December 31, 2013

Estée Lauder Lipstick Envy

Forget lipsticks, this is a Lipstick. You know the one - the kind that is shiny, weighty and snaps shut with a satisfying, effortless magnetic click. The type that you delight in pulling out of your bag to reapply; the one that makes you feel like a lady when most of the time you feel like you've barely got your shit together (that last part may just be me).

December 30, 2013

My Face #10

It's a nice feeling to be rounding out the year with the tenth My Face post. I've loved doing these posts every month or so as it's a really great way to share and demonstrate my favourite products of the moment and I hope you have enjoyed reading them too! This was the look I went for on Christmas Day. I was rushing a bit as I was cooking that morning but, this look only took about 20 minutes to achieve and I really liked how the eyes and lips complemented each other. 

December 27, 2013

Take 3 ¦ Hand Creams

Are you making any New Year's resolutions? I've never been keen on them myself, rather preferring to constantly reassess my life, actions and options throughout the year and make the change there and then rather than waiting for a whole new year to roll around. 

So, when, at the start of November, I decided I needed to start stepping up my game in some areas of my beauty regime, I decided to get stuck right in! One of those areas was eye cream and the other was hand cream. Both of these areas of my body have been sorely neglected in the beauty stakes and, after particularly seeing how chapped and ragged my hands were becoming from the cold weather, I wanted to address the issues head on. Over the past two months I have been trialling and testing a number of hand creams in a variety of environments and wanted to share my pick of the bunch with you today. To see the eye creams I have been using (and loving!) click here

December 23, 2013

Viva Adonis Best in Beauty 2013

It's that time of year again, the time to round-up our favourite beauty bits throughout the year and whittle them down to only the most outstanding! Best in Beauty 2013 features eight categories; Face, Cheeks, Eyes, Lips, Skincare Basics and Extras, Nails and Body and in each we've picked our standout products and explaining a little about why we love them! 

We would love to hear about some of your favourites of 2013 so, please do let us know in the comments! We will be taking a wee break from posting for the next few days so that we can relax and enjoy Christmas. We'll be back with a new post on the 27th December! 

December 20, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide - Last Minute Ideas

With just five days to go until Christmas you've probably got everything beautifully wrapped, ready and waiting under the tree. Or...maybe not! Every year, there always seems to be that one stray gift that leaves you slack with fear that you've forgotten someone.

Worry not, whether it's a genuine slip of the mind, an unexpected holiday party or receiving a present you weren't expecting and getting in a flap trying to reciprocate, I have some ideas that could be worth keeping in mind (or even keeping a few in the cupboard!) just in case! Better yet, most of them are not Christmas-centric so, if you buy a few to have on-hand that you don't use, you could always save them up for future birthdays etc.

December 19, 2013

Chanel Ombres Matelassées - Charming Eyeshadow Palette

I've been going absolutely nuts for eyeshadow over the last few months. I think maybe I'm compensating in some way because for years, I barely wore the stuff and just stuck to flicked-out liquid liner. Now, I definitely have an extensive selection of eyeshadow but when I saw pictures of this palette, I just found it far too difficult to pass up.

December 18, 2013

Current Favourites

It's been a few months since I have done a Current Favourites and when I was thinking about what make-up to pack for my trip to Prague (which I'm on now) I realised I had quite a few new entries in my make-up collection that were worth updating you on! Over the last 6 months or so, I have been making a concerted effort to streamline my make-up collection, making some high quality purchases that I get use out of everyday. 

December 17, 2013

Festive Reds

If there's any week that you should be rocking a red lip, it's this one. Christmas parties and outings are at their peak, and I for one have been finding it difficult to wear anything but red lipstick lately! I know that not everyone is uber-confident about wearing red but, honestly, to me it's the most empowering, ladylike shade of lipstick and I'd be lost without it. I feel like a matte, vampy, old-school red lip is perfect for Christmas, as the finish will last through many a party or dinner. 

December 16, 2013

Winter Skincare

We're in the throes of winter and between the biting wind, stinging cold and unrelenting central heating, my skin has been playing tricks on me. Though it is normal for the majority of the year, as soon as it is exposed to weather of any extreme, it seems to shut down and become dehydrated, sensitive and easily irritated. While I do want to redesign my skincare system in 2014, I have been biding my time and digging into my skincare drawers for products that meet the criteria of being ultra hydrating yet super gentle on my skin.

The combination of products I have settled on have been working a treat. Dry patches have been revitalised, sore, sub-surface irritation has greatly reduced and I have noticed that the overall appearance and radiance of my skin has improved tenfold. Here's a breakdown of what's in my skincare arsenal!

December 15, 2013

WINNERS! 3 x Maybelline Christmas Gift Sets

Thank you to everyone who entered our Christmas Giveaway with Maybelline New York! The winners are listed below and have each been emailed. We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year and here's to lots more giveaways in 2014!
Sue Carroll
Lorna Peppiatt
Amy Jones

December 13, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide - Under €50

So you want to push the boat out and splash a little cash for someone special this Christmas? Well, I just trawled the interwebs and my own personal wishlist to see what I could bring you that was around the €50 mark or a bit less. 

December 11, 2013

L'Oréal #TXT

When it comes to hair and haircare, I am such a noob. I really have no concept of what's good or bad and often shy away from finding new products because of this. However, one hair "thing" I know I do like are products that give my normally straight, flat hair texture and height. So, when this nifty duo arrived from L'Oréal I was super excited as they tick both of those boxes. 

#TXT is a new line of products for men and women from L'Oréal featuring putties, clays, pastes, waxes and sprays. The purpose of the line is to bring trends to your tresses with easy-to-apply, flexible, mega-hold products. The two products I was sent to try are the Volume Supersizing Spray* (RRP €5.99) and the Wave Creating Spray* (RRP €5.99); perfect for big, beachy, full hair. 

Christmas Gift Guide: Buy Irish

It's easy to get a bit carried away shopping for gifts at this time of year without thinking twice about where the money you're spending is actually going. Where possible, I do like to support Irish brands and businesses as much as I can, especially when our economy is still crap. What follows is a little edit of Irish gifts I'd love to receive!

December 10, 2013

Current Haircare Favourites

I go through phases with my shampoos and quite often just rely on whatever is in the house as long as it's not going to strip colour out of my hair. I prefer shampoos and conditioners for dry or coloured hair, and usually stick to Dove, L'Oréal and Herbal Essences, or Kérastase or Redken if I'm lucky! I'm really happy with what I've been using on my hair recently, and seeing as most of it is pretty affordable, I thought it'd be a good time to do a quick run-down.

December 09, 2013

In the Bag: Aisling

Today, I am handing the blogging reigns over to my sister Aisling! Aisling is almost 20 years old, goes to college and works in a bar so, she needs make-up that is both long wearing and natural looking. I thought it would be interesting to have a snoop in her make-up bag and decided to share it with you for a bit of a change!

December 06, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide - Under €30

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. 

December 04, 2013

Essie Luxeffects Collection

What says Christmas more than glitter, glitter, glitter?! Essie obviously got the memo because their Luxeffects Collection* (RRP €9.99) is chock full of just that! Luxeffects are multi-dimensional topcoats that feature multiple shapes and sizes of glitter flakes to add interest and serious sparkle to any nail polish.

December 03, 2013

Real Techniques Sam's Picks Brush Set

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!

December 02, 2013

Wishlist: December

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!

November 30, 2013

Did you Win One of our Birthday Giveaways?!

Every single one of our big birthday giveaways has closed and we're so excited for the winners to get their prizes! Each winner is listed below the giveaway picture and has been emailed. As per our disclaimer, if a giveaway prize is not claimed within two weeks of initial notification, we will draw another winner.

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!

Amie Hewson 

Louise Casey

Elaine Conden

 1. Tamara Seerkissoon
2. Patrick Ellard

Joanne Jordan

Claire Kane

Nikki Gallagher

GUESS: Debbie Cleary-Sewell
Katy Perry: Cint Dunne
Calvin Klein: Anna NicAmhlaigh

Bridget Douglas

Roisin Nail

1. Ellen Sheehan
2. Saranne Murray

Blathin De Paor

Amy Ní Bhriain

Evelyn Egan

Jacinta Geraghty

Natural Olive: Karen Ní Aodha 
Cocoa Butter: Lorraine Brady

November 29, 2013

Christmas Gift Guide - Under €10

In a few short days we'll have reached December and be diving head first into the madness of the Christmas season. I am a total Christmas nerd and have already got the majority of my shopping done and I wanted to share some gift ideas with you that I've discovered during my own shopping expeditions this year.

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!

November 27, 2013

Take 3 ¦ Pore Perfecting Serums

I'm quite lucky in that I don't really suffer from enlarged or open pores. However, when my skin goes through patches of dryness and/or dehydration, I notice that the pores, especially those around my nose area, become more visible.

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.

November 26, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Review

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.

November 25, 2013

Brand Focus: Laura Mercier

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!

November 22, 2013

WIN! Catrice Make-Up

Following on from our Essence giveaway yesterday, another of the best brands around, Catrice, have come up trumps with a gorgeous beauty bag for one winner! We particularly rate Catrice's eyeshadows, nail polishes and eyebrow products and love the fact that the brand is always on-trend with its collections.

My Face #9

While ordinarily these My Face posts are about the make-up I have been wearing regularly throughout the month, I thought I would do something a bit different for the 9th instalment and show you a typical "evening" look for me.

Earlier this month, Kev and I celebrated 9 years together and went out for a fun evening of dinner and drinks. Generally my "going out" make-up consists of a smokey eye and a bold lip. I know some people say don't do both but, I think if the colours complement eachother and neither is fighting with the other, it can look really striking and makes a nice change from my more neutral everyday make-up.

November 21, 2013

WIN! Essence Goody Bag

Essence is one of our favourite budget brands as it offers great quality products at rock bottom prices. We have featured them a lot, both on the blog and in OohLALA magazine, and they have kindly given us a goody bag for one of you lucky lot!

The bag will contain a selection of bestselling Essence products, perfect for getting yourself dolled up for a Christmas night out!

November 20, 2013

WIN! Kinvara Cleansing Oil and Rosehip Serum

Kinvara is one of Ireland's premier skincare brands and today we have two of their bestselling products to giveaway. Dee has previously reviewed them both here and the Absolute Cleansing Oil and Rosehip Serum are the perfect products for the colder season ahead so, get entering!

Splurge/Save: Multitasking Eye Creams

I feel like eye creams are an often overlooked area of our skincare routines. It seems, based on what I have seen on blogs and YouTube videos, that people only start worrying about eye care when they already have wrinkles, puffiness, darkness etc which is probably a bit redundant as no topical cream will ever reverse the signs of ageing skin. I'm guilty of this kind of neglect myself, even though I firmly believe in preventative aging. I usually make a conscious decision to use one, do really well for a couple of weeks and then somehow, mysteriously, forget.

However, over the past few months I have been using two consistently and have noticed such a huge difference in the condition of my eye area. Interestingly, the two are at opposite ends of the price scale but, perform equally as well so, I thought they would make a perfect Splurge/Save topic in case any of you are looking to take better care of your peepers!

November 19, 2013

WIN! 2 x Sally Hansen Christmas Beauty Booty

Christmas is right around the corner and the lovely people at Sally Hansen want to hook two of you up with a line-up of their bestsellers to get you ready for the party season! The winners will each receive;

Airbrush Legs Liquid Makeup 
Gem Crush Nail Colour
Complete Care Extra Moisturizing 4-in-1 Nail Treatment
Insta Dri Anti Chip Top Coat 
Complete Salon Manicure Nail Colour in Berry Important and Midnight in NY 

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