November 30, 2012

Weleda Christmas Crackers ¦ Christmas 2012

As we hurtle towards December, I find myself getting more and more excited for Christmas. A lot of my favourite brands have released little festive favours and, over the past few weeks, I have been sharing my top picks with you. Some of you eagle-eyed little readers may recognise these cute crackers from my recent beauty gift guide post. However, I loved them so much, I thought they deserved to be showcased in a post of their own!

November 29, 2012

Christmas 2012 ¦ Gifts for the Boys!

This week really is all about Christmas on the blog, and I'm pretty sure that we won't be shutting up about the silly season for a while yet! Sinéad's already done a Beauty gift guide for the girls, but if you have a guy that is difficult to buy for, I'm hoping that this selection might offer some relief and guidance.

WIN! Avon ANEW Hamper (Worth €100!)

Sigh! Our last giveaway and to close out our second birthday month we have a selection of some of Avon ANEW's most popular products including the coveted Pro Line Corrector Treatment with A-F33 which has massive waiting lists and is selling out all over the place! You can win;

Clinical Pro Line Corrector Treatment with A-F33

Clinical Eye Life Pro

Ultimate Ulti-Minute Lifting Complex

Rejuvenate (30+) Regimen Kit

Enter below!

November 28, 2012

Tarte Fantastic Foursome Amazonian Clay Blush Enthusiast Set

It's only when you write a blog that you realise how much time you actually spend thinking about the same stuff. It's like a written record of what once would have been your own inner musings and, when you have an obsessive personality like I do (organisation, having whole collections, routine etc) you have to be careful that you don't constantly repeat yourself in posts. So, yes, I am aware that I have mentioned my love for Tarte blushes in this post here and this one here, oh, and this big review here but, in my defense these are new, an absolute bargain and I wanted to bring them to your attention in case you are one of our lucky readers who has easy access to the brand!

November 27, 2012

Winter Perfume Favourites


After a fairly mild start to the season, it's absolutely freezing in Dublin right now, and it's more obvious than ever that winter has definitely descended! We're keeping it pretty seasonal and festive on the blog this week and, in that spirit, I've three perfumes to talk about today that I've been loving and would make brilliant gifts this Christmas!

November 26, 2012

Beauty Gift Ideas ¦ Christmas 2012

Can you believe that this day four weeks will be Christmas Eve? It is probably my favourite day of the whole year and I can't wait to do some our usual traditions like watching Christmas movies with my sisters in our (matching) Christmas pyjamas; spending the evening with Kev's family for Christmas dinner #1; and curling up with my mam and sisters later that night to watch (quite bizarrely, I understand) Calendar Girls! I really think it's our own traditions that can make Christmas so special.

But, I digress. While Christmas Eve is all well and good, the run-up to the season itself can be quite stressful with parties to organise, meals to plan, trees to decorate and, of course, gifts to buy. While we have been giving you the lowdown on some of 2012's festive collections over the last few weeks, I wanted to put together a gift cheat sheet, with a beauty theme of course, that could be referred back to if you're stuck for ideas over the next few weeks!

November 23, 2012

17 Dazzle The Night ¦ Christmas 2012

Last week we brought you the delectable Christmas collection from No7 and today we are following up with  the festive offering from the little sister brand, 17. Dazzle The Night (I had Gaga's Marry The Night in my head all day after writing this post!) is inspired by crisp winter evenings and is packed full of shimmer, shine and subtle frost. The collection is rather mini in comparison to that of No7 and features three products; Shimmer Rocks and two Glitter Nails nail polishes.

November 22, 2012

Brilliant Basics

Being exposed to beauty as much as we are, it can be really easy to get constantly carried away with the 'next big thing' or the hottest product of the moment that everyone is talking about. The reality is, though, that a lot of these products are often left by the wayside with the passage of time, and we return to what works best for us. This is pretty much the premise of this post - these are products that I use the most often, that get me through the daily grind. If I've pressed the snooze button a few too many times, I could do my face using a selection of these products to make me look relatively presentable. So, you get the gist at this stage... here are my brilliant basics!

WIN! 5 x Avon Bestseller Hampers

Five of you will get the chance to win a trio of Avon's bestselling products including;

- SuperSHOCK Gel Eyeline

- SuperSHOCK MAX Mascara

- 6-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette

Enter below!

November 21, 2012

Best Budget Brushes

I've made no secret of the fact that make-up brushes are my number one beauty weakness. I shudder to think of how much my collection is worth and despair at the thought of ever losing my brush roll (I always keep it in my hand luggage when I travel!). For the first few years of my beauty obsession, I was all about the MAC brushes and, to a certain extent, I still am. The quality and variety are unparalleled and I have never regretted spending the money on one. However, over the last year to 18 months, my eyes have really been opened to some really amazing brush brands that are good quality yet won't break the bank.

November 19, 2012

Burt's Bees ¦ Christmas 2012

Burt's Bees is one of those beauty brands that, while not typically popular, every beauty boffin has a favourite product from. I've heard YouTubers going mad over the hand soap and bloggers swearing by the spot treatment while my ultimate product from Burt has to be the body scrub.

However, one product that always comes up again and again is the brands famed beeswax lip balm. A tube of this has been a constant in my beauty drawers for more years than I can count as it is the perfect lipstick base and, this year, Burt and his team have come up with some adorable duos of the tinted lip balm; perfect for stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts!

November 18, 2012

WIN! Pixy Hamper

Our friends at Pixy have given us a gorgeous hamper for one of you. It's full of bath and shower products, perfect for a pampering on a cold winter evening! The winner will get;

- Bath Bomb x 2
- Shower Mousse
- Lemon Cuticle Balm
- Bar Soap
- Bath Muffin

November 16, 2012

Party Invitations/Cards ¦ Christmas 2012

In some ways, I wish I lived in America. Americans always find a way to make a proper occasion out of everything; Valentine's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, you name it, someone, somewhere in the USA is sure to be throwing an amazing party for it!

And, you know, it makes me so jealous as I deludedly like to think of myself a a demi-Martha Stewart (or a quieter Rachel Ray!) and I have all these ideas and inspirations that are just crying out for a party or dinner to be put to good use! However, one time of year that Ireland really gets festive and gives it welly with the themed food, decorations and massive get-togethers is Christmas. Yep, we really do go all out for the season of goodwill!

This year, as usual, we are having a family party with sparkly dresses, festive food, good wine and great company. However, instead of letting the occasion pass by without any sense of, well, occasion about it, I decided to do up some fun little invitations to invite my family along for dinner and drinks. I can't take entire credit for this design as I originally saw this design somewhere online; either a craft blog or Pinterest, but, I can't for the life of me find it now to link. I changed the colour-scheme and fonts used but, kept the idea of the "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" message as well as the mixed typography. 

November 15, 2012

WIN! Sally Hansen Hamper (Worth €100!)

This is the kind of prize that dreams are made of; €100 worth of nailcare goodies from one of our favourite brands Sally Hansen with their cult favourite Airbrush Legs tan thrown in for good measure. One of you will win;

- 2 x Complete Salon Manicure

- 2 x Salon Effects

- 2 x Gem Crush

- Miracle Cure

- Nail Shine Miracle

- Complete Care 4-in-1

- Airbrush Legs

Enter below!

Japonesque Safari Chic Collection


At the risk of sounding totally frivolous, make-up brushes are a top priority for both myself and Sinead. It's something that we've both invested in over the years, and we're always on the look-out for the next 'it' brush. While the Real Techniques brushes have dominated the blogosphere over the last year or so, Japonesque have been making brushes for a long time and have recently come out with some pretty innovative and intriguing stuff. I've been putting the Safari Chic Collection* through its paces, so if you like the look of these brushes, do read on!


November 14, 2012

My Face #4 (Plus Outfit!)

Not only was last Sunday our 2nd Birthday here at VivaAdonis (See all our birthday giveaways here!) but, on a more personal level, it was also my 8 year anniversary with my boyfriend! We went out for dinner to a local Chinese (still the best one I've ever been to!) that we go to every year and just had a lovely relaxing evening.

I don't tend to go out very often so, I love to take any opportunity I can to get dolled-up and have fun with make-up and clothes. I snapped these pictures before rushing out the door to show you my look for the evening and also my current favourite lip combo. Apologies for the flash (damn you winter darkness!) and for the hurried, slightly startled/manic look on my face! Also, apologies for the poor quality product shot, my camera died so, I just snapped it on my phone!

November 13, 2012

Winter Winners


Although the weather here in Dublin has actually been surprisingly mild for the past week or so, there's no denying that winter is here, and with that comes the usual effects that the season ravages upon our skin. Sore, chapped lips and dry, dehydrated skin can occur at this time of year, but a bit of care and maybe a bit of a switch-up in your routine will take care of all that and, hopefully, keep your skin hydrated and plump right through the season. I've quite a few products in my arsenal that are suitable for winter woes, and these are the ones I'm loving the most right now to keep my skin in good nick - a sort of 'Winter Favourites', really!

November 12, 2012

No7 Deco Darling ¦ Christmas 2012

I love everything about Christmas; the decorations, the food, the distinct air of magic that surrounds everything for the month of December. I also love the Christmas beauty line-ups and, this year, No7 has delivered one of the standout collections of the season with Deco Darling.

November 11, 2012

WIN! La Roche-Posay Hamper (Worth €150!)

Today is our official 2nd birthday so, we have a second giveaway this week and, boy, is it an amazing one! As you are all probably aware, we are both huge skincare junkies and La Roche-Posay is one of our absolute favourite brands. This prize, worth €150, will include;

- Lipikar Syndet 400ml
- Lipikar Balm AP 400ml
- Effaclar Foaming Gel Cleanser 200ml
- Thermal Spa Water 150ml
- Effaclar K 30ml
-  Effaclar Mat 40ml
- Lipikar Cleansing Oil 200ml
-Effaclar Duo 40ml
- Toleriane Ultra 40ml
- Anthelios SPF 50+ Fluid Face 

Enter using the form below!

November 09, 2012

Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner

For years I have been using the MAC Brush Cleanser to spot clean my brushes and, you know, it works pretty darn well! However, it is expensive for something you effectively just let soak into a flannel so, I decided to try some different cleansers to see if I could replace my beloved MAC. First up, is the Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner which I picked up in NYC earlier this year.

November 08, 2012

WIN! 2 x Sleek 2012 Ltd Collections

Today we have a prize from Irish online beauty haven BeautyEmporium! Two lucky winners will receive the complete Sleek 2012 Ltd Collection including; 
- iDivine Palette in Glory
- Blush in Honour 
- Pout Polish in Pride

Enter using the form below!

Lush Shower Stuff


After we gave you a run-down of what Lush has on offer for Christmas 2012, we both commenced some rigorous testing of the products! I've been trying three of their shower products, all of which are available at the moment, and can now report back with some thoughts.


November 07, 2012

Maybelline Fit Me

One of the constant gripes about drugstore/pharmacy brands is that there is not enough shade variation and choice when it comes to skintone-specific products like foundation, concealer and powder. Where higher end brands can often cater for upwards of 20 different skintones and undertones, counter space is a lot more limited in a pharmacy-type setup and, logistically, brands can't meet consumer demands.

However, Maybelline has recently seized on this opening in the budget cosmetics market to produce a range of foundation, powder and concealer that not only caters for the very pale and very dark skintones as well as those in-between but, also for different undertones. Introducing Maybelline Fit Me.

November 06, 2012

Butter London Dodgy Barnett & the Stylflle


Butter London has to be one of the fanciest brands of nail polish that I've ever tried. This is my second, and both have been sent to me by Would I buy one for myself? I can't say that I would for sure, probably only if I had a lot more cash than I usually do, and if in that case, it'd have to be a really unique shade like Disco Biscuit.

Dodgy Barnett is another pretty unique shade, which came out as part of Butter's winter 2012 collection. However, being a long-time nail polish hoarder, I do have a bit of a dupe for this - GOSH Holographic. If you're looking for a super-holographic, bling bling nail polish then the GOSH one is definitely the way to go if you can find it, plus it's also about half the price of Dodgy Barnett.

Nevertheless, this polish has plenty of its own merits. It's a much paler, more muted grey than Holographic, and the 'holo' effect is more subtle - meaning it was a bitch to capture on camera!


November 05, 2012

My Essie Collection

This post was initially supposed to be on my entire nail polish collection and storage. However, when I actually dragged out all my boxes of polish and started to photograph them, I realised that I had way more than I thought, around 120, and that the post would be too long and too picture-heavy! So, I decided just to start off by showing you my ever-growing Essie collection as these are my current favourite polishes and you can let me know in the comments if you would like to see the rest of my collection in future posts!

November 04, 2012

WIN! LUSH "Celebrate" Gift

Our second birthday giveaway is from one of our guilty pleasure brands, LUSH. There is something so blissful and luxurious about having some pampering lovelies at your disposal so, we've teamed up with the people at LUSH to give one of you lucky folks the chance to win the Celebrate gift!

Enter below!

November 02, 2012


I don't have a bath in my house and it kills me because there is nothing that I love more than sinking into a giant mass of piping hot bubbles and not moving until the water turns cold and my skin shrivels up. So, when this intriguingly squishy product from LUSH arrived at my house, I was more than a bit annoyed that I wouldn't get to try it out properly. When my boyfriend commented how nice this smelled, I asked him (slightly begrudgingly, truth be told!) would he like to try it out and give me some feedback. 

November 01, 2012

Self-Gifting with Clarins


Let's face it: it's a rare thing to walk away from a high-end counter in any department store feeling like you got a bargain. I'm all for justifying the purchase of high-end, quality products on a cost-per-wear basis, but, the reality is that a lot of these items are damn expensive and it is rare to get a good deal. So, I was pleasantly surprised with what I got for my money at the Clarins counter in Clerys recently!

On the hunt for a nice birthday gift for my mam, I decided that Clarins would be a safe bet and picked her up a gift set with a trio of their famed hand and nail cream. Of course, some self-gifting also ensued. I'd been lusting after their Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer for an age after Sinéad did a rave review about it, and so I decided to bite the bullet and finally buy it. When I asked the assistant for it, she was helpful enough to show me a set that they had just got in, which included the full-sized primer as well as a radiance primer and lip product for the same price that the primer usually retails at.


WIN! Real Techniques Core Collection and St Tropez

Our first birthday giveaway comes to you courtesy of our good friends at Cloud10Beauty, one of Ireland's premier online beauty stores. Stocking hard-to-find products from brands like Essie, OPI, Real Techniques and Sigma, Cloud10 offers everything a beauty addict could want!

One lucky winner will have the coveted and our personal favourite Real Techniques Core Collection and the popular St Tropez Dark Tan delivered straight to their door! So, what are you waiting for, fill in the form after the jump to be in with a chance to win!

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