Friday, 24 October 2014

The new faves

Holidays are a great time to try out new products and I could not wait to get off the plane to try out my new duty free beauty bits. I do think duty free is my favorite part about holidays. I think the place is magical, it's like being a kid in a sweet shop right? Chanel beauty and myself have a love thing going on and I decided to try out Vitalumiere as I do love the Aqua but felt I needed a little bit more coverage. This is a really lovely foundation but be warned it's glowy. More so than the Vitalumiere Aqua. So much so that even me, that loves a glow had to put some translucent powder down the t-zone. Shocking. However the powder did also manage to keep it in place with the warmer weather.
Buy this foundation if you are a sucker for lovely packaging, like a nice bit of coverage but also a dewiness and nice evened out skin. Also it smells of lovely yummy Chanel goodness. I could sniff this all damn day.

Yes it is pricey, but this is your lovely face and it deserves a nice foundation.

To balance out the budget the second product is a gorgeous bronzer from Super Dry! Now, I had heard about this from a very classy cousin of mine and so when I eye balled it in the duty free having failed to spot it in Dundrum I added it to the basket. This bronzer is great bargain buy. It's quite a deep bronzer for me but if you go light handed it blends out nice and evenly. No I did not need another bronzer, but I'm like a magpie when it comes to them. Maybe a bronzer post is next?

Chanel Vitalumiere is €43.00 so maybe a duty free purchase? Or you could get lots of Boots points!

Superdry Bronzer €14.99 a nice price available at Superdry stores or online.

Happy shopping

C xx

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Bad blogger

Yeah it's been a while, sorry about that. Life has been slightly hectic lately and I also went on holiday  so the blogging has been on hold but I'm back now and will try to keep things a bit more regular.

I love mixing up my skin care as I find my skin often gets used to certain products and they don't work to their full potential. A range I stumbled upon recently and am loving is Environ. Environ is a South African range that was developed by a plastic surgeon and which prides itself on using active ingredients such as Vitamin A, C and various others. I started using the AVST 1 moisturizer as this is how you start on the range and have to say I'm in love with it. It keeps the skin soft, hydrated and really smooth. The moisturizers all contain Vitamin A and as you move on through the range, the amount of the vitamin is upped. Vitamin A is amazing for the skin as it stimulates collagen and elastin ( anti ageing) and helps to control pigmentation. It's basically an active ingredient that many anti ageing brands use. I've been using it for a couple of months now paired up with Hydraluron and I'm really impressed. I have normal/combination skin that can be tight and dry when the weather changes, and so far my skin has been great. No dehydration or dryness. It's stayed smooth and soft despite the autumn/winter weather, so far so good.

The next product is my beloved Hydraluron. I LOVE this stuff. I think it's one of the best products on the market and is a firm staple I will not let myself run out of. Hydraluron is a serum with a gel like consistency. On the whole it's quite a boring product as it doesn't smell or look nice and the packaging is fairly basic so it won't jazz up the bathroom shelf. However when a product works this well, you don't need fancy dan packaging. Hydraluron is made up of hyaluronic acid which is basically a moisture grabber. It can hold up to a 1,000 times it's weight in water and so it's a great ingredient for keeping the skin smooth, plump and supple. As it attracts moisture I tend to slap on a small amount all over my face before then layering on my moisturizer.

Dry skin be gone! Anybody else a fan of these products?

Environ is available in certain beauty salon & Harvey Nichols

Hydraluron is available in Boots.

C xx

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Bumble & Bumble

Usually I'm not one for hair products as my mane usually does what it's told but lately I wanted to try something new. I picked up these two products recently and at first wasn't that impressed but after ignoring the instructions on the back and doing my own thing, I've gotten into a little hair groove. The first product is the BB Texture cream. It's quite a gritty cream which you are meant to apply to damp hair but this just didn't work for me, so after drying and curling my hair I added a pea sized amount of this to my fingers and rubbed and scrunched it in. It gave me the perfect messy, gritty, matte look to the hair, definitely worth looking at if you don't get on with the beach hair sprays. I'd say it would work well on air dried hair also to give it a bit of a shape.

The styling cream is a different ballgame altogether. Basically it's meant to make your hair do whatever you want be it add volume, slick it back, or curl the way you want. I added a small amount to damp hair and then blow dried  it normally using a large round brush to give it height and volume and it did just that. It's definitely a straight forward easy to use hair product that I'm loving to give my hair a more done feel. I bought the mini travel sizes and I think this is a good idea to try the products first instead if investing in the regular sizes as some of the prices can be a bit steep. 

Bumble and Bumble is available in hair salons and in Boots. Any other products from the Bumble range I need?

C x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Glow on, glow on, glow on.

Yes I know ANOTHER glow product post, what can I say, I'm a sucker for em. I haven't used a primer in a while and decided I needed one to stop my makeup sliding off my face when I'm away. The L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer has been around for a while now but I just kept ignoring it as I thought I didn't need another glowy product, silly me, but then I saw that Claire from Beauty & Le Chic rated it and well that girl is all about the glow.
Lumi Magique is a primer that basically wants to give you that lit from within look as well as keeping your slap firmly in place. It has a really nice creamy consistency and gave a lovely glow to the face. Not as much as I would have liked, but it definitely livened things up. I think it's pretty much a dupe for Mac's Strobe Cream which I'm a huge fan of. It doesn't do the best job ever on the glowy side but it did keep things put for a lot longer and for the price range it's a handy number to have in your everyday face makeup bag. 

Lumi Magique Primer €15.29 Boots

Now onto the offering from Benefit. Benefit are pretty famous for their Moon Beam and Sun Beam highlighters. I have used Moon Beam before and do still but it's the cooler shade of the two so in the summer/autumn months sun beam will really give you that warm, tanned glow. I love it. I mean just look at the bottle. I know packaging isn't the most important thing, but to me, it draws me in. The bottle has a brush and is kind of like a thick nail polish. I use this sparingly. I either mix it in with my foundation, or lightly dab it on to my cheek bones and cupids bow after applying foundation. This stuff is really gorgeous and gives a warm golden glow to the skin without looking like a disco ball. I'm sold.

Benefit Sun Beam €27.50 Boots

C x

Monday, 22 September 2014

Travel chic

I don't usually do fashion related posts but thought I'd mix it up a little. When I'm travelling I like to be casual and comfy and so this jumper and jeans paired with a few accessories pulled the look together.

C x

1. Boots New Look
2.Jeans River Island
3.Jumper Penneys
4.Bag H&M
5. Shades RayBan
7.Watch Michael Kors

Thursday, 18 September 2014

What's in my bag: Airport edition

So I'm finally off on my hols and I cannot be happier to be chasing the sun. I don't hate flying but I don't love it either and carry a minimalist enough bag because A) I dread the security part and couldn't be arsed unpacking everything to see what's setting the scanner off and B) it leaves plenty of room for duty free makeup goodies. And so I have it down to the bare essentials. 

1. The bag. This was a total bargain €20 down from €50 H&M
2.Ray Ban glasses
4.Watch Michael Kors
5.Burberry Body 
6.Nars lipgloss
7.Eight hour crean
8.Blank canvas foundation brush
9.Skyn iceland eye cooling gel
10.Skyn iceland face mist
11. A good holiday book

Now what to buy in duty free hmm?

C x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Brow do you do?

Brows are big in the beauty industry and they ain't going nowhere. I personally love a full brow and think a great shape can really frame the face. Whilst perusing on instagram I saw a new eyebrow pencil from L'Oreal and decided to add it to my lust list. The full name of the pencil is L'Oreal Paris Brow Artiste Eyebrow Pencil, bit of a mouthful yes. Long name aside this pencil is pretty darn brilliant. It comes in three shades, blonde, brunette and dark brun. I opted for the first shade and the colour is spot on. The pencil has two ends, the brow colour, and a clear wax on the other end, which you swipe over after you have filled in the brows to keep everything nice and neat. I however have been using the wax just under the brow to lighten the area and give myself a brow lift, nice. It also comes with a little brush on the lid which is always handy. Any other brow bargains I should know about?

L'Oreal Paris Brow Artiste €8.49

C x

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The easy nude

I'm all about a nice subtle nude pink lip. Super easy to wear and super chic. I have a natural-ish approach to makeup up, because I'm crap at applying anything more than a soft smudged eye and it's not from a lack of trying. I love a good kitten flick, but it does not like me.  A nice pink lip is what I love and I tend to get stuck in a beauty rut. But this works for me. And if it ain't broke and all that. Also is it just me but when I go to buy a new lipstick or lip gloss I pick one up, love it, then go home and realize I have ten other lippies in exactly the same colour? What is that about?

On a recent trip to MAC I added to my pink lip obsession and grabbed this liner Hip n Happy. Love the name, and love the colour even more. It's a great basic pink that really goes well with numerous shades of pink. I paired mine with my all time favorite lipstick of all time MAC Creme Cup. I love this lipstick and keep going back to it when I want my lips to look done but not in your face. Lastly I popped on a new addition to the pink brigade NARS Istria lipgloss. And that's it, the lazy girls guide to a nice nude lip.

C x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

New in from Nars

So the summer is officially winding down in Ireland and it seems Autumn is here with a bang. I however have yet to go off on my holidays so  technically I'm pretending its's still summer and stocking up on sun cream and all things that will  make me nice and bronzed. Lovely. I can't seem to steer clear of Nars lately and want to try absolutely everything. The Nars body glow is an item that's been on the wishlist for a while now and I just NEEDED it when I smelled it on a client. It was one of those 'oh my god that's fab, what the hell is that smell' moments that I get and when she told me it was the glow item I had been meaning to buy, well, it was fate. It's fairly pricey so let's get that out of the way right now. I think it was about €60 quid so yeah that's a lot for a body glow lotion, but a little lasts a long time. You can buy it with the shimmer glow or without (why??) and I of course opted for the shimmer. The glass bottle it comes in is lovely and heavy and really adds to the fact that this is a luxury buy, and if you need to bring this away with you, which I will be, just transfer some into a small plastic travel bottle. Let's get to the best part shall we?

This. smells. unreal.

I could actually leave the post at that. There really is nothing else that matters. The packaging explains that the amazing smell is "monoi de tahiti oil, which is made up of pure coconut extract mixed with the bud of the tiare flower". Man it's good. So good that it didn't annoy me when the golden colour wasn't that tinted. You see that's not the point. The point of this is to get the skin to glisten and glow like JLO and to subtly add a sexy sheen to the skin. It does this very well. I had a lot of people asking how my skin looked so soft and glowy and what was that gorgeous smell? It really smells that good.

* Side note, let the bottle heat up slightly and really give it a good ol shake to get all the parts mixing nicely.

The second purchase was the Nars Sheer glow foundation and I'm pretty late to the party on this one. I just never buy something that's just out or new and tend to read tonnes of reviews before I spend money on a new foundation. So what do I think of it? It's a really good foundation that's medium to full coverage depending on how you build it up. It hides blemishes amazingly and lasts a long time. However....I don't get the glow part. Maybe that's because while Chanel Vitalumiere doesn't last that long, it gives the most beautiful non shiny, dewy glow and I guess I expected the same from this. If you are gonna put glow in the title then the stuff should give mega watt glow in my opinion. Not shiny, not oily, but gorgeous glowy, dewy skin. I'm obsessed with this look. All in all it's a really good high end foundation that covers imperfections well and photographs nicely (selfies at the ready). More of a night time rather than day time foundation if I'm totally honest. And so the quest for the ultimate foundation continues....

C x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Skyn Hangover Kit

If like me your skin get's those days when it's just gone to crap and you need a speedy boost then I may have just found your skin lifeline. M&S have seriously upped their game in the beauty department and are stocking a really good range of skincare brands that you might not find everywhere else. Skyn Iceland is a brand I'd heard about because of their popular eye pads and so when I saw this kit for €24.00 I ran to the till and straight home to test drive the set.

I love the packaging. Yes I'm a marketers dream, but really, the packaging is really clever and quirky. The kit itself contains an eye relief cream in the form of a pen (love this),  a cooling daily lotion, a face mist, and 2 sets of eye pads. So after giving my face a good clean I slapped everything on and then lay down with the eye masks to let them work their magic. The result? I nearly didn't recognize my skin after. This stuff is amazing. My skin was dull, grey, tired, blotchy, and dehydrated due to burning the candle at both ends and this stuff really kicked my skins arse. My skin looked rested and fresh and bloody great to be honest.

What I also love about this kit is that the stuff lasts ages and it's travel size so when I popped to London for a quick weekend, the eye pen and face mist were in my bag helping my eyes and face get over the red eye flight. Right enough babbling. I like this stuff, a lot. You will too.

Grab it here for €24.00

C x

Monday, 11 August 2014

Speedy Review : Ren Clarifying Clay Cleanser

I've been mixing up my skin care regime lately and finding lovely products that don't break the bank and that really really work. REN is a brand that's all about being clean and so they use plant and mineral active ingredients, so no nasties, lovely. The cleanser itself is lovely and creamy, which I was surprised by as it's branded a clay cleanser. It gives you a nice deep clean, without that horrible squeakiness after and leaves the skin super soft. The bottle itself is quite large and you can actually see how much product is left thanks to the clever packaging.  My skin has been looking pretty good since I started using this, it's not drying, but manages to dry up imperfections, while keeping the skin soft and smooth. A really good cleanser for anyone with blemish prone skin. Also a little goes a long way. The pump can dispense a lot of the product so go easy.

Ren Clarifying Clay Cleanser  €20.00

Stocked in Arnotts, Space NK, and selected pharmacies.

C x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Loving lately # 1

An Abundance of Katherines

The Fault In Our Stars was definitely one of my favorite books this year. I'm a bookworm. A total, self confessed can't pull myself off the couch because I love the book so much and nothing get's done until I finish it, book addict. So this was my next book of choice. I'm not far in, and it hasn't hooked me yet, but it's early days.

Maybelline Baby Lips €3.99

I have possibly the worst dry lips of all time thanks to acne medication I was on yonks ago. At certain times, my lips go to total crap, particularly if I haven't been good guzzling the water, and so I reach for this Maybelline stick to give me moisture and colour. It's not the best lip balm ever but it has a lovely colour and so I usually layer it on over another lip balm. There will be a post on lip balms. I own a tonne.

M & S Candle Coconut  €8

I love coconut. It's summery, and yummy, and gorgeous. I picked this up on a recent trip to M & S and liked it so much I went back for another. Smells divine and looks nice too. Job done.

Papaya Gold Paw Paw Lip Balm €7/€8

This caught my eye a couple of weeks ago in Boots and seen as I have the driest lips of all time ( see above) I had to try it. It's a clear gel with not much smell and so far it's doing a good job.

Mac Creme Cup €19

This is my favorite ever nude lippie of all time. I could not be without it. Sounds dramatic but when you find the perfect pink nude, it becomes a staple.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

An A & F dupe for the boy?

So this is probably the shortest post of all time to tell you that if you like your man smelling like the Abercrombie & Fitch fragrance Fierce, then get your ass down to Boots. On a recent trip to the mother ship Boots, I stumbled across this Radox shower gel as I was grabbing some 3 for 2's for himself. After a few days of me scratching my head as to why the bathroom was smelling like an A & F shop, I spotted the Radox and had an aha! moment. This stuff smells good. I have loved the men's A & F fragrances since I first visited the store in NYC a few years ago, and so I'm a little smug after finding this shower gel dupe. And at €2.89, that's a total bargain.

C x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Beach babe hair

The summer months are great for experimenting with new easy-breezy styles and relaxed do's. Summertime is definitely my hair's favourite season too, as I calm down on doing proper blow-drys,and opt for something a little more casual. Think of the Olsen twins meets Kate Moss at the beach. Swoon.

To get my casual beachy look I use two products. Mark Hill Holiday Hair Beach Babe & VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Spray. The beach babe product I only incorporate during the summer months but the VO5 I use regularly because it's bloody great (more on that later).

To start I wash my hair and then spray a tiny amount of the beach babe, the reason being, basically, if you use too much your hair will be like straw and you will not be able to remove a hairbrush from it. I speak from experience.Next I rough dry the hair on a cool setting and when it's nearly 100% dry I leave it for a few minutes to settle down. I give it a quick light brush (with the most amazing brush of all time) the trusty Tangle Teezer and then begin to curl the hair in sections with a large barrel tongs. Don't be too fussy with this part, the aim is beachy and undone so the messier the better.

Finally I spray the beach babe lightly throughout the hair (go easy, less is more), scrunching and roughing up the hair as I go before giving it a whizz of the VO5  dry texture spray.

The VO5 is a great little budget find I stumbled upon a few weeks back. It gives your hair that messy, lived in second-day hair that personally I adore. Spray this liberally all over your hair, after blow-drying  and it sexes up your look immediately. Amazing.

And that's it. It sounds like a lot, but once you have the routine down, it becomes a very easy look to master.

C x

Mark hill Beach Babe €8.49
VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texture Spray €3.44

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Summer skin

The summery season is well and truly here and I am super excited for ice cream and eating al fresco. As we know, I also like a little summery glow and so I introduced this guy into my nightly routine. I started using the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning lotion a few weeks back and have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. I was fairly sceptical about using a face tanner with no colour guide, for obvious reasons, but this stuff is really good. It smells nice and orangey too. I'm crap at describing scents by the way. So it's basically a milk lotion that you pop on a cotton pad and then slather onto the face before bed and that's where I started praying it wouldn't be a disaster the following morning. When I checked the mirror and didn't see an oompa loompa staring back I was chuffed. Instead I had a very light tan and really soft skin which I was not expecting at all. I actually looked like I'd had a great sleep and was very fresh looking if I say so myself. The tan is on the light side, but I think that's a bonus, and after applying it a few times a week, you get a lovely sun kissed look. Perfect.

C x

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning lotion   €26

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Scrub a dub dub

Oh how I love a faux glow! What I don't love, is when it's coming off. I'm fairly fussy with what fake tans I use because I'm uber pale and so I need something that won't look ridiculously dark and that will also fade lovely.

So to make sure that the tan fades nicely and to prep it for the next round, ya really need a great scrub, because a patchy, fading false tan won't be happening here, nope.

I have a few exfoliating scrubs that I love to use, but this next one was recommended to me and so, of course, I had to try.

Step up Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff.  I am very new to the Cocoa Brown brand as I have my holy grail of tans already and so I just never felt the need to try the tan range, but man, this brand has blown up overnight. Developed by Marissa Carter, a beauty therapist and business savvy lady, this brand is everywhere, literally, you can't escape the pinkness.

Tough Stuff is right up my street. The grains are tiny and very 'scrubby' and it smells pretty good too. I pair this with my St. Tropez exfoliating cloth and really, the results are pretty darn good. The scrub doesn't strip the tan off completely which is what I love in a good scrub, but it does help the tan to fade evenly while also removing all those pesky bumpy bits on the skin. My skin was seriously smooth after this stuff! Price wise it's a good bargain buy, I picked mine up in Penney's for under €8.

Pair this scrub up with some exfoliating gloves, and that stubborn fake tan won't know what's hit it.

C x

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Summer in a tub

The smell of coconut is something I adore. It's fresh, clean and reminds me of humid summery weather. Yum, and basically the total opposite of Ireland! The body shop body butters have a cult following due to their amazing moisturizing abilities. They are a thick balmy body butter that keeps the skin super moist and smelling delish. Some say they are too heavy for them during the day and only use them at night,  this is a fair point, but I love using this am and pm and find it soaks in fairly well.

Last summer I discovered the coconut shimmer body butter, and holy moly, I have gone through tubs of the stuff. You see it doesn't just smell divine, and butter the body up like no other, oh no, this tub of coconut love is infused with a very light and soft shimmer. So not only does it make the skin feel dewy and glowy, it now looks it too. 

Pop this on over a tan, and well, let the glow games begin.

C x

 The Body Shop Body Butter  €18.95

Oh boy!

Chanel was never really a brand I looked to for makeup but lately I'm having to pull myself away from their counters. They really have fab products that suit all ages so there is something for everyone. I started using the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine a while back and now that summer is here, I'm reintroducing them to my makeup bag.

The Rouge Coco Shine is a range of lipsticks that are meant to hydrate the lips whilst adding colour and shine. I have two colour's but 'Boy' is my favorite so far. It's a natural lip colour that works well on pale skin tones and is fantastic when you have a bronzed glow. The lipsticks are not very thick in consistency so they are more like a gloss in a stick, but not gloopy. I find these lipsticks are great if you suffer with dry lips but still want your pop of colour. The pigmentation is not as good as say MAC, but that's why I find them a great lippie for the day.They are a buildable and hydrating lipstick and boy is the perfect colour for the 'my lips but better' look.

Chanel is available here 

C x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Chanel vitalumiere aqua

Foundation is up there with my obsession for bronzers. No matter how many I have, I'm intrigued and drawn to buy more. I'm always on the lookout for something new and exciting that I will fall in love with. I've been using this foundation for a good few months now so I feel I'm ready to give it a post of it's own.

Not everyone will love this foundation so let's get that out of the way. It's  a very light, sheer foundation which I usually run away from seen as I despise the word sheer for some reason! It aims to perfect the skin and make it all dewy and healthy and glowy, and being a lover of the glow, you can see how it roped me in.

So what's good about it? Well, it's Chanel so it automatically feels classy right? OK, I'll be serious, it smells beautiful, that's the only way I can describe it. You need to give it a good shake as it's quite watery, but it glides on so smoothly and you really don't need a lot. The bottle is tiny, however I was surprised that I got a good few months out of it and I was wearing it most days. I also love the color's this foundation offers, they are never too yellow or pink based.

And now for the bad. So as we know I suffer with spots and blemishes, and although this says it will perfect the skin, it doesn't cover the bad boys. Yes it helps with discoloration, but hide pimples it does not and the lasting power isn't the greatest. And yet I love it, and have repurchased it a fair few times. It gives a glow like nothing else I have found, like the skin is lit from within and really healthy and all Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley (you know the look I'm going for). I recommended it to a friend who would also have some skin issues and we chatted about why we loved it even though it didn't cover up all our blemishes and the lack of staying power and yet we just couldn't put our finger on it.

Is it my favourite foundation ever? Well it's up there definitely, but maybe for days when my skin is behaving itself.

C x

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

More beauty bang for your buck

Beauty bargains are the best no? I usually like high end foundations, bronzers and lippies but there is something really satisfying about finding a great product that doesn't cost the earth. Myself and Rimmel have never gotten on too well as I never found any product I really loved that worked for me, so I thought it was about time Rimmel got to prove me wrong.

The first product was recommended by a friend and also by some people on instagram and so I headed out and bought the Rimmel blusher, and to be honest expected to hate it.
How wrong was I?! The shade recommended was Santa Rose from the lasting finish blush range. Usually I'm not a huge fan of peach blushers, but when sporting a sun kissed glow, this is really gorgeous. I think it would work really well on paler complexions too as it's a real all rounder. The colour is not too pigmented meaning you can build it up and blend it really easily. Rimmel 1 point.

 The stunningly beautiful makeup artist Lisa Eldridge recommended the next product, and to be honest I buy anything she tells me to. Yep, I'm a fan. The product in question was a bronzer. Just to let you know I'm a bronzer addict. I probably own more bronzers than I do knickers! (joke).I do really feel I should have been born with Jennifer Aniston's skin  tone but hey that didn't happen, and so, we must fake it. So the newest addition to the bronzer stash is the Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sunlight 025. The colour is perfect for me as it's not too orange or too muddy. It's a soft, warm matte powder that really livened up my skin giving me a nice glow. There's absolutely no shimmer to this powder so it's a good un for day time.

The blusher retails at €5.85 and the bronzer at €7.35, not bad eh?

So there it is, two Rimmel products that have made their way into my makeup bag. Who would have thought it.

C x

The beauty balm

As well as being a makeup addict, I have recently become more obsessed with skincare. Good skin equals great makeup in my opinion. I have the odd battles with spots and pigmentation and  feel that I really need to look after my skin and at this stage I have a good skincare regime down.

However, there can always be more right? I was introduced to the Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing balm by the skincare guru that is Caroline Hirons and I wouldn't dare buy a different cleanser. It's this amazing balm that comes in a nice large tub, bonus points, and looks like..... lard, yum. 

You basically take a small amount cause you don't need loads, and spread it straight onto your face using nice firm motions to spread it all around. If I'm being crazy lazy, I don't use eye makeup remover, just this, and it takes everything off. Perfect for the lazy ladies who go to bed with their makeup on. Tut Tut.

The balm really does remove everything but doesn't strip the skin so there's no squeaky feeling after cleansing which I really hate. Instead the skin is supple, soft and beautifully clean.

The down side is that there is no lush smell and you feel like you have lard all over your face, and it's €28 quid which some might think is steep for a cleanser and it is, but, it works, really well. Simples.

C x


Thursday, 24 April 2014

Recipe for the best bath ever

A bath is probably one of my favorite things ever!! There's nothing like coming home from a long day in work to a good old bath. Long gone are the days of a splash of Radox and away you go, nope, the humble bath is now a place where we can tune out and chill. And so here's how I roll.

I usually opt for a really nice bath oil, like this beautifully scented Sage one from Dr Hauschka. It smells yummy and adds a bit of luxury. It doesn't foam amazingly well, so if like me you do like your bubbles, pop in something else to get a nice lather.

Next up are the Epsom salts. I add a scoop of these to the bath as they are great for detoxing the body and personally I think they help to take down any bloatedness. If my skin is really dry I spoon in some coconut oil which is fantastic for softening the skin, and then add some to my hair as a mask. I then pop on a face mask, light the candles, grab some magazines and hey presto, you've got yourself a night at the spa. Well, sorta.

Let me know your fave bath products you use in the comments below.

C x

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Love at first swipe

Ok, so I'm a newbie to the NARS brand as such. I only have one other item which is the multiple in Copacabana, but other than that it was a brand that I just never visited much.

After a lot of blog reading and you tube video reviews, I caved and bought the NARS creamy concealer, and as pathetic as this is to say, I have never been happier in my life to find a product that works!!!
This stuff is amazing. The product has had a lot of beauty blogger lovin, however I'm not usually one to buy something based on hype and I just never thought I would find a concealer that was this good. So after much debate, I went and bought this bad boy as I was passing Brown Thomas, as you do.

The concealer is extremely creamy so this makes it perfect for under the eye area and around the nose, but it also covers blemishes unbelievably well, probably better than anything I have used and I've tried out my fair share. NARS offer a really good range of shades, even ones for Irish pale skin, yay, so you can be sure there will be something for nearly everyone.

NARS is available here from Brown Thomas, and I have a feeling I'm probably gonna be in there a bit more.

Just for a look of course.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Hands and heels

I am a  HUGE fan of the pink stuff and love when Boots launch the gigantic Soap & Glory sets every December. Now I don't know about  you but up until recently I wasn't great at maintaining the hands and feet. Sure they got scrubbed with a mitt along with everything else, but other than that, zilch. Seeing as our hands can give away our age as we get older, and with it nearly being sandal weather, I thought it was time I added these products to the regime.

These two products smell ah-mazing, as all S & G products usually do. The hand mask is meant to be applied each night and there is a pair of gloves that come with, but I felt ridiculous with these on in bed.They really do work though, however I tend to use these once a week while watching Netflix. I apply the mask every night before I hit the hay and I have to say the difference is fantastic. My skin is so buttery soft and brighter in general.

Now onto the feet, which I must admit, I'm not so religious when applying. The cream is a very light blue/green and doesn't smell as good as the hand mask, but again it does a fantastic job. I tend to pop this on watching t.v and put a pair of fluffy socks on and ta-da, super soft, smooth amazing feet.

These guys are available in boots and with them nearly always 3 for 2, what's not to love?


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A spot of bother

I have always suffered with spots from small zits to the big deep cystic throbbing bad boys. In recent years I have kinda got them under control but due to daily stresses, hormones, partying and the occasional pig out, I still have to deal with bad skin. I eat pretty healthy, get my 2 litres of water everyday and have a regimental skin regime, but alas, the skin refuses to play ball.

Let's just say I have tried everything from antibiotics,Retin A cream and just about every other spot removing gimmicky product going.

And yet I caved and bought another one.

Step up the Origins Super Spot Remover. It has super in the title so c'mon I had to try it, but unfortunately, I don't like it. It pains me to say this as it's not the cheapest product and the bottle is tinchy! I have tried this out for a good few weeks and while it does take down the spot somewhat, I really don't see the big deal about this even though some people swear by it. It tingles at first which usually means it's doing the job, but after applying before I went to bed, the next morning nothing drastic had changed. Maybe I expect miracles?
It does say super in the title..

So would I recommend this? Yes... and no. Yes if you have pretty good skin and the odd small spot, it will do the trick. However, if like me your spots are a little larger than a normal zit and you suffer with the red pigmentation marks left after the spot has gone.. this won't do that much.

At €18.50 this little guy is pretty darn expensive, and without the super power it promised.

Monday, 7 April 2014


So here it is, the first post!!

Things that will be on here....

1. Beauty products....lots of them.
2. Skincare products...lots of these also.
3. And probably my dog cause he's awesome.

Stay tuned