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 

The Clarisonic Mia 2: Review & Thoughts (Oily/Acne-Prone Skin)

The Clarisonic has become a cult beauty item over the last few years, especially online. It's become such a must-have for so many people I follow that I'd always been curious about it and if it'd do anything for my skin, but, if I'm honest. the price and mixed reviews from people with my skin type made me put it on the back burner. I was sent the Clarisonic Mia 2 back in September and have been trialling it carefully since.

What follows are my honest thoughts on it in relation to my skin type - which is dehydrated, oily and prone to hormonal acne (fun!). This is an expensive gadget - I was lucky to receive it as a sample and wanted to give as detailed a review as possible for you guys! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

November 18, 2013

WIN! A Christmas Hamper from The Body Shop

Christmas at The Body Shop is always special and, this year, the lovely folks at TBS Ireland are hoping to spread joy to one lucky winner with a handpicked Christmas Hamper. We don't even know what will be in the hamper but, it's sure to be amazing!

Maybelline Super Stay 24H Waterproof Powder

Anybody in the market for a new powder? I didn't think I was but, me oh my, this stuff is all kinds of beautiful. New from Maybelline is the Super Stay 24H Waterproof Powder* (RRP €8.99), an anti-shine, water repelling formula that promises to stay light and comfortable on the skin all day long. 

November 17, 2013

WIN! Philosophy Inner Grace Duo

To brighten up your Sunday, we have a gorgeous prize from Philosophy that is perfect for pampering yourself from head to toe. Worth over €60, one lucky winner will receive a bottle of Inner Grace Shower Gel and Inner Grace Body Firming Emulsifier. Enter below to win!

November 16, 2013

WIN! Perfumes from Katy Perry, Guess and CK

There is nothing like a new perfume to make you feel special and our friends at Coty have given us three of their bestsellers to giveaway to three lucky ladies! Three winners will be drawn to win either GUESS Girl Belle, Katy Perry Killer Queen (plus body lotion) or CK Euphoria - just in time for the party season!

As always, enter using the widget below and please make sure to leave some kind of means of contacting you!

November 15, 2013

WIN! A Clarins Beauty Flash Balm Gift Set

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a cult favourite beauty product and to celebrate our 3rd birthday, the brand are giving one lucky lady a gorgeous Beauty Flash Balm Gift Set! Get your name in the hat and cross those fingers, this is a good 'un!

Neal's Yard Frankincense Intense

It's been awhile since I've talked skincare so, I wanted to jump back in with a review of a great product that will particularly appeal to the more mature woman but, is also great for those of you who, like me, are interested in preventative aging. Neal's Yard Frankincense Intense* (€71.90) is a luxurious, ultra hydrating moisturiser that, using the power of plant stem cell technology, promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and increase the skin's firmness.

November 14, 2013

WIN! A NUXE Hamper worth €80!

Nuxe has to be one of our favourite skincare brands. From their famed Huile Prodigeuse and Reve de Miel Lip Balm to their gorgeous Rose Petals skincare range, this is a brand that pretty much has it all. Happily, we have a hamper from Nuxe worth €80 to give to one of you! Enter via the widget below - this one closes on the 30th. Good luck!!

November 13, 2013

WIN! 2x Tan Bags from Tan Organic

Today's giveaway is another gorgeous gift set - and this time, two of you will win one! Tan Organic is one of our favourite luxurious tanning brands - and one that we always recommend for pale Irish skin. They've just launched their Tan Bag set which contains:

  • 100ml TanOrganic Original
  •  Tan Erase Exfoliator
  • Luxury Tanning Glove
  •  Oil Arganic

  • It's a lovely little kit - enter via the widget below. This will close on the 30th of this month - good luck everyone!

    L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint

    There's a new kid on the foundation block who is causing a bit of a stir. L'Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teint* (€12.99) is the formula twin to Giorgio Armani Maestro which, of course, is a lot more expensive. As the tagline goes, Nude Magique Eau De Teint is a fresh feel foundation that delivers weightless base perfection and, to be frank, I agree wholeheartedly. 

    November 12, 2013

    WIN! A Lush Season's Tweetings Gift Set

    Next up in our giveaway series, we have a Season's Tweetings Christmas gift set from Lush for one of you! The box contains:

    • Twilight Shower Gel 
    • Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner 
    • Tiny Hands Solid Hand Cream 
    • Snowcake Soap

    Sounds nice, right?! As always, the widget for entering is after the jump. This one will be closed on the 30th - good luck everyone!

    PhytoDéfrisant Review

    I don't blog about my hair or hair products often enough on the blog - probably because every time I do, I just sort of repeat myself. In case you don't know already (groan) my hair is extremely thick, coarse and prone to dryness if I don't look after it. It's usually quite long but I recently had a few inches off and it's the healthiest it's been in a long, long time. That said, the same problem remains (it's one that I've already had with my hair) - it's impossible to blow dry straight and just leave it as it. Unless I put it up in a bun, I have to go at it with the straightener or curler in order to make it look presentable. And I'm not just being fussy here - honestly, it just looks too frizzy and poofy otherwise, and will just get worse throughout the day.

    November 11, 2013

    WIN! Our Picks from Vichy and La Roche-Posay

    We're kicking off this years' giveaways with two brands we are really fond of. We're quite sure that most of you guys are partial to a bit of Vichy and La Roche-Posay too, so we've teamed up with both brands to give away two hand-selected bundles of our picks!

    Depending on whether you have oily, dry or combination skin you might like to enter for either one or both of our picks - it's up to you! Widgets for entry and details of the prizes are below. Best of luck!

    Dee's Picks:

    Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Mask
    Vichy Hyaluspot
    Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa
    LRP Effaclar Duo
    LRP Physiological Cleansing Gel
    LRP Hydraphase Serum

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Sinéad's Picks:

    LRP Physiological Cleansing Gel
    LRP Cicaplast Baume Lips
    LRP Cicaplast Baume B5
    Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa
    Vichy Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
    Vichy Idéalia BB Creme (Light)

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes

    IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE! There aren't enough positive phrases and adjectives in the English language to express my excitement that I finally have this year's Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes in my grasp. You see, there is a bit of a saga behind this baby and, the abbreviated version goes a little something like this; Dee, Sarah and I are self-admitted fangirls of one YouTuber who goes by the name of Rachel, or MakeUpNeverSleeps. For as long as we can remember, Rachel has professed her love for a Laura Mercier shadow in the shade Fresco. Then, in late September of this year, she was all like "thereisanewlauramercierartistpaletteoutandithasfrescoinitandyouneedit" and we were like, "Yes, yes we do need that," nodding vigorously at our respective computer screens.

    Viva Adonis is 3!

    It's that time again, and we really can't believe it's been three years since we put our heads together and started a blog. Clichéd, we know, but the past year has flown by and had definitely been the best yet for us, both personally and professionally. The blog has continued to grow and we've been afforded some amazing opportunities as a result. Breaking into print with OohLALA Magazine was huge for us and we've really enjoyed sharing our beauty musings on that platform. The feedback from you all had been great so for that and for continuing to support the blog, we have to say a massive thank you!

    Of course, as usual, we're going to kick off our birthday week with the beginning of a series of really great giveaways of some of our favourite skincare, makeup and body products. Keep your eyes peeled and get entering - best of luck.

    Again, whether you visit here daily or once in a blue moon, we're really, really grateful!

    November 08, 2013

    L'Oreal Paris False Lash Flutter Midnight Mascaras

    Be still my mascara-loving heart! Sneaking in as the year is on it's last legs, I think L'Oreal may have just claimed the title for Best Mascara 2013 with the new False Lash Flutter Midnight Mascara* (RRP €13.99)! There is something so hugely special about this lifting, separating mascara that I can't quite imagine my make-up regime without it.

    November 07, 2013

    Cheap Makeup Storage Ideas

    I've racked up a mental amount of makeup at this stage. I've just done a clearout and given away a lot of what I don't use, but I will always collect makeup, and like to have it stored in a somewhat organised manner. Now, most of my stuff sits on top of my desk, with the rest in a drawer. These smaller items were all incredibly cheap and brilliant for housing "most-used" items, so I thought I should share in case any of you are after something similar.

    November 06, 2013


    It's no big secret that I really love cream eyeshadows and have a rather extensive collection. So, when Bourjois, one of my favourite budget brands, sent me two of their new Colour Edition 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadows* (RRP €8.99) I was intrigued, excited and a bit apprehensive. Could they be better than my beloved Maybelline Colour Tattoos? What about the industry favourite MAC Paint Pots? With a certain amount of trepidation (You'd swear it was a matter of life and death!), I set out to see if they were up to scratch.

    November 05, 2013

    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review

    If you haven't already heard about it, meet Photoshop in a palette. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders were a massive success when they launched earlier this year (click here to read my review of Dim Light) and to keep the hype up, they've released a special edition Ambient Lighting palette for the holiday season - and of course, both Sinead and I succumbed and self-gifted.

    November 04, 2013

    No7 Beautiful Skin Pore Vacuum Mask

    If you're reading the title of this post and thinking that a "pore vacuum" sounds rather satisfying then, yes, let me confirm to you that it is every bit as satisfying as it sounds! The No7 Beautiful Skin Pore Vacuum Mask* (RRP €18.25) is a bloody brilliant peel-off face mask that promises to deep-clean the skin and remove excess oils from pores. Just to note, I've actually used up my tube so, stock photos will have to suffice!

    November 02, 2013

    Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour ¦ Merlot

    I love lipstick and have a stupid amount at this stage, so it's rare that a colour stops me in my tracks and becomes a must-have. I'd been keen on this colour ever since I first laid eyes on the visuals for Laura Mercier's Dark Spell collection a few months ago, and finally ordered it during a House of Fraser sale last month. I am incredibly happy with it - the packaging, colour and consistency are all spot on. I love the squared-off design and dark metallic finish of the tube.. and the lippie inside is pretty lovely, too.

    November 01, 2013

    Wishlist: November

    Okay. I've held it in long enough. It's November so, by my reckoning, it's acceptable to be outwardly excited for CHRISTMAS!! (I've been holding my excitement in since approximately 1st September!). I love winter and the few months leading up to Christmas so, my wishlist for this month is definitely influenced by the holiday season. 

    1. MAC Prolongwear Blush in Baby Don't Go // 2. Rag and Bone Harrow boots // 3. Laura Mercier Artist Eyeshadow Palette // 4. Dresses at The Outnet - Carven, Hervé Leger, Alexander Wang, Issa, Hervé Leger

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