Friday, April 18, 2014

Everyday makeup look - video!

You know the score, you need to look like a human being first thing in the morning and you have about ten minutes to achieve that.  When I'm in a rush that early in the day and want to look decent, I like to rely on my old favourites and leave trying the new products until the evenings or weekends, when I have more time to play with them.  They're products I trust with my life, well, with my face.  They're the items that turn me from this into this!

So pull up a chair, grab a coffee and then go put make up on your mush.

Products used:

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream - review
Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - review
Smashbox Eye Primer
Clarins Colours of Brazil eyeshadow palette
L'Oreal False Lash Flutter Mascara - review
L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara - review
Clinique Cheek Pop - Peach Pop blush - review
Shiseido Lacquer Gloss shade OR303 In The Flesh - review

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Compact Cream review, before & after photos

I might be mistaken, but I do believe I've seen the sun in the sky for the past few days and for more than five minutes at a time too!  We don't know how long it'll last for, so we need to make the most of it and catch those precious rays, even if it's only walking from the car to the office!

La Roche-Posay have launched a new Compact Cream as part of their Anthelios XL range and check out the SPF50+, no excuses anymore when it comes to sun protection eh?  It promises to protect your skin while making your face look nice.  Suits me just fine!

The creamy formula looks thick in the compact, but when it makes contact with your skin, it melts gently, making it easy to work with and blend into the skin.  Under the pan is a little sponge that you can use to apply it, but I lost it in about 4 seconds and for me, I'm not really a spongey person as I end up with way too much product on my face.

I've been using it with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and it gives me lots of control when working it into my skin.  I get medium coverage with the cream and it evens out my skin tone beautifully, covering all redness but without looking cakey.  It has a really soft, matte finish but isn't drying on the skin and it's lightweight texture makes me forget I've anything on my face half the time.

I feel almost airbrushed when I wear the Anthelios XL compact cream and because of that finish, I don't have to worry about powdering the skin, which is a step I'm not mad on when it gets into summer.

This offers UVB protection which means I don't have to worry about my face getting burnt along with UVA protection which means that nobody had better ask me if I'm Joanne's mother anytime soon as it'll help slow down the ageing process.  I need all the help I can get in both areas!

For €21, it's great value for money.  The only thing is it comes in just two shades, 01 Sandy Beige and 02 Golden.  I got the lightest shade to try out and it's a perfect match for me, but anyone paler than me would have to blend it down the neck, or use a lighter touch when applying it.

I'll be getting lots of use out of this over the next while as I make it my mission to mind my skin and look nice in the process!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Space NK wish list with £10 off code!

You might have heard the news that Space NK is coming to Grafton Street and I'm scared ladies, real scared.  I don't go to Dundrum that often so haven't spent much time (or money) in the Space NK there but now that it's coming to town, all bets are off...  I constantly have a wish list as long as my arm when it comes to

Things that I don't need but am 99% sure I'll buy them...

My SpaceNK Wish list

After having my hair did using Bumble & Bumble products earlier this year, I've been obsessing over the Pret-A-Powder (£21.50) because this stuff added some serious volume and texture to my hair the likes of which I've not been able to achieve since!  Pret-A-Powder, you will be mine!
I've been wanting to try the Glamglow Mud Mask (£25) for ages now after reading and seeing so many posts and videos raving about it.  All the people can't be wrong now can they?  No, I didn't think so.  Glamglow, I want you to make my face glow thank you very much.

Now I know I must have gotten a knock on the head to even consider spending £38 on a blush but the Cellularose Blush Glace from by Terry looks and sounds amazing.  It promises to give me a healthy glow and just pretend you don't know what shade I'd choose...

A lot of the British Youtubers rave about Sarah Chapman products and I really do feel like I need the Skinesis Overnight Facial (£45) in my life.  Who doesn't want to wake up with plump, radiant skin, looking all rejuvenated.  I fear if I tried one product, I'd want to try them all...

I do love an aul eye crayon and this Ombre Blackstar by Terry (£28) is calling my name.  It doesn't even matter what shade, because I just have a severe case of The Wants, especially after seeing Tanya Burr rave about it.  I think I need one for blogging purposes.

I've gone wild for dry shampoos recently, having bought 4 on sale in Superdrug and then I went and used one on my armpits this week thinking it was deodorant.  Ahem.  I won't be doing such things with the much raved about Dry Texturising Spray from Oribe (£19).

You know I have a serious issue when it comes to trying lipsticks and ever since reading about the Vesuvius Liquid Lipsticks (£22) online a while ago,  they've been on my list and of course, I want Vesuvius Coral.   Pigmented, long-lasting and nourishing, sounds pretty perfect if you ask moi.

Having only tried a couple of Ren products so far, I've had my eye on the Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm (£20) as it's coming into the warmer weather where more skin is on show and so said skin needs to be nice and soft.  This also contains olive, basil and peppermint oils which will soften my skin after I exfoliate.  Grand sounding stuff altogether.

Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup raves about the Aesop Parsley Seed mask alas I couldn't see it on the website, so will have to make do with the Camelia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream (£33) from the same brand.  It sounds lovely with it's botanical oils and Vitamins A and E and we won't even get started on the ye olde jar packaging!

Finally we have something from one of my favourite brands, This Works, in the form of the No Wrinkles Time Dose Mask (£36).  You can leave it on for 10 minutes, 20 minutes or overnight, each giving you a different treatment and I really believe we would be very happy together, this mask and I!

And you know what else?  They're offering £10 off when you spend £40 or more by entering DISCOVER20 at the checkout!  Don't say I'm not an enabler and if I wasn't financially challenged at the moment (roll on payday), I'd be getting this lot and more!  This offer ends today, Wednesday April 16th, so move fast!

Garnier Ultimate Blends, The Marvellous Transformer 1 Minute Treatment review

I think this little gem has the longest name for a product ever, so for the rest of the post, the Garnier Ultimate Blends, The Marvellous Transformer 1 Minute Treatment will be known as the Transformer.  No robots in disguise.

I bought this a few weeks ago when I was having one of my world famous looks in Boots.  I went in with the intention of seeing what was new and came out with this.  I am obsessed with anything that will work quickly on my face, body and hair because I'm a very impatient bridie.  I say impatient when in actual fact I'm just always late and need things to work quickly but be effective.

This 1 minute treatment promises to nourish dry, lifeless hair and give it glowing shine.  Eh, this is exactly what I need!  And as I'm a fan of the morning showers these days, I don't like having to give up hair treatments purely because I'm going about my business in the morning and not the evening.

Combined with Moroccan Argan Oil and Japanese Camellia Oil, this treatment for my poor locks feels so thick and unctuous that it truly feels like I'm pampering myself first thing in the morning, when what I'm actually doing is trying not to go flying in the shower due to milling around like a mad thing.

I leave it on for at least a minute and each time I've used it, my hair is left soft, shiny and swooshy.  Is it wrong that I'm using it every day because I love it so much?  No, I didn't think so.  Ok, ok, I'll cut back.... Purely to make it last longer mind you.

€5.29 is the damage which is great value, but it's spoiled me and I'll have to repurchase because I don't think my hair will like going back to a regular conditioner.  I'm loving being able to pamper my gruaig in 60 seconds and now I've no excuse if I'm late to work!  Great stuff altogether!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Behind the Girlie Bits - Joanne's Hen Do!

If you've been following us on Twitter, Instagram and here on the blog, you'll probably know that Joanne had her hen do recently.  I don't know if it's just Ireland who calls it a "do" but it doesn't matter, I love the phrase hen do!

My fellow bridesmaid Lorraine and I started preparations back in January, thinking we'd lots of time and holy moly it flew in!  She was absolutely amazing and we made a great team and already know we're going to plan more things together!  When we decided it'd be in Dublin, Lorraine suggested renting an apartment in town so we had a base that everyone could go back to and we'd have more craic instead of having separate hotel rooms and it was the best idea!

As the planning happened, we decided there would be four phases to the day.

Phase 1 was a lunch in The Port House, one of Joanne's favourite restaurants and we found out on the day that that's where she and Will had their first date!  Awwww!  We knew that mam and Will's mam didn't want to come out for the evening meal, so lunch was perfect and we ate rings around ourselves.  Of course because the craic was mighty, I didn't take photos of the food or anything as we were all too busy enjoying ourselves, but take it from me, The Port House is amazing and you have to get the churros for desert, even if you're stuffed.

Phase 2 involved us going back to the apartment.  Lorraine legged it back while we finished up lunch and set everything up.  The apartment was perfect!  Two bedrooms and a grand kitchen, dining room and living room we could all sit in, have the chats and get ready.

We stayed in one of the StayCity Serviced Apartments in Millennium Walk so we were smack bang in the centre of town.  The place was spotless and if we'd needed it, there's a 24 hour reception.  Our apartment slept 6 but only 4 of us stayed there and I'm telling you, if you're having a girlie night out or when Christmas parties start at the end of the year, having a base like this where everyone can meet and get ready in is so much better than staying in a hotel!  Best idea ever.

We gave Joanne some pressies and she got a leeeedle bit emotional which doesn't bode well for the wedding day!  Waterproof mascara shall be a must!  We got her some nails made with Will's photos on them which went down a storm!  Wendy from iNailz makes customised nails so I sent in a couple of photos of poor Will and look!  They can do logos as well as photos and for €15 per set of 20 nails, they're great craic!  Joanne loved them and spent the night making us look at them!

We got Joanne a word art print made from Feel Creative and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!  I sent in 30 words and phrases and chose the Vintage Block design 40cm x 40cm because I wanted it to fit in a frame Joanne had, so guessed the size as best I could.  It took a week for them to come back with the design and it was perfect!

Lorraine made t-shirts with some of Joanne's famous phrases and they looked deadly!  I must say, it's quite something to see your mam wearing a t-shirt that says Big Willy Style on the front!!

Phase 3 was dinner and although mam hadn't planned on coming out with us, we talked her and her bessie Geraldine into coming for more food!  We went to Cafe En Seine where they'd a lovely set meal for the group, lovely atmosphere and we'd lots of times for more chats, games and laughs.  Let's just say that Joanne's friend Sinead knows Will nearly as much as Joanne does!

Phase 4 involved dancing.  Lots of dancing!  And as Joanne loves the 80s, we had to go to Club Nassau and didn't stop singing and dancing for the night!  Each song was better than the last and we left there with sore feet and no voices, but it was great craic and I'll defintely go back.

The Constantine ladies!

Now of course we filmed a video filling you in on all the nitty gritty details!  We popped our vloggy cherry and filmed a little bit during the day and mixed the vloggy footage in with our chit chat and there's a lot of chit chat!  We go into more detail there about everything, so go get a cuppa, put the feet up and watch us sing, chat and laugh!

We've got more vlogs planned so make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and hopefully we won't get busted talking to a camera in the bathroom of a hotel!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Holy Grail Conundrum!

No I'm not talking about a holy relic or anything, I'm talking about The Holy Grail - Makeup Edition.  You know the score.  One of your aims in life is to find The Perfect Mascara, Foundation, Nude Lipstick etc  You're obsessed with trying new ones in the elusive search and know some day that you'll find it and can shout it from the rooftops!

A couple of years ago I came across my Holy Grail mascara; Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill.  It was love at first application.  It gave me definition, lift, separation, curl, volume and basically made my lashes look like they should be in an ad but without the airbrushing.  I raved about it to everyone I met because it was The One.  So when it ran out, I got myself ready to buy another one.  I was in Sephora in New York at the time and casually sauntered over to the Giorgio Armani counter ready to pick it up and was delighted because Joanne was getting a few for her and the girls at work based on my ravings.

So what did I do?  Bought Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Excess.  Yes.  I didn't replace it... I bought one that I thought might be better...  It had Excess in the name... Excess = more = better lashes, correct?  What if I was wrong and Eyes To Kill mightn't be the Holy Grail?  What if I could be limiting myself to potentially amazing lashes because I was close minded and assumed Eyes to Kill was as good as it gets?  I was having the ultimate makeup equivalent of Fear Of Missing Out.  So I got the Excess version thinking it would be better.  And it wasn't... FML

So tell me, is there a Holy Grail product you buy time and time again or are you like me and scared that if you limit yourself to the same products, you might be missing out on The Ultimate Holy Grail?!  Tell me I'm not alone in my lunacy in wanting to try every product out just in case!

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss review, photos, swatches, shades RD305 Lust, OR303 In The Flesh, PK304 Baby Doll

I'm in love ladies.  With a lip product.  Three actually, and I can't pick between them.  I do love lip glosses but it takes something special to get me as giddy as I am about these.

Newly released from Shiseido this spring, the Lacquer Glosses are an 8 strong collection of lip lacquer/lip gloss hybrids and I'm hoping they bring out more shades this year because they're really something special.  I have three shades to show you today so let's get down to business.

L-R: Shiseido Lacquer Gloss RD305 - Lust,  Shiseido Lacquer Gloss OR303 - In The Flesh,  Shiseido Lacquer Gloss PK304 - Baby Doll
Packaging is lightweight and you can see the colour of the product through the tube.  This makes me happy as a lot of the time I like to root in my bag as I'm walking down the street and it makes for easy pickings.  The applicator is flat on both sides and lies flat on the lips when you're applying the product and means you can get precise application.

Speaking of the product, the formula is fantastic.  It's lightweight, not sticky and feels like silk on the lips.  Inspired by Japanese lacquer, each shade has a high gloss shine and the more layers you apply, the more intense the pigmentation.  So you can either go lightly lightly or pack a bit more punch in the colour department.

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss RD305 - Lust
Shade RD305 Lust is a warm orange toned red that's wearable, flattering and one of those staple reds for me.  It warms up my skin tone nicely and as it's the most vibrant of the three shades, I was thankful for the precise applicator which meant I could get nice clean edges on the lips.  Happy days!

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss RD305 - Lust

OR303 In The Flesh was made for me.  Although it looks really peachy in the tube, once applied to the lips, it turns into The Perfect Everyday Gloss.  It's slightly pipped the third shade below in being the colour I reach for every day.  It is carried in my handbag, then left on my desk at work, then back into the handbag and because it's not a creamy opaque peach shade which can tend to sit in the lines on the lips, In The Flesh just gives a hint of peachy goodness to the lips along with a lot of shine.
Shiseido Lacquer Gloss OR303 - In The Flesh

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss OR303 - In The Flesh
Finally we have PK304 Baby Doll which is a light blue toned pink which makes for a gorgeous and delicate neutral lip with a difference.  One layer gives a slight pinky stain on the lips but the second coat gives more colour and shine.  As I said, this is only very slightly behind In The Flesh in terms of me reaching for it and I really do mean only slightly.  I have a gra for peaches and corals that even my subliminal mind understands!  But Baby Doll is Joanne's favourite and she's seriously considering it for her wedding day.  Ooh I know!  It could be her something borrowed, but then again, I might be a nice sister and get her one for herself.  We'll see how nice she is to me between now and then!

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss PK304 - Baby Doll
Shiseido Lacquer Gloss PK304 - Baby Doll
I've worn In The Flesh and Baby Doll pretty much non stop for the past few weeks and they both last a good 4 hours on me.  They're so moisturising and feel like a lip treatment and because of them, my lips are in the best condition ever!

For €25, they're on the spendy end of things.  But are they worth the money?  100% yes in my opinion.  As I said, there are 8 shades in total and if they bring out an orange or bright coral shade, you know I'll be all over them!

The Lacquer Glosses are on counters now and you need to go check them out and thank me later!
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