I'm on a bit of a skincare high at the moment, and it's not all induced by shiny new releases. Although I do have a few new skincare favourites (such as the excellent spot treatment I blogged about yesterday), I've also worked a few long-running favourites into my current routine. Let the throwback commence!
August 27, 2014
August 26, 2014
One aspect of make-up that I never expected to be writing about with fervent passion on this blog was a nude lip. It's never really been my thing; of course I tried circa 2010 with GOSH Darling but it never suited me; tinted lip balms in hues of red and pink have, for the most part, been my version of a nude. My lips are quite pigmented and it just suited me to play up my natural lip colour by accentuating the red tones.
August 25, 2014
August 20, 2014
Spot cream isn't the most exciting of topics, its it? This one has me a bit hot under the collar though - there's nothing better than when you find something that just works. I'd never had much luck in the past with targeted spot treatments - I found La Roche Posay's Effaclar A.I. to be just okay but it did nothing to shift the bigger, ahem, residents on my face.
August 19, 2014
It's been ages since I checked in with a few favourites. I have to say, despite my recent disappointment with Fuschia cosmetics (thanks for the lovely feedback on that post, by the way), I've actually been inundated with awesome products lately. A combination of beauty shopping along with some fantastic new releases has led to me having a pretty brilliant edit of products on the go. I've a few skincare products to talk about, too, but for the sake of brevity I'll keep that for another upcoming post!
August 18, 2014
August 15, 2014
Fuschia has been a steady success in Dublin and beyond; the brand boasts two standalone stores in Swords and Drogheda, and a lot of beauty salons also carry their products.
People often ask me am I inundated with products as a blogger, and the answer is yes, but the volume of products I test has only made me that little bit fussier. I feel like I've a good idea of what good quality is across all price points and what's not - that kind of microscopic judgement was definitely at play when I was trying these products out. I buy and try so much that of course my standards are high because I'm constantly on the hunt for the best products out there - that's what this blog is all about!
August 13, 2014
Mascara is one of my desert island products and I frequently have more than one on-the-go at any one time. When I noticed I had four open and being used in rotation, I decided it was high-time for a mascara update so, here are some speed reviews of mascaras I have been loving lately! I've just realised that all of these mascaras are samples which, I usually try to avoid but, the truth is, mascaras are one of those things that brands churn out frequently so, I rarely buy my own as I am always testing new ones. As always though, my opinions are genuine!
August 11, 2014
August 07, 2014
You may remember, around this same time last year, I blogged about the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa; a cooling gel-like night treatment. I loved that stuff and went through it quickly (too quickly - it turned out one of my sisters had also taken a liking to it!). Now, one year on, Vichy have expanded the hyper-hydrating Aqualia Thermal range to include two moisturisers; Aqualia Thermal Light* and Aqualia Thermal Rich, as well as Aqualia Thermal Serum.
August 06, 2014
KIKO is a brand that Sinéad's had a lot of success with over the last couple of years; she's also brought me back some serious gems (the brand currently only has stores in mainland Europe and London) so we're both pretty smitten with a lot of products that they do. The prices are fantastic so, if you're away this summer it's definitely a store to keep an eye out for.
August 05, 2014
August 03, 2014
So on that note, we're all guilty of neglecting ourselves a bit, right? Everyone could probably do with being a little bit kinder to themselves, and that's where these rituals and tips come in - they're kind of a checklist of what I consider to be the most important things in my make-up and skincare routine. If I've got 50% of them down 50% of the time, I'm doing well but, sssh!