest and detailed review.

The concept behind this skincare range is kind of bizarre: 'The new botanic milkshake for dehydrated and sensitive skin, that moisturises and soothes for 24 hours'. If you break it down, though, it's a lot easier to see where NUXE are coming from with these products. They're meant to hydrate and soothe all skin types, which is really a great concept for this time of year. I've said it before and I'll say it again: skin that is oily can also be dehydrated, and if you start to treat your skin for dehydration, you will look so much more radiant and healthy.

September 24, 2012

My Face #1


I rarely do these "what's on my face" style posts. Day-to-day I don't really wear much make-up and, when I have myself properly made-up, I tend to be legging it out the door so, don't have time to sit down and get a decent shot. However, I do love to see them on other blogs so, I'll be making more of an effort to show my face on here, assuming it's of interest!

Today's post will be on my everyday make-up. These are the products I have been reaching for consistently over the past few months and which I really rate highly. Please do bear in mind that I don't use all of these products everyday, usually just various combinations. However, if I'm heading out after work or going shopping at the weekend, I'll usually wear this make-up; a neutral eye paired with a coral-ish lip.

September 22, 2012

La Roche-Posay Hydreane BB Creme


Friggin' BB creams. If I'm perfectly honest, I'm actually so sick of hearing about them! I love my foundation and, as a medium-to-sometimes-full-coverage (and breathe) kinda girl, it's not the kind of product that usually makes it into my makeup. It's important to note too that the new generation of Western BB creams are very different to Asian BB (and CC!) creams - as far as I can tell, a lot of BB creams coming out here are essentially tinted mosturisers with a high SPF, whilst traditional BBs offer a myridad of skincare benefits. I am no expert, though, so please do correct me if I'm wrong!

September 21, 2012

A/W 2012 with NYC Cosmetics

Autumn is fast approaching and along with the crisp air, crunchy leaves, hats and scarves comes a change in beauty trends. Gone now are the pale pastels and neon lips of summer, replaced largely with smokey, earthy tones that flatter and warm the complexion.

Budget brand NYC has everything the trend conscious could want to revamp their look for the upcoming season. Ranging in price from €1.49 to €3.99, we have a whole pile of stuff to show you including some pretty special eye quads that I think will have you hot-footing it to the nearest chemist!

September 20, 2012

Lasting Liners on a Budget

We all hate panda eyes, right?! Unless you're in your early teens and/or a big fan of Avril Lavigne, runny, smudged eyeliner is just not a great look. Over the past couple of years, we've seen a lot of big high-end brands bring out super-pigmented pencil liners that are different to traditional kohl pencils in that they set after a few seconds and will not budge after that! Liners in this vein would be Urban Decay 24/7, NARS Larger than Life, Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof...you get my drift.

Recently, more affordable brands have brought out their own waterproof offerings.  I have four liners to show you today from Rimmel and Sleek - let's see if they live up to their high-end cousins!


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September 19, 2012

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration

I'm really not too particular about my shampoo. I have straight, uncoloured hair that needs little in the way of taming or repair. However, I am a total sucker for a yummy scented shampoo so, when a neatly wrapped package arrived to my house containing the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner, I was instantly sold on the smell alone! Yep, I'm a marketers dream...

September 18, 2012

Pai Skincare

God, we've gone absolutely bonkers for skincare here on the site over the past few months. We can't quite explain it but, it seems as though we are hoovering up every skincare product in our path! The latest brand to come into our line of sight is Pai skincare, a certified organic range targeted at sensitive and allergy-prone skin. As we both have different skintypes, we've been roadtesting two different products to give you a broader first impression of the brand and the products they offer. 

Before we jump into our reviews, we just wanted to give some general opinions on the brand. Firstly, the products are beautifully packaged. From the intricately embossed outer boxes (not pictured) to the clean and simple, yet striking containers, these products manage to look both scientific and luxurious, which is no mean feat (One of our favourite skincare brands, La Roche-Posay, is overwhelmingly scientific in its packaging which can be offputting.). Price-wise, this is a middle-of-the-road skincare brand. It's nowhere near the price points of uber-luxury brands like Creme de la Mer, nor is it dwelling with drugstore brands like Simple and Boots Botanics. While you may balk at skincare prices, it really is the one area of beauty that we heartily suggest investing heavily into. Not only because a good skincare regime will aid a your make-up application and keep skin looking clearer and younger but, if you have sensitive skin, you'll appreciate how hard it is to find good products that are gentle. 

Sinead ~ Normal Skin ~ Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser*

The Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is intended as, well, a hydrating cleanser that removes dirt, impurities and make-up. I don't usually have much faith in products which claim to remove make-up as I never feel that my skin is thoroughly cleaned unless I wash it a second time which is not exactly cost-effective. 


September 17, 2012

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat: The Epic Review

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It's here, it's gorgeous, and, at this stage, I'm quite sure that we have all heard about it. Our review of this is late to the party, but we purposefully left it so long so as to give it a really thorough trial. In hindsight, we are delighted we gave it the extra trialling period as our opinions of this foundation did change over time. 

So, here's the blurb that we've all heard: this foundation is the result of years of research, a continuation of the famed Touche Éclat highlighter pen, a massive new innovation that we are all sure to adore and purchase again and again. There was a huge marketing push behind this product, and the brand are sure to have shifted millions of units since it was released. But is this going to be an enduringly popular product, and is it something that we would purchase for ourselves after our samples have run out? Well, grab a cuppa, settle in and keep reading to find out, this is gonna be a long one!

September 14, 2012

Super Neon Nails!


When I was thinking about how best to describe this nail polish, one song kept playing on a loop in my head:


                                                 

September 13, 2012

You Blog and You Learn

This post is mainly aimed at our readers who are also fellow bloggers. If you have no interest in a non-beauty post, no worries, just click here to be taken to today's beauty post. However, even if you're not a blogger but, are interested in what goes on behind the scenes and in our heads, feel free to stick around and have a read! 

There have been a lot of rumblings of late that all is not well in the blogosphere and a Twitter conversation with some of our fellow bloggers last night further compounded this feeling of upheaval and really got us thinking. The source of this discontent seems to stem from an observed "negativity" and has been said to encapsulate everything from bitchiness and trolling to a cliquey, exclusionary attitude. Thankfully, we haven't really experienced much of this so-called negativity first hand. We very much live by a philosophy of "you do yours, and we'll do ours" but, that doesn't make us oblivious to goings on around us, nor does it make us immune to feeling overwhelmed and disillusioned with the whole blogging experience from time-to-time, despite the fact that we always quickly bounce back from it.

There have been a number of posts relatively recently, from blogs that we love and hold in high regard, expressing concerns about the shift of mood in the blogging community. One of our favourites, and one which seemed to strike a chord with a lot of people if Twitter chat is anything to go by, is by Jane from British Beauty Blogger in which she discusses how easily blogging can mess with your head - even for a seasoned pro like herself!

The more of these posts we've seen crop up from blogs around the world (Yep, it's not just an Irish thing, folks!), the more we have felt compelled to share our two cents in the hope that other bloggers can relate and realise they aren't the only ones and also give some loose guidance to those bloggers just starting out and who may be feeling a bit apprehensive about dipping a toe into the massive blogging pool. Last night's conversation was the push we needed to put our feelings into words and share a little of our experiences, upsets and how we overcome them in the hope that it resonates with some of you. We're not experts and we're not by any means "perfect" bloggers (Is there such a thing?!) but, we have experienced and witnessed a fair bit in the past two years that is worth sharing.

Holiday Heroes

When you try as many beauty products as I do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, it's rare that one really stands out and, when it does, I know it's a good one! I don't know whether it was the pared down collection I brought on holiday or the fact that the different weather and environment allowed for different products to shine but, there were a few items that really surprised me over the two weeks I was away and ones which I reached for on a daily basis.



September 12, 2012

Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protectant: Amazing!


 I've become more than a bit obsessed with haircare of late. To cut a long story short, I almost destroyed my hair a few months back and have been paying it a whole lot more attention ever since. Basically, I had wanted to dye my hair a really bright red for the longest time. I finally bit the bullet, went in with bleach and red dye, and (unsurprisingly) hated the result. It was far too bright and, no matter how much I tried to tone it down, I still looked like Holly from Geordie Shore. Not good. Before the week was out, I was back to brunette, but left with some seriously damaged hair. Since then, I've been taking extra care to look after and strengthen my locks. The first product to really wow me was Kerastase Chroma Thermique. It's still something that I will be definitely repurchasing, and now I'm happy to report that I've found another deadly product that does great things for my hair. Best of all, it cost me just under a fiver!

September 11, 2012

New York Beauty Buys


I'm baaack! 

Yep, after two amazing and memorable weeks, I am back on Irish soil and, honestly, feeling a little down about the whole thing! However, what better way to stave off the post-holiday blues than by sharing the beauty purchases I made while away?!

I will be doing a few posts on my time in New York, the islands I visited as well as the whole cruise experience over on this second blog so, if you're interested in reading these, please give it a follow!

I don't really do these "haul" posts anymore because I get the impression some people take them the wrong way or just don't like them. However, since so many of you asked me to share my beauty buys, I felt that this was the easiest way to do so. I think it goes without saying that I paid for all these items myself and hadn't been buying make-up over the last few months in order to save up for some US-only products. So, without further ado, here's the few bits I bought in Sephora, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Ricky's and Saks!


September 10, 2012

Organique Chocolate Collection

Today is something of a sad day as I will have, fingers crossed, arrived back in Dublin at 5am this morning and am, undoubtedly, suffering from post-holiday blues!

It seems like the beauty world is going a little bit chocolate-crazy of late! I've never been a fan of chocolate-scented anything but, was recently proven wrong with the delectable Chocomania collection from the Body Shop. It genuinely smells like chocolate and not the sickly sweet, chemically manufactured stench that usually turns my stomach.

When I was sent some products from the Organique Chocolate line to try, I was somewhat apprehensive. Surely the cosmetics industry couldn't strike it out of the park twice for me in the one year with cocoa-inspired products?! How wrong was I! Dare I say it but, Organique Chocolate actually smells better than Chocomania, almost good enough to eat (and yes, the thought did cross my mind!). I have the Chocolate Sugar Peeling exfoliator and the Chocolate Bronzing Body Butter from the collection.

September 07, 2012

Caudalie Eau de Beauté Beauty Elixir

This is a scheduled post as I am currently on holiday! Yesterday we made our final stop and today and tomorrow we are cruising. As you're reading this, we could be ice-skating or rock climbing or watching a Cirque du Soleil show - not stuff you ever expect to be doing when at sea! 

The beauty world, by nature, can be a fickle beast. We are always chomping at the bit for the next big thing, the next "must-have" product and we allow ourselves to get caught up in the hype. Having been stung too many times by purchasing products that just didn't deserve the mass-hysteria surrounding them, I have been trying to exercise some caution by not buying something just because everyone says it's the bee's knees! So, that, by way of explanation, is why I'm only coming to you know with my thoughts on Caudalie's famed Beauty Elixir (€12.87/30ml), a good four or five months since it started causing waves on the beauty circuit!

September 06, 2012

Win a Prudence Subscription!

We love to support any Irish enterprise, so when Prudence approached us about their latest issue, we were more than happy to give them a shout-out. The issue coincides with a total re-vamp of the magazine, and it's only €2.85! Check out how gorgeous Jessica Biel looks on the cover:

What I'm Wearing #2: Armani Face


Now, this is not the best make-up that I have done recently. There are some faults and slip-ups here - my eyeliner is pretty wonky and has transferred onto my upper eyelid - not a good look. But hey, we're all human and I'd feel like I was lying to you guys if I didn't put these up, I just wish I'd stopped at eyeshadow that day! The main purpose of this post is to show you a few bits that I received at a recent Armani event, let you know what I think of them and how they look on my face, as well as letting you know what my current foundation routine is.


September 05, 2012

The Body Shop All-In-One Cheek Colour "Ginger"

This is a scheduled post as I am currently on holiday. Today we will be docking at the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Having been here twice before, this is Kev's favourite place in the Caribbean, not least for its ancient architecture and pirate legends!

Blush ranks among the Top 3 make-up items that I can't live without. Mascara and lipstick are the other two. I love how transformative a good blusher is when it has the power to lift your complexion from drab to fab with the mere sweep of a brush. So, when this blush from The Body Shop landed with me, I was quite excited to try it out.

September 04, 2012

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle

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I love trying new scents, but I can be very fussy about what ones I actually like. My favourite scents are heady, deep ones that aren't too fruity or light - think Chanel Chance, Prada Amber and, most recently after Sue gave me a spritz, Chanel Coco Noir (I need it, it's like nasal heroin). However, it is always good to branch out, and I have been pleasantly surprised with just how much I love the new offering from Lancôme, La Vie Est Belle*.

September 03, 2012

Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale UV Riche

This is a scheduled post as I am currently on holiday. Today we will be docked at the island of St. Maarten, famed for its diamond trade. Who knows, maybe if my haggling is up to scratch, I may make an investment purchase!!

As you will probably be well-aware by now, I'm utterly obsessed with skincare. Cleansers, masks, serums, oils; I love them all but, one product in particular has recently been taking my daily skincare routine by storm and I thought it was time I shared it with you!

September 01, 2012

New and Cheap Stuff!


I do enjoy a bit of a quick fix shopping-wise. As much as I love browsing the high-end counters, a purchase isn't always possible from them, and it's at these times that I usually hit Penneys for a quick, cheap beauty treat. I picked this bunch of goodies up on two separate occasions; I got the lash and brow gel on an emergency trip to the chemist for hair dye (my brown hair KEEPS fading!), and the rest was purchased on an impromptu quick trip to Penneys with Laura after a recent event. The first thing I picked up was this really pretty mint green bow makeup bag for only €4. I love it, it's very Topshop-looking, and I'm so glad to finally have a pretty makeup bag. Prior to this one, I was using the most horrific, gaudy-looking gold yoke!


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