Monday, April 30, 2012

Maybelline Super Stay 10H Tint Gloss - Forever Fuchsia review, photos and swatches!

Things that make you go

New from Maybelline is their Super Stay 10 hour Tint Glosses available in five shades; Endless Ruby, Lasting Pink, Forever Coral, Forever Fuchsia and Timeless Plum.  I was sent a couple to play with and had to show you my favourite first, Forever Fuchsia.  The Super Stay 10H Tint Glosses aim to be the pharmacy alternative to the Glossy Stains from YSL at a fraction of the price.

I've only ever tried the lip stains that come with the felt tip marker applicator and while they were ok, you had to apply some kind of lip balm over the top to keep your lips moisturised, otherwise you'd have a cakey dry mess all over your lips and that's not a good look for anyone.  The Super Stay 10H Tint Glosses come with a doe foot applicator that has allows for precise application, even at the edges of your lips.  The formula goes on easily and evenly, leaving a gorgeous glossy finish over the top of you lips.  If you smush your lips together, you can feel the formula moving as opposed to just dry lips that happens with liquid lip stains.  I like to feel the product on my lips.  I'm mad like that.

Behold are the lip swatches.  Forever Fuchsia is bright pink shade that screams "Hello summer"!

It's delightfully pigmented, leaves my lips feeling moisturised and stays on for about four hours, so definitely shy of the ten hour claim.  But I think with lip stains, one of two things happen.  Either they don't last as long as they claim, or they dry your lips out something fierce.  This doesn't dry out my lips at all, rather fading evenly instead to a matte finish.  It does cling to any dry patches you may have, so give your lips an aul scrub before applying it.

All in all, I love Forever Fuchsia.  I'll be showing you another shade shortly and have my eye on Forever Coral because I love me some coral lips so I do.  These will set you back €11.49 and are available from Boots, Superdrug and pharmacies nationwide.

Have you tried any of these Super Stay 10H Tint Glosses?

Friday, April 27, 2012

My magic wand! (It's actually my BaByliss curling wand)

For years now I've wondered how people found the time to curl their hair in the morning.  I mean, I roll out of bed at the last moment and don't have time to spend ages curling my hair with my tongs.  I've two sets of tongs that I never use; one of which promised to give me big bouncy curls and waves.  It lied.  So, as punishment, it has stayed in The Drawer Of Things Long Forgotten.

Over the past year or so, I've seen many YouTube tutorials showing how to use curling wands and I always thought "Yeah, that looks nice" and promptly forgot all about them.  The most I do styling wise with my hair is with the BaByliss Big Hair Styler and I've managed to convince many pals to pick it up it's that good.  Seriously.  Click here to read about it.

Last weekend Joanne asked me to try curling her hair for a night out tonight.  I knew my tongs wouldn't cut it especially with her hair being so thick and long, so I went to Boots and picked this bad boy up for a reasonable €32.99.  I figured I'll stick with BaByliss since they haven't let me down yet.  I am obsessed with it.  I mean, I doubt you'll ever see me with uncurled hair again!

It comes with a heat resistant glove so you don't burn the hands off yourself.  Ain't nobody going to be looking at your curly hair if you've big welts all over your hands.  There's a little stand underneath the wand in the middle to prop it up and it has an on/off button and two little buttons to increase or decrease the heat settings.  There are four heat settings and I've been using the third highest one on my hair.  As it's heating up, there's a little LED light that flashes and you'll know it has reached the chosen temperature when it stops flashing.

I've been using my John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Deep Infusion every day since getting it and even more so now that I've been using my wand.

So what I do is wash my hair as usual and apply the Deep Infusion serum onto my wet hair.  I blow dry my hair upside down as always and then get curling.  I split my hair into two halves and start at the front.  I like to curl away from my face as you can see in the photos below.  Trying very hard at all times not to burn the arm off myself, I twist the section of hair around the wand and before you can say Wingardium Leviosa, I have a natural wavy curl!  I leave each section of hair wrapped around the wand for about 20 seconds or so.

If you want a uniform, wavy look, then start each curl off in the same direction.  See in the photo above, the wand is behind the hair at the start of the curl and in the photo below, I continue that with each section.

You'll be left with something like this below on the left.  When I'm finished curling all my hair with the wand, I do a bit of Riverdance with my feis curls and then get styling.  I run my fingers through the curls to separate them a bit like so, below on the right.  I like to apply some Orofluido hair oil lightly through the curls to define them a bit, no touchy touchy the roots ladies or you'll be a grease monkey before you can say Aveda Kadavera with your magic curling wand.  I spray a bit of hairspray and I'm good to go!

My pals at work have been so complimentary about my curly hair, telling me I look beyoootiful with it (no pressure lads, now I know what they'll be thinking the days I don't curl my mane!)  I've been told that it really suits me and I will fully admit that I LOVE IT!!  I was going to get a good bit chopped off my hair the next time I get it cut, but not now.  And this leads me to my next point that could be wrong but someone else said it to me too and it was that my hair looks longer when it's curly!  It makes my roots look less bad, my highlights a bit more highlighty and I just love my hair curly.  Anything that doesn't involve me having to get another perm is always good (for the record, I was 15 when I got my perm, ah the eighties).

Now, remember at the start of this post I mentioned that Joanne wanted it for her night out tonight?  Yeah, that isn't happening.  I am also heading out tonight and am totally robbing it.  Let's be honest, I need the hair help way more than she does, am I correct?  But just to be nice, the other night I curled her hair and this is how it turned out.  Get ready to hate her more and her gorgeous long hair...

We didn't put any product in her locks and this only took 15 minutes to do which is unheard of when it comes to doing anything with her mane.  

I've been so giddy all week trying to get organised with this post.  This is one of my favourite things about blogging; finding something I fall in The Love with and can't wait to tell you all!  

Are you a fan of the magical curling wand?  Are there any products out there you'd recommend for using with it?


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs - get your legs out!

It's allegedly Spring time right now although I'm not convinced.  This is Ireland and we are professionals at showing our skin at the first sign of sun.  I mean, hands up, who was out in their t-shirts and shorts back in March for that summery week?  Yep, I knew it.  Ah, good times.  I hope you enjoyed it because that was our summer.

But fear not, we can still get our blue legs out thanks to Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, a product that most ladies of Ireland will know about.  Except the folks at Sally Hansen have listened to us and taken out the glitter, so we can have natural matte legs ready at a moment's notice!

It still comes in the usual three shades, Light Glow, Medium Glow and Deep Glow but now it's water resistant which is perfect for Ireland since we have a huge amount of water falling from the sky at all times.  Not to mention drinks that are invariably spilled all over yourself on nights out... Or is that just me?  (Group hugs with drinky poos are never going to end well, eh CherrySue, ahem)

Anyway, since wedding season is fast approaching and nobody wants to have to wear thick flesh coloured tights (a la Mrs Doyle) to hide any blemishes on your legs, Sally Hansen Airbrush legs is here to save the day, or your legs in this case.

I was sent the three shades to show you and I was delighted because earlier this year, I spent about three weeks trying to convince my mam that she needed to use my Light Glow Airbrush Legs to wear to a wedding.  She was wearing peep toe shoes and I couldn't let her wear tights when you can see the toe, it's a big no no for me.  It just makes me think of the mad nuns we were taught in school by, tights and sandals all the way.  Needless to say, she fell in love with it and was telling all her friends about it and I never saw it again...

Now, let me explain a bit.  I would show you these in action on my legs but I'm growing my leg hair like a hairy monkey in preparation to get it all whipped off me, today actually, in a new salon, more on that soon.  So in the interest of wanting to keep you reading my blog and not vomit all over your keyboard, I'm showing you the colours on my hairless inner arm.

No tan (left)

First up is Light Glow and probably the safest colour for us blue tinged ladies.  This is just one layer applied directly onto my arm and rubbed in with my hands.  If I was using this on my legs, I'd use a tanning glove to rub it in properly.  As you can see, it's natural, not shiny and it went on evenly.  I frightened the life out of myself by spraying too much on my arm but it left a nice sheer finish that didn't make me look like I had mannequin arms.

No tan (middle)
After spraying too much of Light Glow, I was a bit more careful with Medium Glow and sprayed it lightly.  You can see on the left that it's quite a bit more orange in colour but once blended, gives a nice, well, medium glow!

No tan (middle)
Finally we have Deep Glow, the one I was most afraid of.  I actually said "Oh holy Jesus" when I sprayed it first on my arm, I mean, look at it!  But once again, a bit of blending did the job and although it looks pale on the photo on the right, in real life it's a bit darker and will be absolutely perfect in the summer when I want a darker colour on my legs.

These are €13.95 and are available from pharmacies nationwide.

So go on, talk to Joe, are you a Sally Hansen Airbrush Leg fan or are you rocking the blue leg look this season?


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

NOTD: Greige Gardens by Sally Hansen

Today's Nail of the Day comes courtesy of Sally Hansen.  As you know, I'm no stranger to the Complete Salon Manicure range from the lovely Sally of the Hansens.  Greige Gardens and Nude Now (ooh that's an order!) are two new shades for Spring and I will say that I immediately fell in The Love with Greige Gardens.  

The photos don't do this polish justice and no matter now much I tried to get it to smile with it's eyes, the true colour didn't show up properly.  On camera it looks really proper dark stoney grey but in person, it has a beautiful purple tone to it, almost lilac in certain light.

Three coats does the job, leaving me with a sophisticated, work friendly (that doesn't really apply to me, just wait until they see what I have planned soon) manicure that is understated and just plain beautiful.  €8.95 is the damage for a bottle and thanks to the wide brush that really does make application a doddle, they're a great investment.  I know in the photos I've messed up a bit with the polish on the cuticles, but I didn't need to clean up afterwards, that's how brilliant the brush is.

When I wear shades like this, I can't help feeling like Laura aka Lollipop26 aka Buy Now Blog Later.  She started me on the whole neutral nail polish thing years ago with the release of Metro Chic from OPI.  I love her and will continue to channel her when I'm wearing Greige Gardens!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is available from Tescos and selected pharmacies nationwide.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A pinch me moment...

Last year was a brilliant one in terms of the blog growing and changing.  One of the highlights was doing something I never ever thought I'd get the chance to do.  Let me set the scene.

Last summer I saw a tweet from Arnotts saying that Origins were looking for people to test out their latest eye cream, Plantscription.  Being a huge Origins fan, I sent in the required picture of my wrinkles (laugh lines ahem) and within an hour, they emailed me back saying I'd been chosen.  Day was made and it was the first of many.

I went along to Arnotts with pains in my stomach due to the fact that I was about to meet The People From Origins Oh I Hope They Like Me.  There aren't many events that make me nervous but this was one of them.  Lads, the team couldn't have been nicer and after talking us through the product, gave The Chosen Ones video cameras to record our thoughts over the month or so.  I went home that night and took photos of my eyes so I could see if there would be any differences.  Click here to read my review of the Plantscription eye cream.

Cut to me on holidays in Spain last September with minimal internet access.  I had Joanne checking my email every day and she was told to contact me if there was anything mucho exciting.  She had contacted me in the first week of the holiday with news of my first ever interview for U Magazine!  The second week, she rang me not able to breathe with the laughter and as she read the email from Origins, I was doubled over with the laughter on the Spanish beach.  The lovely folks at Origins wanted me and three other girls to take part in a photoshoot as part of a testamonial for the Plantscription eye treatment!  Me?!  A photoshoot?!  STATE OF ME!  Pulling faces on nights out and taking photos of my eyeballs is about the extent of my photography experience!  I immediately dictated an email over the phone for Joanne to send for the absolute craic.

So I went along to Mark O'Sullivan's studio with more pains in my stomach.  I'd studied up on a few episodes of America's Next Top Model and practiced how to smize so I was ready.  As soon as I arrived and I kid you not and I'm not even exaggerating (although I do like to do that), I started to develop a massive case of the flop sweats.  I looked like this fella... It was about to happen... An actual photoshoot... In the presence of The Origins People Who Seem To Like Me And I Love Them...  I had to sit beside the window and fan myself so I wouldn't drown in my own sweat.  Course this would happen to moi.

I got the hair and makeup done and was delighted with what the girls did with me.  We all had such a laugh at the photoshoot and none of us took ourselves seriously so we had an absolute ball feeling ridiculous.  And I will tell you, it is bloody hard to think of poses, I don't know how those Top Models do it but we gave it our all.  This was back at the end of September and I'd forgotten all about it until a couple of weeks ago... Another email from Origins saying our photos were going to be displayed on the Origins counter in Arnotts with a little quote from our testamonial!  We're going to be in the Arnotts newsletter, on the Arnotts website, and on the Origins Facebook page I think.  Andddd, there's going to be a night where Arnotts customers are invited to come in and talk to the four of us.  Scarlet for me!  I'm sure there'll be more stomach pains on the way into that, just as long as I don't start to sweat again...

Look!  It's me!  Joanne had to go in to investigate the photo.  I feel that I need to be showered, hair coiffed and wearing a lovely outfit to go visit myself.  If I was wearing my usual ensemble into town and the ladies at the counter caught sight of me, I can guarantee there'd be no way they'd believe that was me.  The photos weren't Photoshopped at all which I was really happy about.  They wanted real women who had actually used the products themselves.

Let me know if anyone goes in to visit my face in Arnotts!  I'll be there for the next few weeks anyway in cardboard form.  I need to go say hi to me too, with a glass of champagne maybe?  Like when Carrie Bradshaw waited to see herself on the side of a bus?  Except nobody better draw on my face!

I just wanted to say thanks so much to the Origins Folks Who Have Made My Year Already Even Though It's Only April for giving me the chance to work with them and be a part of something so exciting!  

What's your favourite Origins product?  I want to try something new, so get suggesting in the comments and I'll see what tickles my pickle!

Monday, April 23, 2012

L'oreal Caresse Lipstick - Tempting Lilac review, swatches and photos

Yes I know, another lip product, I don't need them but in my defence, I can say with all honesty, that I don't own anything like this in my collection!  I don't have any lip products that are lilac or purple (oh wait, I remembered just this second I have an Avon purple lipstick, but it's soooo different to this one...) and since I loved Dating Coral so much, I had to pick it up.

Tempting Lilac is one of the Caresse Lipsticks from L'oreal that just kind of crept into the beauty world and have kicked Revon Lip Butters' ass from everything I've read!  I would normally shy away from anything with lilac in the name just because I'm not a granny but when I swatched this, I knew it would have to be mine.  

It's a pinky purpley lilacy colour that reads more pink on my lips.  Like Dating Coral, it's a creamy, pigmented lipstick that feels like a lipstick/lip butter hybrid and feels gorgeous on my lips.  It leaves them feeling moisturised, looking glossy and is one of those colours that you don't have to apply with a mirror which is always handy when on the go.  It doesn't last too long on the lips, you'd be lucky to get a couple of hours out of it but it's a pretty colour for spring and I don't mind reapplying it every so often.

It was €9.95 in Superdrug but I've seen it closer to €13 in Boots, so shop around ladies.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals

One of the best things I ever did was to give up using make up wipes last year.  My skin was in bits and to be honest, I was just being lazy using them every day, even on my eyes.  Since then I've been trying various cleansers and eye make up removers.  Last month I went to the launch of the new Nuxe Cleansing Range with Rose Petals and was given the range to play with.  Every product contains floral water extract of Damascus Rose petals and I'll be telling you about them all soon but felt that this product deserved it's own post.

The Micellar Cleansing Water is one of my favourite discoveries of the year so far.  Designed for use on the face, eyes and lips, it's a one stop shop for cleansing your skin and removing your make up.  I've never used a micellar cleanser before and did a bit of research to see what makes them different to other cleansers.  Basically, where cream cleansers wipe away the dirt and make up from your face and you need to use toner after them to make sure it's all removed, micellar cleansers' formula causes them to actually remove anything that isn't water form your face immediately, kind of like a hoover.  So there's no need for rinsing, toning or any extra steps.  You're ready to moisturise and go!

After the fabulous launch, I went back to the office and had another event right after work (the life of a busy blogger ahem).  Rather than apply more make up on top of the old stuff, which is what I'd usually do and then bemoan the state of my face in the mirror, less than two hours of the micellar cleanser being in my possession, I used it to remove my make up, eyes and all.  No stinging, no tightness afterwards.  No need to double cleanse.  Just cotton wool and the cleanser is all you need.

That's what makes it so perfect for bringing away on holidays or keeping in your make up bag if you want to travel light.  There's no need for eye make up remover or toner.  Decant some into one of those plastic bottles to save even more space.  I'll be bringing this away with me on holidays in my aim to travel lightly!

The Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water is suitable for sensitive skinned ladies and I love using it.  A 200ml bottle is a very reasonable €14.90 and it's something I will purchase myself.

So talk to me, have you used micellar cleansers before?  Am I totally behind the times in finding out about them?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Image Beauty Awards 2012

One of my favourite things to do is read the Beauty Awards in magazines and then go though my stash to see what ones I have, smug in the knowledge that I have award winning products in my home and on my face!  However, Beauty Awards have their down side too.... This is the part that they don't tell you about... And a beauty junkie will agree with me here...  Beauty Awards make you want to try all of the products.  Within half an hour, your wishlist will have doubled or tripled.  Bye bye money.

On stands today is the latest issue of Image magazine, complete with the Image Beauty Awards 2012.  I read the list of winners yesterday and devoured each category whilst mentally flicking through my stash thinking "Yep, I agree, ooh, must try that".  Here are the products that I've tried over the past year that have made it onto the list!

Best Eyeliner - Maybelline Gel Eyeliner.  Read my review of this amazing product here.  It's one of the best gel eyeliners I've ever tried and made all the better that you can get it in the chemist!

Best Eye Pencils - Avon SuperShock Gel Eyeliners.  There would have been something seriously wrong if they didn't win this category!  The love is huge everywhere for these seriously gorgeous eyeliners and you can see how I used one in the shade Blackberry here.  I'm sure you're probably sick of me going on about them, but they're just too good.  If you try them yourself, you'll agree, guaranteed!

Best Eyeshadows - Chanel Illusion D'Ombre.  I fell in love with Epatant last year and had to make it mine.  Have a look and see for yourself, I have swatches galore.

Best Lip Balm - Smith's Rosebud Salve.  One of my all time favourite lip balms, I'm rarely without mine and keep one on my desk at work.  One of the girls at work comes into my office for chats and to use the lip balm, that's how good it is.  I offered to give it to her and she said "Eh no, I'd have no reason to come in here then."  Fact.

Best Blushers - NYC Blushable Creme Stick.  For a mere €3.50, this is a brilliantly priced product that punches way above it's price.  In The Love with these and you need to try them.  Do it.  And read about them here.

Best Cleanser - Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing System.  Oh ladies.  The Moringa Balm and Rosehip Seeds are just amazing.  I have been rationing the last dregs of my Moringa Balm for the past couple of weeks and will be buying more.  Emma launched her 200ml pot of Moringa Balm in the UK recently and hopefully she'll bring it to us here in Ireland soon!

Best Nail Polish Range - Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.  Another no brainer.  I love the Sally Hansen polishes.  A bit too much probably.  But come on, look at the colours, they're so pretty!  I can't help it and I've stopped trying to fight the love..

Best Healing Product - Cicaplast Baume B5.  I wrote about this yesterday and how it helped me with my near death* experience.  €12.50 well spent if you ask me.  *Not actual near death, just attack by thorny plant.

Best Shampoo & Conditioner - Ojon Damage Reverse Shampoo & Conditioner.  A little goes a long way with these products and they made my hair look beautiful and healthy.

I now have a list as long as my arm of products I want to try! 

Check out Image Magazine for the rest of the winners and to be in with a chance of winning the entire list of Beauty Award winners!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

We love J's Everyday Fashion!

One of our favourite fashion blogs is J's Everyday Fashion; a blog that seeks to answer the question "what works in real life"?  It's written by the gorgeous J who lives in sunny Florida and makes us jealous with her bright and colourful wardrobe that makes us poor folk in Ireland yearn for summer time!

We love when she posts her outfit of the day alongside a photo that inspired her and it makes us believe we can do it too!  She shows us how to repurpose clothes already in your wardrobe and tells us how to pack for travelling, something we all struggle with.  Since blazers are all the rage at the moment, she tells us how to wear a black blazer 10 ways.  I think our favourite thing we've learned from the blog is that you don't have to buy lots of expensive pieces to look stylish, you just have to use your imagination and get inside your wardrobe.  We've been dying to ask her a few questions and introduce the ladies of Ireland to the lovely J!

What made you start blogging?
Although blogs are written by "everyday" people, I couldn't find a single fashion blogger I could relate to.  I started my blog to prove that someone can be fashionable on a small budget and that style can be learned.  I continue blogging because I love helping women, and I think we need more resources pertaining to "real" style, where woman can get help with their fashion questions!

How would you describe your style?
I'm in my 20s so I like to dabble in a bit of everything.  I'm colorful and adventurous, boho at times, and preppy at others!

What's your favourite outfit you've ever worn on the blog?
Don't make me choose just one!  It's really impossible to choose, but this one is definitely high on my list!

We love that you give yourself a monthly budget for buying clothes and stick to it.  What's the most expensive item you've ever bought?
I spent $200 on a black bustier dress a few years ago that is still my absolute favourite.  It will never go out of style and as long as I can fit into it, it will be my go-to for weddings and dressy occasions.  My other big purchases are definitely purses.  I like to invest in real leather so I have several that cost between $120-$250.

What five things should every girl have in her wardrobe?
I think this list is different depending on what you do for work and the climate where you live, but every woman should own a pair of jeans that make her feel amazing and a great dress like the one above to have in a pinch for a date or a night out.

What has been your biggest fashion disaster?
There are too many to count!  I really think making fashion "mistakes" is half the fun though.  You can learn from them and they help you define and refine your personal style.  So don't be afraid to try anything new!

What are you looking forward to wearing this spring and summer?
Color!! I can't wait to do more color-blocking.  My favourite colors at the moment are mint, mustard and any shade of pink.

Being a beauty blog, we want to know all about your beauty regime, so spill the beans!
I have a very simple beauty regime.  I've been doing pretty much the same thing since 8th grade and it takes me less than 5 minutes every day.  Right now almost everything I use is Cover Girl, Loreal and Neutrogena.

If you could give one piece of advice about style, what would it be?
Don't be afraid to try something new!  And spend some quality time in your closet looking at what you already own in a new way.  You probably have more outfits in there than you think!

J has made it to the top 2 in the Lauren Conrad blogging contest and we're really hoping she wins, we're not biased or anything!  Click here to visit her Facebook page that is full to the brim of photos that'll make you want to dive into your wardrobe and start making new outfits with what you already have, what more could you ask for?!

Thanks so much J for answering our questions and keep on inspiring us here at Lovely Girlie Bits!

Cicaplast Baume B5 - everyone should have this at home

Recently, I went to the launch of the new Cicaplast Baume B5 from French brand La Roche-Posay and working in a Dermatology unit had me intrigued and also actually able to understand the sciencey bits behind it all!

Marketed as something every household should have and also handy for the handbag, I wondered how I was going to be able to test this out, since my skin is in pretty good shape at the moment.  Cut to me going gung ho in the back garden with the shears a couple of weeks ago, chopping literally everything back in the attempt to gain some kind of control over what's growing in the jungle out there.  I know nothing about plants; I've managed to keep a basil plant alive for the past three weeks so maybe I'm being tough on myself.  What I do know is that my poor hands and arms were scraped to bits from thorns and other planty things that I hate having anything to do with.  Can I just hire a gardener or someone who will work for free skincare and make up?  Here is a mini collage of some of the damage caused by bloody nature....

My hands and arms were so itchy where I'd been attacked by the thorny planty thing.  No word of a lie, at the first scrape, my immediate thought was "Ooh, now I can try out my Cicaplast" and carried on chopping and shearing, allowing myself to get scraped just so I could test it out.  

As soon as I applied the Cicaplast, the itching went away immediately.  Relief at last from my terrible ordeal.  Sorted.  I kept applying it in the days after and my war wounds healed quickly.  It's a light cream that absorbs easily into the skin with no greasy layer left and that was one of the main points that Selene Daly, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sligo General Hospital, spoke about.  Compliancy with moisturising is a big issue in patients with psoriasis and eczema.  A lot of recommended products like Silcock's Base and Aqueous Cream are really greasy and patients aren't likely to use them routinely, especially if they're supposed to moisturise a couple of times a day.  Nobody wants to put clothes on over greasy skin and go to work.  And this is where Cicaplast Baume B5 comes in.  Lightweight, soothing, fragrance free, paraben free, lanolin free and antibacterial, it can be used to treat ailments including sunburn, nappy rash, itching, dry patches and one of my main uses for it has been for my chapped lips.  I put some into a little tub and leave it beside my bed, lashing it on before I hit the sack and when I wake up, bing, I have smooth, repaired lips!  

For €12.50, you get a big 100ml tube and it'll last you ages.  You can tackle the garden safe in the knowledge that it'll help your recovery from plant attacks.

Cicaplast Baume B5 is available in pharmacies now.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dramatic eyes with just five products!

Last weekend I was inspired to play with my make up and you know me, I like to pile on the eyeshadow, especially at the weekend!  I figure, I play it safe during the week with my neutrals and I love to push the limits outside of work and see just how close I can get to the drag queen look without going over the top!  I started the look with this mascara already on, not something I'd usually do, but I was a lean mean blogging machine over the weekend!  

I started off by applying a layer of Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr eye shadow in Immortal Charcoal as a base, applying it on the eyelid and just above the crease, taking a bit of it under the lower lashes.

From my Inglot palette, I picked shade #37 and applied it all over Immortal Charcoal using a flat eyeshadow brush.

Why did I apply a dark base first and then the eyeshadow?  This is why...

Look how pigmented the colour is over the Immortal Charcoal on the left.  I wanted mad colour, nothing subtle here!

Next I took my Avon SuperShock gel liner in black and applied it on the waterline and tightlined my upper lash line too.  This step alone really pulled the look together.  Going so dark with the eyeshadow, you need to bring it all together and I love me this eyeliner something fierce.

You know me, I had to keep piling the eyeshadow on and went back to my Inglot palette with an angled brush from Benefit and chose the matte black shade #63.  I applied it lightly along the upper lash line to define my eyes even more and that was it!

Here you have a dramatic eye make up look using only five products.  This is easy peasy and if I can do it, then so can you.  I love playing like a child in my make up stash!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Brown Sugar Charity Sunday

On Sunday May 13th, Brown Sugar Hair and Beauty are opening their doors for a charity day in aid of St. Francis Hospice Raheny.  Almost a year ago, Brown Sugar lost one of their team, Eugene O'Reilly to cancer and they're hoping to raise €10,000 for this worthy cause.

This is an organisation that's close to our hearts too.  We lost our dad to cancer in 2009 and the staff at St. Francis Hospice were amazing in his final weeks, supporting both him and us.  When we first heard about this charity day, we knew we'd be taking part in it no matter what.

As you may know, Brown Sugar is our favourite hair salon ever.  It's the only place Joanne and I go to get it snipped and Christian Shannon is our hair guru.  The man can do no wrong.  Joanne went to get her hair cut on Saturday and when she told him she wanted lots off, he said no way Jose, the length was perfect and he just gave her the most gorgeous layers and added shape to the front.

Don't you hate her for having gorgeous hair with no bloody split ends?!  Anyway, Joanne and I have booked ourselves in for a wash and blow dry first thing on Sunday the 13th and are delighted that it gives us an excuse to go to our favourite salon to get pampered and help this worthy cause.

Every cent will be donated to St. Francis Hospice and the staff are volunteering their time for the day.  They do hair, make up and even HD brows, so do something good and book yourself in that day.

Ring Brown Sugar Hair and Beauty, 50 South William Street, Dublin 2 at (01) 6169967 to make your appointment and we might see you there!

Avon SuperExtend Extreme Mascara

Avon's SuperExtend Extreme Mascara is the latest offering from the brand that brought us SuperShock gel liner in Blackberry, one of my favourite products of the year so far and one that I'll be stocking up on too before it's gone!  Jackie Tyson was in Dublin last month toe launch of the ProNailwear whatever it's called, along with the SuperExtend Extreme Mascara.  She had it on and I had to remark on the length of her lashes, they were so long!

"With energy-charged magnetic fibres, the ultra lengthening formula is instantly attracted to lashes, leaving them looking up to 87% longer".  I like long lashes as much as the next girl, so I was interested to see how this worked, considering I've never tried a fibre mascara before.  

The wand itself is not like any other one I've used and I wasn't sure if I was boggle eyed or not when trying to see if it was round or not.  It was not.  You can see (hopefully) from the photo below that on two sides, the bristles are much shorter, leaving two flatter sides and two longer bristled sides.

The first time I used SuperExtend Extreme Mascara, I got it everywhere, all on my eyelid and under my lower lashes.  I didn't know what was happening with the brush but now I'm used to it!  I also thought the formula was really wet and thin the first five or six times I used it, making my lashes clump together and forcing me to comb through them with my lash comb.

Thankfully, the formula has dried out a bit and is now one I can work with properly!  I like to use the flat side of the wand to push the lashes up, giving them a curl and then I use the sides with the longer bristles to apply the mascara to the lashes, combing them through.  Here are the side by side photos first.

Each photo in the post shows one coat of the mascara.  It gives incredible length, especially at the outer edges and some volume.  But it's being billed as a lengthening mascara and it does just that.  As I mentioned above, it initially clumped my lashes together, but you can see in all of the photos here, there's not a clump to be seen and it gives a lovely curl to the lashes.

I've added this to my everyday mascaras because it gives a natural lash, perfect for work.  At night when I'm going out, I like a mascara that gives length and volume but for work, I like length.  I mean, if I had to pick between a mascara that offered just volume or just length, I'd choose length every time.  This stays put for the whole of my work day with no fall out under my eyes during the day.  My lashes still feel relatively soft when the mascara dries which is a must have for me.  It's a solid mascara that I'm really enjoying using and is it weird that I'm really intrigued as to what it looks like in navy?!

Avon SuperExtend Extreme Mascara comes in black, brown and navy and retails at €13 but is on offer in the current ebrochure for €6.50. You can find your local representative here.  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weleda Skin Food review

My skin has been going through the wars lately with random dry patches showing up on my face and the tops of my arms for some reason.  Nobody wants their foundation caking to dry, scaly patches, so I put Weleda Skin Food to the test.  I mean, if it's good enough for Adele and Victoria Beckham, it's good enough for me!

With ingredients including sunflower seed oil, extract of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and rosemary extract, it's described as a rescue remedy for lack-lustre and undernourished skin.  It has a strong herbal smell  and a really rich texture that made me initially think it might be too thick for my face, but that wasn't the case at all.  When I'm using it on my face, I apply a pea sized amount onto my fingers and rub my hands together, which warms the cream up and makes it easier to apply.  I press my hands against my face to apply the product rather than rubbing and that's worked perfectly for me.  Because of the thickness of the cream, I like to apply it at night so it has all that time to soak into the skin and by the time I wake up in the morning, my face is soft and smooth.  Result!  Nary a dry patch to be found.

For dry patches on my arms, I apply it like I would a regular cream but just on the patches, not all over my arm.  It's helped the dry areas clear up in no time and has been really effective on my elbows which have been known to grate cheese they're so dry!

A small tube (30ml) is €6.25 and a large tube (75ml) is a mere €11.25.  I'll be bringing my tube away with me to Spain in a couple of weeks as my skin always goes haywire after being on a plane and will have to fight Joanne for the tube when she goes away too!

Weleda Skin Food is available from Nourish Health and Beauty Stores, selected independent Health Stores and Pharmacies nationwide.

Have you tried Weleda Skin Food?
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