Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Roger & Gallet Creme Sublime Bois D'Orange hand cream

I was sent the new hand cream from Roger & Gallet the other day to try out.  It's the newest addition to the Creme Sublime Bois D'Orange range.  I looked at the name of it and blinked.  My first thought having never tried any products with orange in it quite rightly was, "will this make my hands smell like Fanta"?  An important question I think you'll agree.


I am happy to report that this does not smell like Fanta, happy days!  It contains argan oil, evening primrose oil, SPF 15 and D-Panthenol.  Yeah, I didn't know what that was either but it basically has repairing and protective properties which is what you need for your poor hands.  The cream claims to improve the hydration and comfort of your hands for 8 hours after application but I can't test that out because I wash my hands so often!  I work in a hospital and we're supposed to wash our hands following their guidelines and use alcohol gel, so my hands get really dry and tight.


The cream itself is lovely and thick and is absorbed into the skin quickly leaving a soft finish thanks to the mattifying agent.  There's nothing worse than applying hand cream and then standing with your hands in the air, waving them around (like you just don't care), fingers spread, waiting for them to dry.  I've been using this at work and can start typing right away, no muss, no fuss.

So let's get on to the scent, the Fanta-less scent.  Until I do a course on how to describe scents, I'll tell you what Roger & Gallet say.  The head notes are mandarin, basil and verbena.  The heart notes are orange blossom and neroli and the base notes are amber, rosewood and Atlas cedar wood.  What I can tell you is that it smells absolutely gorgeous.  When I first apply it I can smell the mandarin and orange blossom, that I can tell you.  I might be able to smell the other notes but don't know I'm smelling them because I don't know what they smell like on their own!  I can smell the SPF which is the smell of holidays, always good!  After a few minutes, the scent changes to something so clean and fresh and almost soapy.  Soapy smells are right up my street when it comes to lotions and potions.  I'm now going to check out the other products in this range, I mean, if they have a body spray that smells like this, I'm sold!

The RRP for a 75 ml tube is €9 which is pretty decent for the quality of product you receive and is available in selected pharmacies from September 2011.


I am still using this hand cream from Green Angel at night.  This is now my hand cream for every day use and the girls at work and I will make quick work of this :)  Love it and will purchase.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Red or dead? Emm, red please

After spending way too long taking off this gorgeous nail polish from Revlon, I decided to do something I haven't done in a long time, paint my nails red!  I know it's still August but now that the X Factor is back, it feels like Autumn and I love red and wine nail polishes at this time of the year.  And, I saw kids back at school in their uniforms and all so it completely feels like the summer's over!  So I got all of my red polishes and am going to ask you to pick what I should paint my nails.

These are the contenders:


Let us take a closer look shall we?  First up, the top row.

 
Left to right: Bourjois So Laque-Rouge diva, China Glaze-Phat Santa, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure-Red Zin, ciate-Dangerous Affair, China Glaze-Ruby Pumps.


Left to right: Sephora by OPI-Sample Sale, China Glaze-Ruby Deer, Leighton Denny-Viva La Diva, Rimmel-Red Carpet, Laca de unas-No 59.

I will be happy with any of these so leave a comment below and help me choose please.  The polish with the most votes, wins and yes, I am aware that I look like a crazy person with 10 red nail polishes in their collection *ahem*  I love them all and they're all different, yep, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Make a choice and make it a good one....
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Monday, August 29, 2011

As Cher said "If I could turn back tiiiiime" - Lovely Girlie Bits and their debs

Once upon a time, many years ago, and I mean many, there weren't even digital cameras back then, I had to take a photo of the photo so I could show you, Joanne and I had our debs.  I will not say when because it's too depressing but 'twas many moons ago....

Mine was first and I set the standard for the Constantines in the family.  My auntie made my dress.  Yep.  I was wearing haute couture *ahem*  There was no talking to her and my mam so I just let them have at it and look at the bloody state of me...

Joanne (L), Karen (R)
I couldn't find any other photos of us, I'd say mam probably has more but let me talk you through my dress first.  Well, it was floor length with a slit up the back, black material with a silver pinstripe running through it, yeah, I said pinstripe for a debs dress.  Sigh.  For some colour they wanted to drape that red silky material across the front and what you can't see is that it draped over my shoulders and cascaded down past my elbows.  Yes, we pretended I was Superman for the night.

She made those horrific red long sleeve/glove monstrosities and if you look really closely, you can see that they loop around my middle finger.  They were peeled off as soon as we got in the car after the obligatory "ah, wouldya look, isn't she lovely" mortifying photos.  I wore, wait till you hear it, black velvet court shoes with big clumpy heels.  All in the name of comfort and sure wouldn't we be up all night dancing.  Yes, dancing in my suit material pinstriped dress.  I wore some cheap bling and red nail polish.

But let me say that this night and this abomination of an outfit is the sole reason why I haven't worn red lipstick up until the L'Oreal Colour Trophy awards earlier this year.  I was so traumatized by this that I couldn't bear to slick some red lippie on and that is a lot of years to go through life with no red lipstick.  So thank you Claire and Aoife for inviting me to those awards and giving me the courage to go glam and now associate red lipstick with that amazing night rather than my bloody debs.

The only thing that I did like about my ensemble that night was my hair.  At the time I had really long hair and a family friend came do to it.  It was a gorgeous updo that was held together with countless bobby pins and an obscene amount of hairspray.  It. Did. Not. Budge.  Not even after I got home and took all the clips out.  A grand hairstyle altogether.


As Joanne is away and is not here to describe her outfit, I will do the best I can.  I was away the summer before her debs so wasn't involved in choosing this long black and midnight blue spangley dress that actually looks a little bit see through now that I look at it.  I believe I see a boxy black velvet handbag, not unlike something The Queen totes around with her and she had black velvet sandals on, I do remember that because I robbed them one night on her and they cut the feet off me like no other shoe.  And of course, lots and lots of curly hair, or would we call them ringlets?!

So ladies, that is what our parents let us go out looking like back then.  If you would like to join us on our trip down memory lane, feel absolutely free to email me a photo of you at your debs and I'll make a post for the craic.  Or do your own post and show the world!
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Favourite Five posts of the week

Another week gone, holy moly!  And now that the X Factor has started, the Christmas countdown has well and truly begun.  Yes, I said the C word, Christmas!  But as we're talking X Factor, am loving me some Gary Barlow, the t-shirts, the blazers, the beard, hello Gazza....

image from Topnews.in
So enough drooling, wipe your chins and let's get cracking on my Famous Five, I mean, Favourite Five posts of the week, the ones that made me laugh, cry, inspired and made me go ooh.

1.  The gorgeous Emma over at Fluff and Fripperies invited me to take part in a series she's doing on bloggers' five favourite products and here is my guest post along with a lovely intro, *sniff* thanks Emma :)

2. The beautiful Shifa over at Get Gawjus! posted on the new Sleek Nude Palette that I can't wait to get my hands on purely because of this post.  She has three different looks and they are beautiful.  The third look is stunning.

3. Fee at Makeup Savvy showed off her new camera shots with this post on nail polishes for Autumn.  Gorgeous photos combined with the fact that I want those shoes in the last photo.  Alas, they are from Primark from a couple of years ago but I am on the hunt for something similar.  Shiny nudey shoes will be mine!

4. Ellie at Ellie Loves has a hair crush in Olivia Palermo and so do I.  This is the shade/style I'd love to have so stay posted while Ellie and I try to get the exact same hair!  Girlfriend is rocking some seriously shiny hair...

5. The girls at Viva Adonis have a great post about the counterfeit designer goods.  There are some great points and a lot of us had something to add to the conversation.  Hopefully the girls will tackle counterfeit make up soon as it's an important topic with more and more of us ordering make up from ebay.

That's it for this week ladies.  What do we think of The Barlow?
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Revlon's Facets of Fuchsia - dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance!

Ooh ladies a good dupe like this makes me happy.  While perusing the Revlon stand to try and locate Carbonite, a rumoured dupe for Chanel's Graphite, I came across this little beauty and after one little glance, popped it in my basket.  I've been coveting Bad Romance from Deborah Lippmann ever since buying Across The Universe and this is a dupe if ever I saw one!
Revlon's Facets of Fuchsia
This is one of Revlon's new shades for the Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection - Expressionists, designed by Gucci Westman, Revlon Global Artistic Director.  It's currently on offer in Boots for €6 instead of €9 so get one pronto before the offer ends.  Facets of Fuchsia is packed full of regular fuchsia glitter and hexagonal glitter in a black purple jelly base.  I can't stop looking at it!


This is a polish that needs at least 2 coats to become fully opaque and for my photos here, I applied 3 thick coats.  A tip when applying polishes like this one and Across The Universe, try not to drag the brush along your nail.  This will drag the glitter along with it and you want to have an even placement of it so that it looks purty.  Let each coat dry properly and you'll be good to go.
Revlon's Facets of Fuchsia in sunlight (L), indoors no flash (M), indoors with flash (R).
I love how thick the base is so that the bigger hexagonal glitters become more immersed in it, partly peeking out to say hi.


What do you think?  Do we like?
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lush H'Suan Wen Hua review

Where did they get the name of this from?  I had to correct the spelling in the title 4 times before starting this post and it is now safely in my Ctrl+V option ready at a moment's notice, otherwise I'd be here for the day.


I picked this up in Belfast a few weeks ago after vaguely remembering that I'd read about it somewhere.  I'm a big fan of Marilyn from Lush so thought I'd give this one a go for a change.

Lush says "Mega-moisturiser for super-conditioning care to feed your hungry hair. It's Lush salad dressing for the head; a nutritious treat to make hair more healthy and pleased to be alive! Avocados are nutritious and softening, balsamic vinegar gives amazing shine, and watercress infusion is exceptionally high in vitamins and increases the tensile strength of the hair. H'Suan Wen Hua means The God of Hair in Cantonese (we think), and our intention is to give you the hair of a deity. Use it on days when you'd like your hair to be worshipped."


Ingredients
The instructions say to apply loads to dry hair.  It's best to do this over a sink because it's so runny.  I ended up splatting some of it into the skin as I tried to scoop it out of the tub and slather it into my hair.  Don't you love the word slather?  It's got the same consistency as Lush's Marilyn, too runny for a tub I think.


As soon as the treatment made contact with my hair, I was nearly knocked unconscious by the smell of it.  It went from being a mildly scented tub of goo to a full on weapon that would take down a small village with the fumes.  I do like to exaggerate if you haven't noticed but what I'm basically saying is that the scent is strong.  Really strong.  Would burn the nose hairs off you strong.  Had me gag a little bit when applying it strong.

But in the interest of the blog, the fact that it cost me £8.50 and I used half the tub to fully saturate my hair, so £4 a pop, I persevered, held my breath and hoped for the best.  The tub advises to leave it on for 20 minutes and I did just that.  It says to wash it out, shampooing and conditioning your hair as normal.  I did just that.  But girls, my hair still positively reeked of the stuff.  I thought the scent would evaporate overnight, but no.  So I sat in work with my hair down, trying to "air the scent out of my hair".

I also did a survey with some of the girls at work to see what they thought of the scent.  Yeah, I made my work colleagues smell my hair... Seeing that in print makes it seem like a much weirder thing to do but everyone was happy to do it...  When they asked me what treatment I'd used, my answer was "emmm, I don't know how to pronounce it" at which point they looked at me with a raised eyebrow.  I needed a verbal Ctrl+V...  I think it smells very cinnamony, clovey, herbal and just weird.  Girls at work said it smelled like chewing gum, cinnamon and two girls liked it and I know it's just a subjective thing when it comes to scents but it was not for me so the other half of the tub is going to a new home tomorrow.

It didn't leave my hair particularly soft or shiny.  Marilyn will always win for this and I have some left in my bathroom which I will now have to use to try and apologize and make it up to my hair.  I had high hopes for H'Suan Wen Hua but it left me disappointed and smelly.

Has anyone tried this?  How did you get on with it?
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MUA giveaway winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win one of two Heaven and Earth palettes from MUA!


Random.org was used to choose the winners and without further ado the winner of the first palette is....



Makeup Hair and Glitz!!

The winner of palette number 2 is.....


Natalia!!

Congratulations ladies, I will email you to get your addresses.  I used mine for the first time today and loved it so I have no doubt that you'll have fun playing with them!

Thanks for supporting us and taking the time to read and comment on the blog, we love doing it and love to give back.  Lovely Girlie Bits turns 1 at the end of September so keep an eye out for something special then, all will be revealed soon!
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Ultimate hair shame - look away now if easily disturbed


In an episode of Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw once spoke about Secret Single Behaviour, those things that you can only do when alone, far away from people who will think you're demented.

In the interest of full disclosure, a concept I try to live by as best as possible on the blog, I am now about to disclose some information that might make you recoil in horror, not be able to read the rest of this post and never be able to look at me in the same light again... It's a risky move, but here goes...

Ladies.... from time to time, I use one of these...


I know I know I knowwwwwwww ..... "it's U.G.L.Y, you ain't got no alibi, you ugly."  


But let me explain.  I wear my hair up a lot and when I had longer hair, I wore it up in a pony tail most days.  This lead to my hair breaking all across the back of it, so sometimes after I wash and dry my hair, I'll use a scrunchie to keep it in a pony tail or a bun till I'm ready to style it or go to bed.  It's more gentle on my poor hair and to be honest, more comfy than my usual elastic bobbin and doesn't give you those bobbin dents in your hair after being tied up.  Sigh.  I can't believe I'm actually trying to explain why I use a scrunchie and make you think it's a good idea...  Anyway, back to the jibber jabber.  Comfy scrunchies.  I almost left the house with one still in the locks?!  Oh the potential horror and mortification, being seen by another human being with a big ole scunchie sitting in my hair.

Now, I don't think you're ready for this jelly but full disclosure ladies, full disclosure....


Oh yes I did, I gots me two of these bad boys.  You never know when you'll need an extra one to sit on your wrist like a bracelet, to put on your dog's leg and pretend it's a bandage, or best use of a scrunchie is to catapult it at your sister's head.  It's soft so won't hurt.  Fling at will ladies.

Does anyone want to disclose a secret to the group?  Are you a secret scrunchie user? (If you're not, even pretend just to pacify me thanks.)
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stila palette - Living the life in Laguna

I love Stila.  The end.  Except this would be a boring post if that's all I had to say.  As you know, Stila made it's return to Ireland recently and I had to go say hi, would've been rude not to.  I managed to restrain myself and just picked up the Living the life in Laguna palette and a smudge pot in Kitten.  Today, Living the life in Laguna palette gets it's time to shine.

Stila Living the life in Laguna palette
This is one of five collectible beach palettes from Stila and is No. 5.   I had made my mind up to buy just one palette beforehand, cut to me standing in Boots like a lunatic holding two palettes and asking my sister to "pick onnnnne for meeeee, I can't dooo it myselllllf!"  Needless to say, she could have cared less and went off leaving me alone to make my decision and so this is the one that made it's way home with moi.

Shadows in palette (Cove-top left, Sand Dollar-top right, Sunset-bottom right, Bonfire-bottom left)
Swatches left to right (Sand Dollar, Sunset, Cove, Bonfire)
The main focus of this post will be the shadows because the cheek colours didn't impress me too much, they didn't show up well on my skin but I think they'd be nice on fairer skin. The four shadows are buttery, smooth, shimmery and blend so much easier than my Mac shadows.  I don't usually wear pinky eye shadows but Sand Dollar blends into the skin leaving a subtle wash of colour all over the eyelid.  Cove is the purple one and reminds me of Mac's Shale.  Sunset is a rusty colour that looks like Antiqued from Mac, a perfect Autumn colour.  Bonfire is the most matte of them but still has some shimmer to it.  I decided to give the palette a go and create two different looks.  Now, the lighting at my house is bad at the best of times.  It's so dark today so I had to use the flash on the camera which washes the colour slightly out of the shadows but here goes.


First up I wanted to create a simple look that takes a few minutes.  I applied Sand Dollar all over the eyelid to  just above the crease.  I didn't go all the way up to the brow bone because that much shimmer freaks me out and brings me back to my college days where I used to wear shimmery blue eye shadow from lash to eyebrow.  I then took Sunset and applied it into the crease, blending well.  There's always a worry when using pink and red eye shadows that you'll end up looking like you've been crying or like a vampire and these are not the looks I was going for, so I blended well!  Then I took Bonfire on an angled brush and applied it along the upper and lower lashlines.  This looked a lot more pigmented in natural light, so to make it show up with the flash, I wet my angled brush with some Fix+ and applied Bonfire wet along the upper lashline.  Bit of mascara (Maybelline's One by One Volume Express in case you were wondering) and that was it.  To add some drama, I applied some Avon SuperShock gel liner in Black Shimmer along the waterline.  It's a simple and really quick look that is work friendly.


I started this next look by applying Cove all over the lid and into the crease.  Then I took Bonfire and applied it into the crease, the outer V and long the upper lashline.  Because this is a more matte shadow, get ready to blend a bit more than with shimmery eye shadows.  Quick coat of the same mascara and eye liner as above and you're good to go.

Top - no flash; Bottom - with flash
It was €13 from Boots in Liffey Valley which is great value considering you get 4 eye shadows and 2 cheek colours.  A wee palette like this is perfect if you're on the go, or if you're like me and like to have a lot of products with one in one's handbag and one's handbag tends to get very very heavy.

Have you tried any of the Stila palettes?  If so, what ones have you tried and recommend them to me, payday is next week and I might need to go say hi again before I go to Spain!
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes

The Body Shop are launching three new shimmer cubes this month and are going to be part of the permanent make up range.  Aren't they gorgeous?

Bunch of Violets (Left),  Blue Moon (Top),  Green Light (Bottom)
The shimmer is thanks to the high concentration of make up pearls, which catch the light when applied on the eyelid.  Applied dry, the shadows give a beautiful wash of subtle colour and applied wet (you know I love to do this), it gives a more intense finish.  I think Bunch of Violets is my favourite out of the newbies!

I haven't tried the new Shimmer Cubes out yet but I do have two of the older Shimmer Cubes in my collection, so thought I'd show them to you so you can see the type of finish you get with them.

Shimmer Cube 18 (Left)  Shimmer Cube 07 (Right)

Shimmer Cube 18 with swatches
Shimmer Cube 07 with swatches
These shadows are truly gorgeous.  Shimmer Cube 07 is my favourite of the two so I decided to play around with it a bit to show you how they apply.  Now, I messed around with the shadows in the container so I'm not 100% if I have the names right, but I'll give it a shot.  Top left is Dusted Silver, top right is Ruby, bottom left is Argyle Pink and bottom right is Rich Bronze (I think).


I applied Rich Bronze all over the lid for a wash of colour.  When this is applied dry, it's very subtle, so apply wet for a stronger colour.  I then applied Ruby in the outer V and along my upper lashline.  To make it stand out more, I applied it wet over the dry shadow and blended.  On the inner corner I applied Dusted Silver and slapped some mascara on leaving me with a shimmery wearable look for work.  If I was heading out after work, I'd layer on some eye liner and I'd be good to go.


The shimmer cubes are €24.50 and for that you get 4 x 4g of product.  It might sound expensive but I can't see me running out of them any time soon.  They apply like butter with hardly any fallout, are extremely blendable and basically a joy to work with.  Apart from Bunch of Violets, I have my eye on the Warm Shimmer Cube, it's gorgeous and would be very happy in my stash along with these two cubes.

Has anyone tried any of the Shimmer Cubes from The Body Shop?  What ones do I need to try?
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Our Favourite Five posts of the week!

It's that time again where we list our Favourite Five posts of the week!

1. This post on beaut.ie had me in stitches and CherrySue is now famous in my workplace due to me telling the girls about her at lunch the other day.  Well funny.  Go and read now!

2. There's a new make up range coming to Tescos soon, called Vivo Cosmetics, from the people that make MUA cosmetics in Superdrug and The London Lipgloss has the exclusive scoop!

3. The Viva Adonis girls have persuaded me to invest in a Chanel nail polish after Sinead purchased Graphite and Peridot.  Think I want Peridot in my life now!  Absolutely gorgeous so it is.

4. The famous CherrySue, featured in favourite number 1 today showed off her gorgeous nail art in this post.  Now I want to do cherry blossoms Cherry Sue!

5. Joanne loves J's Everyday Fashion blog.  She creates outfits that are affordable and gorgeous & this outfit caught her eye and inspired her!

What were your favourite posts of the week ladies?  Share in the comments below!
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

OOTD - Tie-dye maxi!

Yesterday Will and I met some friends for dinner after work in Tribeca in Ranelagh (those of you who haven't eaten there should, its amazing!).  I wanted to wear something comfy, but I also wanted to wear something that would put me into my holiday mode, since there are 4 days left to go!  EEK!!!  I ended up getting the maxi dress from this post shortened so I thought it was the perfect time to wear it! 



It's such a comfy dress to wear and I think I could wear it all year round.  My mission is to now look for a chunky knit cardi to wear over it. 



Sandals were €20 from Spain.  The bag is Nica from TK Max for €35.  I saw it in Debenhams around the same time for over €60 - *love* TK Maxx for their bargains!  Jewellery is the jewellery I wear every day.

Thanks for reading
Joanne
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Green Angel Seaweed Hand Cream

A couple of months ago, I was given the Green Angel Seaweed Hand Cream (rrp €19.95) as a thank you present from a friend.  And now I get to say thank you back to her because it is lush, so thanks Alma!


Green Angel is an Irish brand that use seaweed and essential oils to create luxurious natural hair care skin care products.  I've heard about seaweed being used because of it's therapeutic benefits but had never tried anything containing it, until now.  Here be the rest of the ingredients of the hand cream in case you want to go all Blue Peter and make your own, although it might be better to visit the showroom instead to see how it's made.


Let's talk about the packaging.  It comes in a glass jar, so not very practical for clumsy yokes like me, but it sits safely on my bedside table, ready for action at a moment's notice.  The Green Angel website quotes a price of €19.95 for 50 mls.


The cream itself is lovely and thick and the first thing I smell is the lavender when I open the pot.  As I rub it into my hands, the essential oils are released and it smells absolutely divine.  As you know, I cannot describe scents to save my life but the first time I had a whiff of the hand cream, I thought it smelled a bit like Sudocrem, so that might give you a better reference than anything I can describe!

It sinks into the skin beautifully leaving not a smidge of a greasy feeling.  That is my pet hate about hand creams, I can't do ones that leave my hands slippy and gross.  This is the business though.  I work in a hospital and we have to wash our hands a lot and use the alcohol gel all the time, so my poor hands are always really dry.  I like to keep a hand cream on my desk to keep my hands in decent shape.  Thing is, this is the most luxurious hand cream in my stash, so I don't want to bring it to work and risk dropping it/people digging their fingers in to it (someone actually dug their finger into a pot of my lip balm once when I was away from my desk, nearly vommed and immediately threw it in the bin) so I don't want that happening.  So this pot of heaven has it's place on my bedside table and is a treat to use every night.

You can check out their website or local pharmacies to learn more about their products.  But right now ladies,  in the words of Robbie Williams, I'm loving Green Angels instead!
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Skincare Collection

There's nothing better than sitting down and talking to someone who is so passionate about what they do. On Tuesday I had the opportunity to have the chats with Emma Hardie, facialist and skin care expert, to talk about her skin care range which is coming to Ireland, Arnotts to be exact. She, Clare and Amanda talked me through the products available and I left smelling gorgeous with soft hands and arms from trying everything out.

The first question they asked me was what I knew about the range and I gave my honest answer which was that up until last week, I'd never heard of Emma or her skincare range. So I Googled and Youtubed and learned more about her and the products and couldn't wait to meet her. Emma's focus and aim is to teach women how to achieve toned, rejuvenated, smooth, vibrant looking skin using her products and facial massage. Now, when I was doing my research, I came across videos of Emma explaining facial massage and how it benefits the skin and muscles of the face, even helping to sculpt the face. So what have I been doing since then? Massaging my moisturiser into my skin in lines rather than circles. I mean, come on lads, her skin was gorgeous and I want me some of that thanks.  


A good place to start is with the Professional Cleansing System (€49.99).  This contains a Dual Action Cloth, a 100 ml pot of the Moringa Cleansing Balm and a pot of infused Rosehip Exfoliating seeds.

I was excited to hear more about the Moringa balm, a gorgeous smelling pot of gold that can be used dry or wet.  When used dry it can be buffed into the skin to tighten and brighten and when used wet, it emulsifies into a creamy cleanser.  It can be used as a mask, as a lip balm and to soften the cuticles.  
Moringa Cleansing Balm
Rosehip exfoliating seeds infused with essential oils can be added to the balm to make an exfoliating cleanser or if your skin is a bit more sensitive, it can be left on the skin as a mask.  
Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds
The Moringa balm can be used with one of the Dual Action Cleansing Cloths which has a muslin cloth on one side and a micro fibre side.  I'm looking forward to giving the micro fibre side a go and it can be used dry with no product to polish the skin.

The range includes an AM/PM Professional Moisturising Cream (€43.00) which has the benefits of a serum and moisturiser in one and smells amazing (I know this isn't a review post but I've been using it since Tuesday and I am in The Love already).

The Moringa Foaming Cleansing Wash (€39.99) is packed full of essential oils, naturally derived foaming agents and enzymes which gently exfoliate the skin leaving clear bright skin.  I mean, come on, I'm gonna be glowing using all this stuff.  I literally will light up a room when I walk in, will save on electricity bills big time!


There is a definite theme with the products and Emma said that they were all about "microderm exfoliation rather than microderm abrasion".  Be nice and respect your skin is the motto!  I will be reporting back on how I'm getting on with these products so keep an eye out for them. 

When the collection is launched on September 5th, I'll be treating myself to the Rejuvenating Night Cream (€64.99) which is a really concentrated cream and improves skin's texture (one of my major skin  issues), hydrates and firms.  This is right up my street as I am getting on in years *ahem*.  

Right now the cheapest thing in the collection is €11.99 and for that you get three of the Dual Action Cloths and coming soon will be a tinted lip balm which will be €16.  I'm excited at the body scrub that will be coming in October, it'll be another multi purpose product in that it's a scrub, when you add water to it, it'll become a milky body wash.  Love me some dual function products so I do.
The only thing that makes me nervous is that Emma said these products will reduce the need for wearing foundation.  Ladies, no word of a lie, what'll I do with the 11 bottles of foundation in my collection?!  But on the flip side, will I become one of those smug amazing-skinned people who will be able to slap on some tinted moisturiser and say things like "oh this? I'm just wearing tinted moisturiser, mascara and lipgloss, sucks to be you with all that on your face" and go on my merry way?

When describing the products, Emma and the girls spoke about how the scents make  you feel like you're in a spa and you get to give yourself a  facial every day.  I didn't have the heart (or nerve) to tell them that not only have I never been in a spa, but I have never had a facial.  They probably would have had a stroke if I'd told them that, so in the interest of health and safety, I kept my mouth shut.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

OOTWD (Outfit of the work day)

I'm not a girl who prepares their work outfits the night before, or a week's worth of outfits on a Sunday, wish I was, but this is what I came up with at 6.45am this morning whilst waking up in between snoozing my alarm :)


Didn't do too bad!  The cardigan is from Wallis which I got a few weeks ago.  Was €42 reduced to €20.  I love the button detail on the arms.

Under the cardi is just a plain white t-shirt from Old Navy I got years ago.  The necklace is from Forever21 and was €8.90. 

It goes perfectly with the cardi and gives the whole outfit a bit of colour.  Bracelet I got in a small jewellery shop in Lanzarote about 6 or 7 years ago.


It cost little or nothing but I love how dainty it is and all the different colours.  The trousers were part of a suit I got in Debenhams and ankle boots are from Steve Madden which are about 4 years old

Thanks for reading,
Joanne
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

NOTD - HRH from butter LONDON

Just call me Your Royal Highness ladies.  I'm wearing HRH (Her Royal Highness dontcha know) on my nails today from butter LONDON.  This is is proper royal purple, crown jewels purple, doing the royal wave with my purple nails purple.  It has a metallic sheen that catches the light beautifully.  While driving into town after work today, I will fully admit, I drove with both hands on the steering wheel, fingers straight, so I could admire these nails in the sunlight.  When finally getting around to taking these photos, the sunlight had gone, so flash photography shows the beauty of it best.


You can see the tiny bits of micro glitter running through it, truly gorgeous.

With flash and without flash
I got it in TK Maxx a few weeks ago where they had 3 butter LONDON polishes for €16.99.  Bargaintastic indeed.  This one spoke to me, as nail polishes do.  There is wear on the tips already but I type for nearly 10 hours a day and that's not including typing at home, so I don't mind it wearing away a bit.  I used two coats to get it fully opaque.


This polish may not make one feel like a queen or a princess, but it will make one look at one's nails in admiration of what is a truly beautiful polish.

Ps - For some reason, last year at work I started waving to people at work with a "royal" wave, soon after we all did it.  Now I know it was in preparation for my Royal Nails!

Do we like?  What other butter LONDON polishes should I check out ladies?
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