October 31, 2013

Beauty Shopping in Belfast

I love beauty shopping in the UK - it's usually better value than here in the Republic, and there's also a selection of brands that are harder to pick up here. With my last few visits, Space NK has become my first port of call whenever and wherever I am in Britain; it's just such a lovely shop! So, with that in mind, I'd been saving a few quid to shop during a trip to Belfast last weekend. I could've bought the whole place, but had to restrain myself of course. I stuck to products that had been on my wishlist for a long time - although I now have a serious hankering for some Becca powder blushes and highlighters after lovingly swatching them - probably for longer than is socially acceptable!

October 30, 2013

Max Factor Wild Shadow Pencils

Last week I introduced you to the new Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots and today we're going to look at the Wild Shadow Pencils* (RRP €7.49) from the same collection. Available in eight shades, these pencils can be used as both eyeliners and eyeshadows (and I also find them great as a base!). 

October 28, 2013

My Face #8

I've been going for a very neutral, autumnal look lately which is generally just some variation of the below. It's not the most exciting but, to be honest, it is quick and easy to achieve and quite effective so, I'm happy! I love wearing very warm tones around this time of year as it brightens up a pale and peaky complexion; think autumn leaves and wood fires. 

I'm not usually one to toot my own horn but, can we just take a second to look at my skin...yep. It doesn't look remotely this glowy and clear naturally but, rather, it is the work of the incredible Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which I picked up from SpaceNK a few weeks ago. I have used this everyday and just adore the glow it gives my skin and how it blurs imperfections, pores and redness.

October 25, 2013

Take 3 ¦ Face Mists

Face mists had a bit of a moment a few months ago and I, along with everyone else, stocked up on a few different ones in the hopes that they would transform my skin and my make-up. As with most things, the hype died down my little mist collection fell by the wayside. However, I recently rediscovered the virtues of a quick spritz before running out the door so, I wanted to give you a quick rundown of my top three, as well as the different types of mists and what I use them for.

October 24, 2013

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation Review

Liquid halo? Sounds like a dodgy cocktail, but nope, it's a new foundation from Smashbox. I'd kind of missed the hysteria that surrounded the likes of Make Up For Ever's HD foundation a couple of years ago, and, still, curious, was eager to give this a shot.

October 23, 2013

Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots

From Max Factor this autumn comes the new Wild Collection. Featuring a new mascara, Wild Mega Volume, for intensely plump lashes, eight Wild Shadow Pencils (more on these next week!) and thirteen shades of the new Wild Shadow Pots* which is what we'll be discussing today!

October 22, 2013

A Beauty Wishlist

In beauty terms, I'm always eyeing something up. I keep a list on my phone and while most of the stuff doesn't end up in my possession, it's always fun to make lists, especially where cosmetics are involved! Here's what I'm coveting right now...

October 21, 2013

If I Lost It All...

While it's only make-up and purely materialistic, the thought of losing my beloved make-up collection is almost too scary to contemplate. I have spent years curating it, honing it and whittling it down to products I genuinely love and value. However, I got to thinking the other day "What if it got stolen/lost/irreparably damaged? What would I replace first?" and, after spending far too long contemplating that terror-inducing question, I realised I could actually reel off a list of products, brushes included, that I would have to replace as soon as possible.

October 18, 2013

Splurge/Save: Volumising Hair Products

As someone cursed with straight hair that has a tendency to lie a bit flat and lifeless, I'm always keen to try products that promise to add a bit of lift and life into my tresses. After doing a mega clean out a few weeks ago, I held on to only two products which give the desirable result and, since they are at each end of the price spectrum; one budget and one luxe, I decided to share them with you as part of a Splurge/Save post! 

October 17, 2013

Kérastase Powder Bluff

I've stated a couple of times now that I am not an avid user of dry shampoo. Of course, I always have some on standby for emergencies, but my scalp is quite sensitive so, regular use of dry shampoo or volumising powders only serves to aggravate it. The fact that my hair is extremely dark and shows up a white cast all too easily also makes me refrain from using the stuff - unless it's totally necessary!

October 16, 2013

Brand Focus: Maybelline

We try our hardest to give every brand an equal look-in on the blog. Sure, we love our luxe products but, equally we love a great quality bargain. This all-or-nothing approach to blogging can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, both as writer and reader, so I wanted to start paring things back once a month or so and focus in on one brand, highlighting the products that I really rate and that may often get forgotten about in the daily melee of new releases, current favourites and rediscoveries. The first brand I wanted to give a little love to is a drugstore brand that has really gone up in my estimations over the last few months; Maybelline.

October 15, 2013

Essie Fall 2013 Collection

We've made no secret of our love for Essie here on the blog - it is, hands down, both myself and Sinéad's all-time favourite nail polish brand. I love the formulas, the bottles, the shades and the edits of colour that they put out on a seasonal basis; this one is a perfect case in point.

This collection is all about textures and textiles: Essie Weingarten (whom I would LOVE to meet and shake by the hand some day) describes it as a collection of shades that "take their cues from rich flannels, sumptuous knits, hints of lace and ultra-fine silk twill". So, texture is the theme, and it's done well here with an array of cremes, metallics and a subtle bit of sparkle thrown in for good measure as well.

October 14, 2013

Current Favourites

It's been a good while since I updated you all on what products I'm loving. The main reason is that, for the longest time, I was wearing largely the same make-up e.g this. So, with that in mind, I didn't want to bore you by telling you yet again how much I love the Diorskin Nude BB Creme or Tarte Exposed. Instead, I've waited until my routine has been changed up enough to warrant an updated favourites post. 

October 13, 2013

Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Renewing Rose Cleanser

Cleansing my face has genuinely become one of my favourite parts of the day, and it's always a pleasure to come across a new cleanser that works well and feels good on the skin. I've been trialling a couple of cleansers since using up the Clinique Cleansing Balm (which I loved), and this one from from Aromatherapy Associates (€30 on FeelUnique) has become a firm favourite.

October 11, 2013

Top 5¦ Greige Nail Polishes

If you had told me five or six years ago that my go-to nail polish colour would be a dirty, mucky shade of grey-brown, I would have laughed at you. However, greige; that murky halfway house between beige and grey, has been the nail colour of the autumn/winter season for the past few years and I have, of course, succumbed to the trend! 

My collection of "greiges" far outnumbers those shown here but, I wanted to pick five of my favourites that fall all across the shade spectrum to share with you. There is no logical reason why I, or anyone else, should like these types of colours but, that they are here to stay for yet another year is testament to the fact that they look so chic and so flattering on everyone.

October 10, 2013

Autumn Cheeks

Autumn and blusher: here we have two of my very favourite things. I am relishing wearing a coat and scarf again, as well as deeper shades of make-up. All spring and summer long, I was all about the peachy-coral blush, but now it's time to break out the dusky, berry colours for cheeks...yay!

October 09, 2013

Redken Diamond Oil

It's rare that I get excited about a haircare product but, as soon as I read the product spiel that landed in my inbox, I was intrigued. Redken Diamond Oil* (RRP €33.95) is a treatment for dull and damaged hair that works to strengthen it and leave it looking mega shiny. The oil is free from silicones which, in this instant gratification market where quality is often compromised, is a rarity.

October 08, 2013

Focus On: Primers

I bloody love a good primer, and use one most days just because I love the feeling of putting one on (yes, I'm a make-up creep). There are so many out there now, and some of my favourites are ones I feel don't actually get enough love in the blogosphere. I have a meh one here, too, as well as a great multi-tasker!

October 07, 2013

Autumn Skincare Routine

Autumn is well and truly here and that means it was time for me to change up my skincare routine. After briefly assessing the texture and look of my skin, I decided that hydration and moisturisation on an ongoing basis was going to be paramount this season. With any luck, locking all the moisture into my skin over the next few weeks will ensure that, when we are in the throes of winter, my skin won't revolt and become an dry and painful mess as it has done in the past.

October 06, 2013

Quick Review: Karora Express Bronzing Mousse

In an effort to get through all of the products that I try out week to week (whether sent to me or purchased myself), I'm going to try to review more of them in singular, simple posts like this one - let me know if you think it's a good idea! First up in the series, we have Karora Express Bronzing Mousse* (€29.99).

Essentially, this is a quick-developing tan and the premise is the same as Cocoa Brown's One Hour Tan - leave it on for an hour or two and then hop in the shower. Nothing new, except it is almost four times the price of the original. I don't want to come down too hard on what is another Irish brand, but I did find it hard to swallow a press release claiming that this is ''a true luxe investment'' when there is such a similar, cheaper and hugely popular product out there already. 

In the interest of fairness, I did give this a good trial. It's grand, but just not worth the splurge, in my opinion. It smelled a tad more than Cocoa Brown, too, and the mousse wasn't as creamy or easy to blend. The colour looked fine on me and was not overly orange, but again, I prefer the shade of CB. It wore off fairly evenly and lasted about the same amount of time as both Cocoa Brown and Tan Organic do on my skin.

Overall? Good, but not good enough for the price. I didn't reap any benefit from the "skin caring" botanical ingredients this claims to have, but to be fair, I would not be expecting that from any tan, no matter what the claim! It has lovely packaging, but again this is not a dealbreaker for me - my tans live in my bathroom cupboard, after all! I suppose this is a bit of a meh review, and my apologies for harping on about Cocoa Brown as it has had its fair share of coverage here and elsewhere, but it really is better and cheaper than this particular product.

October 04, 2013

Dry Skin Saviour: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP

My skin loves the sun. It's not that I get a tan or anything like that but, as someone who suffers with sporadic bouts of eczema, a bit of TLC from the sun's rays is the best tonic for my irritable skin. This year, I have never seen my skin look as good as if did while on holiday but, as soon as I touched down in Ireland, my skin became red, dry and scaly. 

I was at my wits end with it because nothing was working for me. Then, one day, I was digging through my product drawers and unearthed a huge bottle of La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP. I cracked that baby open and, within hours, my skin was noticeably improved. 

October 03, 2013

The Eyebrow Guide

I've been meaning for the longest time to do a proper post on brows; I've had my fair share of eyebrow drama and have learned the hard way that they really are the most important thing to get right! These days, as I mentioned the other week, I keep mine in check with regular-ish appointments at The Brow Artist. In between visits, I try not to pluck at all - just the odd stray hair. Even if you don't want to go down the professional route, if your brows are overplucked and/or mis-shapen, I think the best thing to do is just completely leave them alone for a few weeks and see what happens!

October 02, 2013

Wishlist: October

I feel like I always marvel on how quick this year is passing us by in these Wishlist posts but, genuinely, this has been the quickest year I can ever recall! As with all new months, I have been keeping my ear to the ground and my eyes to the internet and have a hugely extravagant wishlist - as usual!

October 01, 2013

Herbal Essences Bee Strong Giveaway!

We have something that might brighten up your Tuesday morning! The lovely folks at Herbal Essences have, very generously, given us the Bee Strong collection for one lucky winner. The range uses honey for its natural strengthening properties while apricot extract helps to leave hair feeling and looking silky soft and full of life. We've been trying out the range over the last few weeks and have been massively impressed, especially by the Bee Strong shampoo. For a budget range, it is genuinely softening and leaves hair smooth and sleek - not shabby for under a fiver!

The giveaway will last for one week and you must enter using the widget below. Please make sure to include your name and email address in a comment to this post so we can get your postal details if you are the lucky winner. Leaving a comment guarantees each person one entry but, there are four more optional entries if people want to increase their chances of winning!

Bourjois Java Rice Powder

We have both been full of praise for Bourjois' newest releases over the last few months - so much so that I have been conscious of spreading the reviews out somewhat, but I just couldn't sit on this one for any longer. Powder is one of my ultimate make-up products, and I have been loving the new generation of weightless, blurring formulas. Funnily enough, this is a very old-fashioned looking product as it has been released to celebrate 150 years of the brand, but it is a new formula - a re-interpretation of a powder that they used to make years ago.

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