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!

Hover to Pin

Designed with ♥ by Nudge Media Design