Thursday, March 28, 2013

April Wish List

Despite having bought some gorgeous products over in Spain, I still have a constant wishlist of products I want to try.  It's one of the perils that come with being a true beauty junkie!  Over the past few days I've assembled this month's wishlist and I'll be honest, I'll probably only get one or two things from the list and they'll probably be the more affordable products!

So let's get to it.

April Wish List

Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation €14.99 || Illamsaqua Gleam cream Aurora €21 || Benefit Ready Blush The Natural High €26 || Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara €33 || Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate €65 || Illamasqua Speckle Nail Varnish €18 || Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush €34 || Chanel Les Beiges €48

I blame all the bloggers out there for making me want to try all of these things.  A Twitter pal, @Lurganista, told me I needed to try the Gleam cream from Illamasqua and it's all I can think about now!  And I'm kind of raging I didn't pick one of the Chanel Les Beiges powders on my travels.  That blush from Bare Minerals is one that Temptalia gave full marks so that's a no brainer!  And I'll definitely be trying out the new Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation for sure as I'm a huge fan of their foundations.  

Now, I just need to win the lottery!  What's on your wish list?
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What I bought on my holidays!

It's common knowledge that holiday purchases don't count.  See this post if you don't believe me and check out all the comments that agree with and endorse this belief.  Ahem.  So yes, I did a bit of shopping on my holliers.

Now, I'm firmly in the depths of the post holiday blues but the long weekend is imminent and is the only thing keeping me going this week!  But fear not, it's not all sadness and yearning for the blue sky and sunshine, for I can look at these purchases and photos and forget that I've nothing booked holiday wise for a while, so they'll make me happy for the foreseeable future.

Last year at the launch of TheLoop.ie, I received a gift voucher that I tried to use before going to New York but ended up not being able to.  But this time I was ready and organised and bought a couple of things for me and a couple for mam, good child that I am.  I bought Rose Paris, a Rouge Volupte from YSL after researching swatches online and boy is it a beaut! 


I'll be showing it to you and the rest of the make up bits soon in more detail.  My second purchase was my very first Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral.  I love corals in all their forms and have been meaning to pick this one up for ages.


Then whilst in the airport picking up my purchases from The Loop, I decided to treat myself to a replacement Essence Eau De Musc from Narcisso Rodriguez.  It's one of my all time favourite scents after picking it up in Spain last year and I made the mistake of bringing it to work where everyone fell in love with it and we demolished the bottle in about two months. 


This one shall be staying in my boudoir.  

While perusing the Clarins counters, I saw that they had the new Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in stock.  Clarins had sent me the lightest shade that I showed you yesterday, but one swatch of shade 5, Candy Shimmer and I knew I had to have it.  More on that soon.


Now, despite being 15 minutes away from a Sephora, we didn't go into Alicante city and I was strangely ok with that.  Am I becoming more restrained in my old age?  Nah, I must be sick or something to not actively want to go to my special place...  Anyway, I did go to the local chemist for a mosey and picked up these two guys from L'Oreal. 


I've never seen the shade Seductive Beige (top) from the Rouge Caresse line here in Ireland and have been wanting to try the Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains for a while too.  I picked a warm coral shade, Bonnie and it's going to be lovely when the weather picks up.  It's going to pick up right?

I think I did pretty well all things considered don't you?  Now, all I need is a pool and some sunshine to have all of my photos look like these!
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Neutral lips from Clarins and Smashbox

As much as I'm getting into wearing colour on my lips, my heart lies with the neutrals.  I like to be able to slick on a layer of whatever nudie shade that takes my fancy sans mirror without the fear of looking like The Joker in Batman.  These three products have been in constant rotation since being given them by the brands.  I've a lipstick, a lipgloss and a lip perfector to show you.

L-R: Smashbox Charm Me lipgloss, Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Petal Shimmer, Smashbox Nylon Nude lipstic
I like having that "my lips but better" thing going on and since I like to pack the eye make up on, having natural lips works well for me.  

Clockwise from top left: Smashbox Charm Me lipgloss, Clarins Natural Lip Protector, Smashbox Nylon Nude lipstick & Charm Me lipgloss, Smashbox Nylon Nude lipstick
The Instant Light Natural Lip Protector in the shade Petal Shimmer from Clarins is one of the nicest lip products I've tried in ages!  So much so, I picked up another shade in the airport last week and I'll show you that soon.  Petal Shimmer is one of three new shades on all Clarins counters in April and it feels gorgeous on the lips, almost like a lip butter, except it's a gel.  It smells like vanilla and this shade gives an almost milky finish to the lips.  It's hydrating, nourishes, repairs and protects the lips, gives great shine and had to be hidden from the mother when we were in Spain after she tried it one night.  I can't recommend it enough but wait until you see the other shade I bought!  These are €17 and well worth it in my opinion.  Do I need the third shade?  Yes.  Yes I do.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Protector Petal Shimmer
Andreea from ArtDonatella loves her matte lipsticks and I don't know anyone else who can rock them like she can.  I think of her every time I see one and hope she'd be proud of me trying this offering from Smashbox.  Nylon Nude is one of the Be Legendary lipsticks that is actually a cream formulation but I found that if I applied it directly from the bullet back an forth a few times, I looked like a mannequin so I apply one layer and pat the colour into my lips to give a more natural finish.  This warm nude shade was used on me at the Smashbox counter a few weeks ago to create this look and it has just enough warmth in it to not give me corpse face.


I've mentioned the Love Me collection from Smashbox before and Adore Me, the pinky lipgloss is gorgeous for a wash of colour on the lips.  Charm Me (€17.50) is a sheer caramel shade gloss packed with shimmer that gives a grand bit of shine.  It's one of those glosses that isn't too sticky and looks pretty over a lipstick.


Speaking of which, one of my favourite combinations is to put Charm Me gloss over Nylon Nude for a peachy nudey lip that suits me perfectly.


What's your favourite neutral lip product?  Come on, we know I'm going to keep buying and trying so make them good!
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Win! 2 places at a Trish McEvoy masterclass at Harvey Nichols

As a special treat to followers, we have an exclusive offer available from Harvey Nichols!


Trish McEvoy Make Up Artists will host a make up masterclass on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 28th March in Harvey Nichols, showcasing new season colours and demonstrating top tips and expert tips to creating a flawless look. Redeemable booking fee of €50 is usually applicable to this event but we have two complimentary spaces available for this Wednesday. To enter, send us an email at competitions@lovelygirliebits.com with Trish McEvoy in the subject line.  And that's it folks!  

I'll pick the winner randomly tomorrow at 5pm and send the winner an email, so if you're free on Wednesday, get entering and good luck.  Let's make this short week even better!




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I'm baaaaack! The pit of my week and the peak of my week - week 12

So I'm back from a lovely week in Spain with Lovely Mammy Bits and let me tell you that the week flew!  I left the blog in the very capable hands of Orla, Laura and Yasmine who wrote some fantastic guest posts, so thank you ladies for taking the pressure off me for the week!  I didn't do any blogging and took the week off completely.

So the pit of my week, well, there are two really.  The first is having to leave sunny Spain and come back to the cold weather!  We got wifi installed in our place in Alicante so I was able to keep up to date on Twitter where everyone in my timeline was suffering through the awful weather and now I am too, boo hoo.  I loathe Alicante airport with every fibre of my being.  Every time I'm there, it's so hot and uncomfortable and Saturday night was no exception.  They must have had the heat on high and I couldn't wait to get onto the plane and have a bit of air conditioning to cool down my purple face.  Well, on the plane we got and I kid you not, every single person in the few rows in front of and behind us coughed, spluttered, hocked up phlegm and I couldn't wait to get off and into fresh air, even if it was freezing!  It was one of the grossest flight ever.  Vom.

The second pit of the week is bittersweet really.  After living together for the last 10 years (bloody hell!), Joanne moved out and into a gorgeous apartment with her boyfriend Will.  I'm delighted for them and can't wait for them to drive each other mad (just kidding!) I've never lived on my own and although I'm looking forward to it and rearranging things, along with taking over Joanne's wardrobes, it's going to be weird and as I said on Twitter yesterday, it's the end of an era and the start of a new one.  I can now do my cleaning in my nudies!

The peak of my week?  Well I think I'll let the photos do the talking....

Blue sky...
Sunset
View from my bedroom window
The pool!
We have a lemon and orange tree in the front garden and this year we had the most lemons I've ever seen on the little tree!  I made a salad dressing one of the days and it was gorgeous.  The lemons were acidic but also slightly sweet and you can't get any fresher than that!  I had to get the camera out and snap some shots.  As for the orange tree, we had three oranges which we scoffed on the first couple of days.  The tree was full of orange blossoms which were so fragrant and I'd never seen that many flowers on the tree before.  It perfumed the whole garden and now I know what orange blossoms smell like on their own which will totally help moi with my perfume descriptions.  Always the blogger eh?




Orange blossoms
I love walking along the promenade in Santa Pola and it was very strange seeing the beach empty.  It's much too cold for the Spaniards at this time of year, all of whom were walking around with winter coats on while mam and I were in our tshirts.  I know.  It was so weird seeing them all with lots of clothes on!




We were to a couple of the local markets as usual and I may have picked up one or two scarves... More on that later in the week... I don't feel too bad about the sheer volume I bought because I wear them every single day and they're my thing.  Enough justification there? ahem

Market
I didn't take any photos of the lovely meals we had there except for my tapas.  Nom.


In the market on Saturday, we saw a few stalls that were rocking some very intricate decorations for Palm Sunday.  Purty.


The market comes alive on Saturdays and is full of fruit and vegetable stalls.  If we're there for a couple of weeks, we get our food there and I'm raging we saw the strawberries below on the day were leaving!



I think I'll be taking it easy on the blog this week with one post a day while I get used to living on my tobler and get organised!  I mentioned it before but I'm hoping to turn the box room into my beauty room and I'm making that my focus as I've got some great plans in the works and need to sort stuff out and get rid of a lot of unneeded and used bits before I secure a starring role on that Hoarders program.  

So how was your week?  What was the pit and the peak of your week?
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Vichy Dercos Nourishing Reparative Shampoo & Conditioner review

A while ago I was sent this Dercos Nourishing Reparative shampoo from Vichy and I was immediately intrigued.  I stroked my (not so imaginary) beard and wondered if the shampoo would be any use on my beardy hair.  Nourising and reparative?  I had to try it out, so went and bought the conditioner to match.  In for a penny and all.  But in this case I was in for €10.50 for the conditioner.  On the spendy side, especially if you're using the shampoo which is the same price, but I've said it before, I don't mind spending my cashola on things that work.  So I got to washing my hair.


Aimed at those with damaged hair (moi), this range has a balanced Keratin-Complex and a combination of vegetable oils, promising to repair and reconstruct the surface of the hair while restoring strength and nourishing it.  A quick note on the packaging, ten points for having two differently shaped bottles.  While I'm blinding myself with water in my eyes in the shower, it's nice to not have to squint to see what you're using.


I found I only needed a small amount of shampoo to produce a lovely lather where I could pile my hair on top of my head and pretend I've Anne Hathaway's short hair.  You do it too, tell the truth.  Once I've rinsed it out to reveal squeaky hair, on goes the conditioner which makes my hair super silky and soft and doesn't weigh it down.

It promises to restore hair's health in 10 washes and I knew after one wash I was on to something good.  After three washes, I was in love.  I've already repurchased both of these and will continue to do so, but as they're expensive, I like to use them as my "good" shampoo.  So once or twice a week, I allow myself to use them and in between those times, I use my other bits and bobs that are hanging around my shower and my hair is in great shape thanks to these guys.

If you've dry or damaged hair then I can't recommend trying this enough.  The range is brilliant and Vichy had better not ever discontinue it! 

Holy Grail status.  That should tell you all you need to know.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Guest post! Glitter Mama Wishes' Yasmine's top three products of the month

I met Yasmine last year at an Inglot event and we instantly clicked! She's a mama to two gorgeous chiddlers, is a little stunner herself and is great craic altogether! She blogs over at Glitter Mama Wishes so be sure to check it out and you'll see what I'm talking about! She's in charge of the blog today and is here to tell is the top three products she's been loving this month. Over to you Yaz!



Hi-hi!! I'm very excited to be doing a guest post for Karen on her blog, fell quiet honored actually hehe! hopefully I don't let her down but ye will just have to be happy lol, because Karen ain't here y'all......she's gone off on a sunny holiday, the lucky wagon, I've already told her she has to bring back some sun with her so I'll be waiting :))

Ok so I'm sure everyone's most used products change every month, the joys of being a shopaholic ;) Here's my 3 most used beauty products of March so far.


Bourjois 1 second nail polish remover
I first got this to try in a glossybox late last year. I tried it once and wasn't too impresses. Then a few weeks a go I couldn't find my bottle of nail polish remover so I gave this another go and I really like it now. Ok it doesn't work in 10 seconds but, certainly under 15 seconds (depending on the polish and how many coats etc) but it really does take all the polish off and there's no faffing about with bottles of polish and cotton pads. That can be a challenge when the kids are around!


Essence liquid eyeliner
Normally I'd use L'oreals liquid eyeliner as I liked the tapered sponge on it. I had tried a liquid liner with a thin brush but it didn't feel very sturdy and the bristles sort of went everywhere if you know what I mean! So I'd heard the essence one was good and I really do love it...even more than my L'oreal one! It gives a really black line as thick or as thin as you want. And it's so quick that I've been wearing eyeliner regularly now even just to do the school run, yay me lol!



Seche Vite top coat
I'd heard a lot about this top coat randomly on blogs but just thought ''A top coat is a top coat, they are all the same, clear smelly nail polish'' Silly naive me...

I was talking to Karen, Sue and Joanne at the Irish Beauty show a few weeks ago and they all agreed that this top coat was amazing and I'd never look back.....so of course I bought a bottle to try out for myself. I didn't have high hopes, I have 2 kids and nail polish has ALWAYS chip within 1 day, I kid not!

I painted my nails in the evening when the kids were asleep, then had a shower, scrubbed my hair, dried my hair, next day then the daily cleaning, hands in water, poopie nappies etc lol! Guess what?!?......my nails stayed glossy and chip free for 3 days, for 3 days I now get to feel very polished...literally!! If you haven't got this in your polish collection, you really do NEED it. I really see now how difficult it was to keep my nails looking pretty with out this.



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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Guest post from All Made Up 21's Laura! Her favourite products!

I'm a big fan of Laura from All Made Up 21 and over the past year, she's been blogging away like nobody's business and you can read her beauty ramblings here!  She's been a huge inspiration in terms of her weight loss journey with Slimming World and you need to read about it to believe it, so go follow her blog now!

She's taking over the blog today to talk about three of her favourite products and after reading the post, I now want all of them.... I mean look at them!


When Karen contacted me to do a guest post on her blog, Lovely Girlie Bits I couldn't possibly say no. Her blog (which you're seeing this post on right now) is one of my favourites. I've been lucky enough to meet Karen at events in the past and she's been nothing but super nice to me every time I've ran into her. There's many a product that I've bought after reading her fab reviews. Karen I blame my lack of funds on you! Now onto my current faves, all these products are new to me; I've only started using them in the past month. With saving like a mad woman for London and New York, the great thing about these three products is the fact that they're super affordable; one is even a magazine freebie. Enough chit chat from me I'll get cracking with my favourite.



I got this little gem free alongside this month's issue of Marie Claire magazine. I always carry a hand cream in my bag at all times. My hands have been ridiculously dry lately, I blame the weather. Neal's Yard Bee Lovely hand cream is my new favourite; it leaves my hands feeling lovely and soft. It does leave a balmy residue at first on my skin but it sinks in super quickly. This product also smells amazing. It contains a blend of organic honey and orange oil, the latter being the scent that shines through. I don't particularly like the smell of honey; I'm ultra-fussy when it comes to scents. This hand cream literally smells of oranges, a scent that isn't offensive in the slightest and I feel a lot of people will like it. The packaging is gorgeous too, a yellow honeycomb coloured tube with bumble bees imprinted on it. This hand cream is available on the Neal's Yard website and costs £10. I'll definitely be repurchasing mine when it runs out; I'll probably make a sneaky purchase of some other products from the Bee Lovely range too. If you can still get your hands on this month's Marie Claire magazine I'd recommend picking it up for this hand cream alone.




Catrice is a brand that I'm quite fond of; they always bring out lovely products and limited edition collections that are complete bargains in my opinion. On months that I'm living for payday to roll around, I know their products won't break the bank. I can basically pick up a couple of products for less to nothing. Everything I've tried from the brand so far has struck a high note with me. When I was out shopping with my friend Aisling, I picked up their Absolute Nude palette. This is one of their new releases and at €5.49 you can't go wrong. In this palette there's six wearable shades that would take you straight from day to night. All the shadows are shimmers and well pigmented. One thing to take note of when you're buying the palette is that there are no matte shades. Kinda funny considering it says on the packaging that it does. The pros definitely outweigh the cons with this palette; I've been using it so much since I bought it. It's such a handy size for my makeup bag and I wouldn't be too worried about mislaying it as it would be easy to replace. The packaging isn't too much to look at but for the price and quality of the palette you won't hear me complaining and I can see It being really popular. If you tend to rock a neutral eye look like me definitely check this out.





Last but certainly not least; it wouldn't be a favourite post without a lip product. Nivea's Vanilla & Macadamia Lip Butter has earned a permanent place in my makeup bag over the past few weeks. The weather in Ireland lately has been so changeable. In the past week alone, we've had rain, snow and the odd ray of sunshine peeping through the clouds. Crazy I know! I do blame the weather again for my lips being so dry and this product has been a life saver. Not only is this lip butter moisturising, it also smells amazing. For €2.95, you can't really turn your nose up at this one. If Vanilla & Macadamia doesn't sound like your thing, Nivea Lip Butters also come in two other flavours (Caramel Cream & Raspberry Kiss) plus an unscented version. I know I'll be repurchasing this product when I run out. I've already tried the other scents and Vanilla & Macadamia is my firm favourite out of the bunch.  
I hope you enjoyed reading about my current favourites. I just want to thank Karen gain for letting me do a guest post on her lovely blog. I also hope all your readers on Lovely Girlie Bits have a super St Patrick's Day weekend.
Laura<3
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kiss Me, I'm Irish: 3 Coral Lip Options! Guest post from Makeup Over Mind's Orla

When I'm on holidays, I like to take it easy and give myself a rest from blogging.  But I can't leave the wee blog unattended for the week, so I'm leaving it in some very capable hands!  I'm a huuuuge fan of Orla from Makeup Over Mind and now you will be too if you're not following her already and all of her links are at the bottom of the post.  She's gorgeous, a brilliant blogger and has true passion for all things beauty related.  I hold her personally responsible for making me want Dior Amber Diamond and Nars Sheer Glow even though it made me break out.  Over to you Orla!
Kiss Me, I'm Irish: 3 Coral Lip Options! 
When Karen asked me if I'd be interested in writing a guest post for the wunderbar blog you're currently reading I was completely chuffed to say the least. The week that's in it, in honour of St.Patrick, the flag, shamrocks, and really all things Irish, I thought it might be fun to write about a trifecta of products! More specifically, my top 3 coral picks for Spring! Ranging from low- to high-end and varying intensity, coral is always fun for Spring; and a great excuse for exclaiming "Kiss me, I'm Irish"! 
Swatches (L-R): Rimmel Kate Moss 110, MAC Vegas Volt, elf Mellow Melon 
1)    e.l.f. Conditiong Lip Balm SPF15 in Mellow Melon
First up, this beautiful shade from e.l.f. is a great alternative for anyone keen to try the coral trend, but a little frightened of very loud corals. This balm is really comfortable on the lips and applies quite sheer. All in all, it gives a beautiful finish, is great for everyday, and purse friendly to boot!
Available: eyeslipsface.com (3.75GBP) 
2)    MAC Amplified Lipstick in Vegas Volt
Kicking it up a notch, we have MAC's Vegas Volt, a colour which is much scarier in the tube than on the lips! As one of MAC's amplified formulas, this lipstick is not only super pigmented but also really comfortable on the lips and probably my favourite of the three!
Available: at MAC counters (€18.00) 
3)    Rimmel for Kate Moss Matte Lipstick #110
And lastly, we have Kate Moss (#110), a fantastically bright coral red! This is a serious statement colour, that's not for the feint hearted! But, if like me you are a fan of bold, orange-toned reds (a bit like MAC's Lady Danger) then this budget alternative might be right up your alley!
Available: at Rimmel stands (€6.95)
So, those are my 3 coral inspired picks for Spring! With a range of intensities, finishes, and prices, I like to think there's something for everyone. Which one would you rock to increase your Irish kissability? ;) 

Lip swatches (top-bottom): e.l.f. Mellow Melon, MAC Vegas Volt, Kate Moss #110

Me & my personal fave – MAC Vegas Volt

You can follow Orla through all the links below.  So what are you waiting for!


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Friday, March 15, 2013

Bourjois sixties trend eye make up look

Back in the day, I used to go out with my college friends with the brightest blue eye shadow caked on from eyelash to eyebrow.  Yes, that was when highlighting your brow bone meant something else completely.  I actually judge them now for still being friends with me after that now that I think of it...

Fear not my lovely reader, for I am going to show you a look that's part of Bourjois' Sixties Remix spring trend that make up artist Cassie Lomas showed me a few weeks ago and yes, you are looking at a pot of blue eye shadow below.  Be not afraid.


This is all I used to recreate the look and the blue shadow is one of the new Round Pots from Bourjois, Bleu Passe (€10.99).  This sixties-style pale blue shadow has fine silvery pearly extracts that gives a radiant finish and can be used wet for a more pigmented finish.  If you are using your shadows wet, then keep your wet side separate to your dry side, in case wetting the shadow creates a hard layer on the surface.


I had taken a photo of the model that Cassie worked on a few weeks ago, but the lighting wasn't great, so I was working off what I could remember in my old age.


1. Start with a wash of Bleu Passe all over the lid and bring it up past the crease.
2. Wet the shadow and apply the wet shadow all over the eyelid.
3. Using the Liner Pinceau, start in the middle of the lashes and work your way to the outer corner of the eye, then work from the middle to the inner corner.  Make sure to get as close to the lash line as you can.
4. Start building up the liner and looking ahead into a mirror, create your flick.
5. Apply a coat of your Fan-Tastic Volume mascara to upper and lower lashes and you're done!
6. Stare off wistfully and remember the good old days where your brow bone was that blue.  And it wasn't the sixties.

The Sixties Remix collection is on Bourjois counters this month, so if you want to try something a little different and try a little piece of this sixties trend, then check it out!
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Smashbox cheeks featuring Halo Long Wear Blush, Highlighting Wand, Soft Lights Prism blush, Bronze Lights Bronzer

Ooh I've been getting busy with some Smashbox products recently and have been loving my skin and my cheeks in particular thanks to these guys!  Before the snow this week, I'd felt that spring and sprung but I live in hope that it'll return soon.  It had better!  For me, spring is all about being fresh faced and having gorgeous skin that looks healthy and glowing.  These do that.  Simple as.



I've been really lucky and have been given these over the past few months and rather than me just say they're fantastic, which they are, I wanted to show them all to you in action.  So let's get up close and personal shall we?  Please direct your eyeballs to the photo below.

On the top left we have the Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder (€49) which is simply gorgeous.  I first got my paws on this before Christmas and it was love at first swatch.  We're talking about a powder that gives a luminescence to the skin with no obvious glitter or shimmer.  It has skin care built in to it and thanks to the formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide, it has anti-aging benefits.  Make up that will make me look younger?  Get on my face.  Seriously, this hasn't been off my face since Christmas and I use it almost every day.   

Top right is the Halo Long Wear Blush in Warm Glow (€29) and like the Halo Hydrating Powder, this comes with one of those twisty shaving contraptions that is very satisfying to use.  No idea why.  A little goes a long way with this, so shave carefully my dears.  Warm glow gives exactly that, a glow wot is warm.  It's gorgeous and I love it.

  
The Soft Lights blush in the shade Prism (€29) is on the bottom left and really does live up to it's "lit from within" claim as you'll see below.  It's a blue toned pink which illuminates the skin while adding colour to the cheeks.  Finally on the bottom right is a small sized Bronze Lights bronzer in Suntan Matte.  I got this in a set over in Sephora and have only started using it over the past month.  It's a matte bronzer that's perfect for contouring.

Finally we have the Halo Highlighting Wand (€32) that should really be called a magic wand because it works wonders!  I think it's quite possibly my favourite highlighter ever and you'll see why below.  It's one of those clicky pen doo-daas that dispenses the product out, allowing you to dot it wherever you need and get blending and highlighting your visage.  I love that it's a cream product as it looks more natural on the skin and it doesn't sit in my fine lines.  I use it on my cheekbones, brow bone and cupid's bow.


Time for close up swatches.

L-R: Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, Soft Lights Prism blush, Bronze Lights Bronzer Suntan Matte, Halo Long Wear Blush in Warm Glow, Halo Highlighting Wand Gold

Now it's time to get busy and show you everything in action.  I've already started with foundation and a dusting of the Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder.


I've never had a fan brush until now and since getting it, I've been using it every day.  This one is €16.50 and has made itself the centre of my brush collection over the past few months!  First up we're using the Bronze Lights Bronzer and using the fan brush sideways to contour in an aul cheekbone.  Once you're happy with the level of colour on said cheekbone, use the fan brush flat and sweep it up and down to blend the line in, giving you a a grand contoured cheekbone.


Next it's time for the Soft Lights Prism blush and you can really see how illuminating it really is.  I sweep this along the apples of my cheeks and bring it upwards with the brush and this takes all of about 20 seconds.  Time for the Halo Highlighting Wand which I use along the cheekbones and on the brow bone to give even more light to my face.  I'm telling you, if your skin looks any way dull at the moment, this wand will brighten up your face in no time!  Love it.  And that's cheek one done!


Cheek two shows the Halo Long Wear Blush in Warm Glow swept up along the cheekbones and you can see how pigmented it is.  Always start with a little amount and work your way up with your blush, unless you're going for the Aunt Sally look.  I couldn't help myself, I needed to use the Halo Highlighting Wand again to show you the finish.  

Get yourself into Arnotts to the Smashbox counter to see these guys in the flesh.  They are all truly beautiful and what better time than spring to get yourself some pretty, glowy, luminescent cheeks!



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