December 31, 2014
Happy New Year's Eve! 2014 has been very good to us, both personally and on the blog, and we really hope it's been the same for you guys. If not, a new year starts tomorrow, so let's look forward to that! We thought we'd round out the year with a Best Of post - our top posts as per our stats for the past twelve months.
December 30, 2014
As Dee mentioned yesterday, 2014 has been the year of getting to grips with a nude lip and it's probably all thanks to one Miss Jenner. I never thought I would be heralding anything a member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan did but, I'm more than happy to give credit where it's due in this case as I have thoroughly been enjoying playing with liner/lipstick combos over the last few months and I thought I would share my three favourites.
December 29, 2014
2014 has been the year in which I finally, finally got to grips with the nude lip. I'd shunned it for ages in favour of brights because my lips are quite pigmented naturally. However, the Kylie Jenner lip craze was a bandwagon that I was very happy to hop on, and as a result I was introduced to the nude lipliner. I've since amassed quite the collection of nude pencils and lipsticks, and have found quite a few that I absolutely love and feel very comfortable wearing - they're mostly quite deep, mauve-y shades, and I'll hopefully have a post up on them quite soon.
December 22, 2014
Every year, our Best in Beauty round-up is a huge hit. You guys love to see what our stand-out products of the past 12 months have been and we love to revisit old favourites. This year, we are spreading the Best in Beauty posts out over five days so that we can really delve deep into why we loved a certain product and also so that you aren't stuck reading a 10,000 word essay ranging from cleansers to lipsticks and covering everything in between. As always, all of the posts are shoppable - you can click the plus signs on each product above to take you straight to the source!
December 21, 2014
We're taking a Christmas vacay from the blog next week but, that doesn't mean there won't be a new post everyday! Every morning of Christmas week, you'll find our Best in Beauty 2014 awards; skincare, nails, bodycare, make-up, we're sharing the best of the best of our year in beauty! Now, onto the Link-Up; our week in review, the best online deals and a rather drool-worthy beauty lust list!
When I left you yesterday, we had just finished up our tour at Jardin de Mont des Arts. Still feeling full from our chocolate-filled morning, we decided to forgo lunch and do some more walking to check out the Christmas market at Place Sainte-Catherine.
December 20, 2014
Our second day in Brussels dawned
bright and sunny grey and rainy. We were due to go on a three-hour walking tour of the city but, with the rain strumming a slow and steady tune against our window, it was only the promise of the best breakfast in Brussels that eventually managed to peel us from our bed.
December 17, 2014
I wasn't going to write about this Essie* collection because a) I don't have my own swatches to show you [awesome ones here] and b) I didn't think it was very season appropriate and so assumed interest levels would be low. However, it is an undeniably beautiful array of shades and, after posting them on Facebook and Instagram to many (albeit confused) oohs and ahhs, I decided they were worth a brief word.
December 16, 2014
This time of year really calls for bringing out the big guns in the skincare department. If you want some serious nourishment for skin after being out in the biting cold, here is no better way to treat yourself than with a really good-quality oil.
December 15, 2014
December 14, 2014
Missed out on anything on the blog this week? Worry not, we have the link-up so, you don't even have to go searching! We're also introducing The Sunday Lust List to these posts; a round-up of five things we've been lusting after (however impractical and impossible!) this week as well as sharing the deals of the week for online shopping; discount codes, gifts with purchase, free shipping - we've got the lot!
Monday: Sinead opened up on the products that she doesn't hate but, doesn't quite love either. In other words, meh products! She had some controversial picks too!
Tuesday: Dee's got Christmas cosiness covered with a duo of candles that, thankfully, won't break the bank!
Wednesday: We are brow crazy here at Viva Adonis and never miss an appointment to get them seen to but, of course, we have our own favourite brow pruning products too. Dee's current favourite duo are a mix of luxe and budget.
Thursday: Don't forget to enter our Christmas giveaway in collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics. One lucky person will win the Sugarglam Fairies Christmas kit containing over €100 of Benefit bestsellers! Ends tomorrow!
Friday: Sinead brought a bit of festive cheer to the blog with The Christmas Tag. Click through for some bonus throwback pics!
December 12, 2014
Tagged by Lauren @ MakeupbyLaurenMarie
1. What is your favourite Christmas movie/s?
Of all time? Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version) without a doubt.
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning. I know so many people open a few the night before but, for me, the magic is best saved for the 25th.
December 10, 2014
I feel like an eyebrow update is in order. I'm still having mine seen to by the lovely Noella in The Brow Artist - they are amazing and I'm really looking forward to my Christmas appointment tomorrow evening. I'm also still a huge fan of Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow. It's incredible - if I could pick one brow product for the rest of my life, this would be it. It's also a bit of a faff for early mornings. Sometimes I just prefer the ease of use of a pencil and/or gel, so that's where this duo come in.
December 09, 2014
I love Christmas. I love candles. Yes, I am a basic bitch.
Festivities definitely bring out the bandwaggoner in me and, for that reason, I am all over Christmas candles like a rash. I have a couple of 'nice' candles that I, ahem, 'invested' in for this winter (read: impulse purchased), and for that reason, I didn't want to make yet another splurge on any kind of festive candle.
December 08, 2014
I feel like meh is a great word to sum-up these products. They aren't bad. I don't hate using them. In fact, I even recommend some of these depending on needs/preferences. But, while I don't hate them, I don't love them either and every time I revisit them (and revisit them I do - I'm all for giving beauty a chance), I'm just left feeling so...whelmed by them all. In other words - meh.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet - I loved the finish of this when I first got it; that elusive mix of matte-meets-glow. But, then I rediscovered YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat in my collection and was obsessed with that for it's serious skin illuminating effects and then I bought MUFE HD Foundation which is like the Chanel only way more perfecting and long lasting. However, if you are an oilier gal who still likes to look radiant, I feel like the Chanel is what you need.
Sam Farmer Deodorant* - Dee raves about this stuff and in my continuous quest to live a healthier life, I was all for embracing something that would see me move away from chemical-laden aerosols. But, alas, I hate rollerball deos as much as I did the first time my mother handed one to me and, while Sam does a good job at Sweat Patrol, it's not good enough for me to deal with sticky, wet pits in the morning.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet* - Caveat Alert: I love the matte finish ones of these (Nude-ist is my go-to lip at the moment). However, I think the original line-up was overhyped and under performing. Everyone talks up Pink Pong and it is nice but, nothing special in terms of colour. Equally, the formula is good but, nothing mindblowing. Meh meh meh meh meh.
NARS Satin Lip Pencil - The Velvet Matte version of these are my all-time favourite lip formula and when I had the chance to pick hot pink Yu up in an Asos sale, I did so. I do like the blue-based fuchsia tone and how easy it is to wear but, I never reach for it and that's because the Velvet Mattes are a million times better.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream* - I so wanted to love these but, again, it's just a case of not reaching for it that means it sits firmly in the meh pile. Yes, the colour range is phenomenal. Yes, the staying power is out-of-this-world but, they are also harder to work with because of this and I have so many other products that do similar for a whole lot less effort.
Maybelline Colour Elixir* - These are easily my favourite gloss formula but, then, I find gloss so underwhelming as it is that it's probably a bit unfair to even include these here. To their credit, they have a great shade line-up and are one of the few true 'non-sticky' glosses around but, after the way people went batshit crazy for these online, I fully expected them to convert me to a gloss lover and they just...didn't.
December 05, 2014
We're going to talk about bloating. Of the trapped gas variety. Not the hormonal variety (I can't help you there). And we're going to talk about because we all know that feeling of needing to unbutton one, if not two, buttons on your pants after eating just that bit too much. And, with Christmas dinner just a shade under three weeks away, I thought it might be a good time to share how you can easily beat the bloat after eating the equivalent of a small child in turkey, ham, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, pudding, ice-cream, mince pies, cream, cheese and crackers in the space of about two hours! The cure? Fennel seeds.
December 04, 2014
My skin adores clay. I've found that it reacts very well to a good clay mask, as well as cleansers and other treatments that include similar ingredients. I've professed love for several clay masks over the last while (see this post), and now another has managed to join the ranks.
Icicle Lights - Argos
We take Christmas decor very seriously in my house. Everything is a gorgeous mix of sumptuous burgundys, brushed golds, aged pewters and rich greens and we have built-up an impressive collection of decorations over the last ten or so years. Since I am spending so much time working in my bedroom at the moment, I decided to extend the holiday spirit into my own space. I wanted it to feel warm and cosy without taking away from the white-on-white-on-white theme I have going on in here. I thought I would show you the few additions I made to make my room a bit more festive!
December 02, 2014
Estée Lauder is an absolute heavyweight when it comes to premium skincare and makeup - during the four years that I've been blogging, they just seem to have improved and modernised. The products have always been brilliant, but the brand's association with an older generation seems to have strengthened during the 2000s and was badly in need of a fresh overhaul. Cue their recent recruitment of Kendall Jenner - talk about a sure-fire way of reviving a brand!
December 01, 2014
If only this baby had shown up three weeks ago when I was sharing my favourite red nail polishes for autumn/winter because it for sure would have made the cut! New-in from Sally Hansen are the Patent Gloss Nail Polishes* (€8.95), a four-strong edit of slick-finish shades and this one, Moto, is my current go-to.