Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mad for mattes! Makeup, hair, face & body!

I think the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Mattes set the beauty world alight because they did what no other matte lip product could do, for me anyway, and that was to stay put, stay matte and make me look gorgeous.

So I had a little root through my stash to see what other matte products I had and was surprised with how many I have!  It goes without saying that the Smashbox Full Exposure palette gets props for having a fantastic selection of matte shadows but I've blogged about that so much, so you can read all about the palette in all of my posts here.

Let's start with the makeup shall we?


For bases we have the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation that goes on as a liquid and dries to a powder.  I'm still testing it out but you can read my first impressions and watch a demo video in Monday's post.  On the budget end of the scale we have Catrice Infinite Matt foundation which is one of the best matte foundations I've ever tried.  At €6.99, it looks, feels and performs way above it's price and while I think it's been replaced by the All Matt Plus Shine Control foundation, if it's anything like this, then you're save in the knowledge that you'll have a matte yet cake-free face!

I'm still obsessed with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets and may or may not have picked up a fourth colour in my travels to Boots.  Matte, long-lasting and incredibly pigmented, I have so much love for these it's not even funny.

I've been finally getting to grips with the L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder (€10.75) and am really impressed with the blurred finish it gives to my skin while keeping shine at bay until about lunchtime.  It comes in two shades, light and medium and the light shade gives the tiniest bit of colour, while feeling super lightweight on the skin.  A little goes a long way with this, and it can look powdery if you're too heavy handed with it.


When it comes to matte bronzers, one that never lets me down is Smashbox's Bronze Lights in Sunkissed Matte.  This is a mini one from a set I bought in Sephora but it makes a fantastic contour, bronzer and crease eyeshadow.  It's a cool toned bronzer which is great for adding shade and shape to the face without tonnes of warmth.

Sticking with Smashbox, the Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream gives an almost matte finish to the skin.  I'm allowing it in the post because despite the extremely natural luminescence it gives to the skin, there's no glitter or shimmer, just lots of pigmentation, so a little goes a long way, and a lit-from-within glow. 

Tarte.  Oh Tarte.  I am amassing quite the collection of Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes and if I had to pick my favourite blushes of all time, it would probably be these.  I know.  Bold statement there.  But they give so much pigmentation, last for hours and are a dream to apply.  Exposed and Blissful are the most matte of the shades I have and I urge you to try to get your hands on some of these babies.  

Now on to the non makeup matte products that I'm loving!


Long time readers of the blog will know that I'm obsessed with Vichy's Capital Soleil SPF50 Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch because not only does it mattify the skin, but it works perfectly as a base under my foundation.  It means I can protect my skin with the whopper SPF50 it has and not worry about my makeup sliding off my face by lunch time.  

A great mattifying moisturiser is the Effaclar Mat from La Roche-Posay which does a stellar job of hydrating my skin while regulating oil production.  In the summer, I like wearing this under my foundation when I'm heading out at night, safe in the knowledge that I won't be shining bright like a diamond in any photos but my skin will still be moisturised.


I love using the Beach Matt Texturising Salt Spray from Schwarzkopf Got2B during the summer because it gives me proper beachy hair for very few euros.  It gives that lovely matte texture to the hair that goes along with having a dip in the sea, except you don't need to freeze the diddies of yourself!

As someone who has more nail polish than sense, a must have for me is a matte top coat and this one from Essie, Matte About You, works great at changing the look of a polish in minutes.  I love applying a vibrant shade of polish with a glossy finish and then applying the matte topcoat on an accent nail or as french tips on all nails to add a bit more interest.

Finally, who remembers Rimmel's Sun Shimmer from back in the day?  Ah I remember having a bottle of it on hand constantly throughout my 20s and it was my go to instant tanner when I was stuck and heading out.  They've revamped the range and now the've some fantastic new matte products.  The Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan & Gradual Glow pretty much does what it says on the tin.  When you apply it, it gives an instant tan which washes off, but also the more you use it, a gradual glow will appear is if like magic on the skin.  Rimmel's Sun Shimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector not only gives an even glow that washes off, but it evens skin tone, moisturises, softens, covers and gives the illusion of perfect skin.  Don't mind if I do!

So if you're sick of shimmer and glow, then there's a plethora of matte products that will have you covered.  Literally!
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

QUESTION! Who are your biggest beauty enablers?

As a bone fide makeup junkie, I still find myself poring over blogs every day, seeing what's new in the beauty world.  But despite getting to test out lots of products, I still end up coveting new things, especially when some of my favourite beauty bloggers recommend them!  There is nothing like seeing someone who truly loves makeup and beauty talk or write about things they love.  It makes me love them and want them.  The products, not the people.  Ahem.

Last night on the #irishbbloggers chat on Twitter, I was named as being an enabler and I wear that badge with pride!  But there are some of you out there who enable me so much, I'll constantly be broke!  So I thought I'd compile a little list of who are my biggest enablers and name and shame you as being the ones who will have me living out of a cardboard box, but with 25 foundations.

Now I know each week in my Favourite Five posts, I list bloggers from around the world who have made me want to buy things, but today, it's all about the Irish bridies!

In no particular order:

Total MakeUp Addict - Dear Aisling, you know your stuff and this pleases me.  I trust your reviews and blog posts (and now videos!) implicitly and you have made me spend millions of euros.  Slight exaggeration but you know what you've done!  Even though I haven't bought anything MAC in ages, I want that neutral palette...  And the Balm Mary Lou Manizer.... This could go on for a while.

Makeup Over Mind - Orla, we've spoken about this before and you know full well that I have to watch your videos with one eye closed because I know and you know that I'll have a list every time you talk about things you've bought or things you love.  Shame on you.  No shame on me for wanting all the things you have!  Someday I'll own Dior Amber Diamond and will shine bright like a diamond, yes I will.  Also, right now I'm avoiding reading your review of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush in Radiant Magenta because I know I'll want it....

Emerald Eyeliner - Mags, even though I don't wear bright pink lipsticks, you make me want them.  You also make me want all things Stila and I was this close to contemplate having a wax after reading your Waxperts post.  Don't change Mags, we are shopping ban partners for life.  I totally bought those leopard print shoes the other day because of you.  Thank God they were only €4....

Fluff and Fripperies - Emma, where do I begin... We get to go to a lot of the same things, get sent a lot of the same things and yet you make them all look so much better on you.  You make me want to return to my youth and wear Doc Martins and yes, I will have the same phone as you soon and yes, I went to H&M over the weekend to get the necklace you bought, then lost, then bought again, but they didn't have it so now I have the rage....

Dolly Rouge - Kat von D(olly), every time I need some kind of skincare information, you are the bridie to go to and for that, my face thanks you.  Your photos are always amazing and every time you post about something I already have, I go and dig it out and ask it why it doesn't look like that in my photos!  You are the skincare queen and we must get you a badge or sash or something.

With the explosion of Irish Beauty Blogs recently, I fully expect this list to grow a lot by the end of the year!

So be a good child and let me know who are your biggest beauty enablers out there.  Those who make you spend money.  Those who plant ideas in your head that you need all of the products.  Name them all!!!
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Introducing Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream

It's very rare where I'll write about skincare so soon after starting to use it, but sometimes, something very special comes along and all my rules go out the window.  I've been using the Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correction Cream for about two weeks now and while I generally wait a month or so to review skincare, this has knocked me upside the head and I couldn't wait to tell you about it.


You've most likely heard of Visionnaire, Lancome's first serum infused with the much talked about LR2412 molecule, which works on all layers of the skin to help with wrinkles, pores and skin texture.  It's an ingredient  that has filtered down to brands like L'Oreal and Vichy, so that everyone can afford a piece of the action.

So Lancome has created the Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream for women who "are looking for richer textures to complement or replace a serum but still want multiple benefits".  And let the record show, since I've started using it, I've used a serum only twice.

For me, a moisturiser is a must every day and using a serum is an added extra.  I'm lucky in that I get to try out serums and there are a few I'd purchase myself only if I'd the cashola at the end of the month, but with a moisturiser, that's an absolute 100% necessity for me.  But having a cream like this with the benefits of a serum would sweeten the deal even more when making a purchase.


Right off the bat, the first time I applied it, I knew we were working with luxury.  This is by far the silkiest, smoothest thing I've ever put on my face and despite it's really lightweight texture, my skin instantly felt hydrated, but that kind of hydration after you've put on a thick, unctuous cream.  Every time I use it, my skin is immediately left feeling smooth and soft and the hyaluronic acid gives me a grand plumping effect.  Speaking of which, after 3-4 uses, I could see a definite reduction in one of my frown lines.  I like to call them my concentration lines, but really I have sensitive eyes and find everything too bright so end up wearing shades all the time!

I've been using it morning and night for the past two weeks and have seen a definite improvement in my skin in general.  I've mentioned the frown lines but have to give a mention to how plumped up my skin is since I started using it.  I look like a girl of 30 again!

It is spendy at €73, but here are some justifications if you're in the market for a new cream.  Look at the packaging.  It's gorgeous.  You can do without a serum when using this which will technically save you money.  But if you buy it and don't like it, which is very doubtful, then feel free to send it to me because I'm in love!

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream is on counters in May and my advice?  Hightail it to your local Lancome counter and feel this on your skin for yourself and you'll see what I'm talking about!
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Monday, April 28, 2014

VLOG! Lovely Girlie Bits goes to The Bops!

Last week, Joanne and I took an after work trip to Cafe en Seine for The Bops, the Blog and Online Publishing Awards where we'd been shortlisted for Best Beauty Read!  The award went to the fantastic Emma from Fluff and Fripperies who is one of my blogging besties and one brilliant beauty blogger to boot!

Joanne and I decided to attempt to vlog the evening and we had great craic altogether, so if you want to see us making faces, trying to stay upright and alive and see the exact moment that Emma won her award, then watch our vlog!

 

Everyone has been so nice regarding us vlogging and hopefully you'll see a bit more of our personalities and see that we really are demented in real life!  It's still completely awkward vlogging in public and I can't ever seeing it getting any less weird, but we'll just see how it goes.  Because of the blog, we get to do some cool things and get invited to nights out, so we want to bring you along with us where you can be one of the Lovely Girlies!

So sit back, grab a cuppa, enjoy and most importantly, laugh!
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First impressions! Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet - demo video

Forgive me bank manager, for I have sinned.  I spent €39 on a foundation having done minimal research and without trying it out on the counter.  I know.  But I lost the run of myself in town on Saturday with Joanne where she was buying lots of lovely clothes for her honeymoon and I was buying random things like three handbags, scrubby gloves and this!  The Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation...


I know.  I need another foundation like a hole in the head, and yet I trotted happily through town after picking it up, €39 poorer.  But it's Chanel.  So there's my justification there.  Oh I have another one, it's for the blog *ahem*.  That one never gets old...

After watching a few videos about the foundation and reading a few blog posts, I knew that this was the one that would pop my Chanel foundation cherry because it promised velvety smooth skin and I would like that thank you very much.

So I decided to film a first impressions video with a demo showing how to applies on the skin while voicing some initial thoughts.  I'll be reviewing it properly when I've had more play time with it because I like to try foundations out with and without primers, using different moisturisers and with and without setting powders.


Have a wee look at my little video where I stroke my face a lot.  Little sneak peek, I think I'm going to be very happy with this little bottle of velvety goodness.  But I shall reserve full judgement until I've a couple of weeks of using it under my belt!  Here's a little before and after shot to whet your whistle.


Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation is on counters now and will set you back €39, so go forth and buy it now, or wait for my review!
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Slimming World - Sweet and Sour Chicken

We finally got the Slimming World Fakeaways recipe book!  I have wanted this for so long!  I follow lots of different Slimming World members on Instagram and I saw so many of them posting pictures of recipes from this book and literally everything looked amazing.  As soon as I saw it for sale in our Slimming World group I had it get it.  It costs €7.95 and it has over 50 fakeaway recipes from making your own pizza dough, to thai green chicken curry to lamb rogan josh.  It's not that often that I get the urge to cook something new, as Will loves to cook (you won't hear me complain!), but this book is full of gorgeous recipes that I couldn't wait to try it.  The first thing I tried was the Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ingredients

  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 8 skinless and boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces (I just used chicken breasts)
  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 1 green pepper roughly chopped
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks (we had none so I used another pepper)
  • 435g can of pineapple chunks in natural juice, drained, reserving 2 tbsp. juice
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 level tbsp. corn flour
  • 1 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • finely sliced scallion to garnish



Place a non stick wok or deep frying pan over a high heat and spray with low calorie cooking spray.  Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes, stirring continuously.  Transfer the chicken to a plate.



Add the onion, pepper and carrots to the wok and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Return the chicken to the wok and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.


Meanwhile, make the sauce by mixing the reserved pineapple juice with the garlic, cornflour, tomato puree, red wine vinegar, soy sauce and 100ml water.  Stir the sauce into the chicken and vegetables,  add the pineapple and cook over a low heat for 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.


We just cooked a quick boil in the bag rice with this and voila - really tasty sweet and sour chicken! Homemade! By me!!!  This serves 4 and each serving of the sweet and sour chicken is 3 syns on Extra Easy, 3 syns on original and 13.5 syns on Green.


Besides sweet and sour chicken in a Chinese, the only sweet and sour I have ever tried making myself is the Uncle Bens, so it's really enjoyable making something like this from scratch.  Once everything is cut and prepared, it takes minutes to cook and it's so tasty.  I'm definitely making this again!

Have you tried anything from the Fakeaway book yet?

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Favourite Five #17

Sure it was only a short week at work, but it didn't make it any less busy or tiring!  But we won't dwell on that, as it's time for my Favourite Five!  These are the five posts that made me laugh, think, ponder, drool and want to buy all of the things.  So let's get to it!


1
When Temptalia gives something full marks, you sit up and take notice.  And it just so happens that this week, two products got the very rare 45/45!  First is Chanel Cheeky (79) Le Blush Creme de Chanel which I'm going to have to investigate as it might make for a good bronzer for me and the second is Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow in Mirage, a wonderful bronze shade that I guarantee I'd get a lot of wear out of...  Obviously need them both...

2
I'd heard news of Charlotte Tilbury's makeup range coming to Brown Thomas a couple of months ago and it's true!  Check out Frillseeker's post showing lots of drool worthy photos of all the things I need.... I say need because it's the truth.... Oh God, I am so screwed when that launches and Space NK opens...

3
I'm so happy that one of my favourite Irish beauty bloggers is back blogging again because I've missed her!  Total Makeup Addict is back and making me want to buy MAC which is mad, but look at the gorgeous blush in the shade Blushbaby.  It looks riiiiiiight up my street and if it gives me cheekbones like Aisling's, then I'm sold!

4
Now this next post was written a couple of weeks ago, but I only read it this week, so I'm totally putting it in my favourite five and you'll see why!  Sharon from Behind Green Eyes made me snort at my desk at work with one of the funniest posts I've read in ages and if you want to see how she got on with the W7 Brow Bar, then click here!  Too funny!

5
This week's Youtuber is the fabulous Joanne Larby!  I watched her video this week where she worked with the Electric Palette from Urban Decay and while I'd never be able to recreate the look myself, I've watched the tutorial twice!  Girlfriend has some serious makeup skills so do yourself a favour and subscribe to her here.  She's Irish, she's gorgeous and she's got lots more where this came from!


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Friday, April 25, 2014

What's on my face #1

I thought it was high time I start taking note of the makeup I wear when I'm heading out to launches or events.  This is because I tend to use the same things all the time and need to shake things up a bit! So for the next while, I'll do my best to try new things and show them in action.  In saying that, last night I was in a mad rush as I'd just over an hour to come home, feed Bailey, have a shower and put my makeup on before running out the door to meet Joanne.  So I decided to use what I know and trust because time was short!


Products used:
  • Smashbox Liquid Halo foundation Shade 1 - review
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Diffused Light - review
  • Clinique Cheek Pop - Peach Pop - review
  • Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wix - review
  • Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara - review
  • Smashbox Full Exposure Palette - review


I applied a thin layer of the Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation to even out my skin tone and still let my skin show through.  I love how I can't even see it on my face and it looks like I have grand skin altogether!  A quick application of the Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector helped hide my dark circles and brightened under my eyes which is what I needed before piling on the eye makeup.  Speaking of which, I decided to do a soft brown smokey eye using the warmer matte shades in the Full Exposure palette from Smashbox.  This palette has yet to fail me and I blahddy love it!

I used my trusty Brow Wiz from Anastasia to shape and define my brows before applying a generous coat of the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara to top and bottom lashes.  I lashed on a layer of my Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop and dusted a light coat of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light which gets rid of any shine on my forehead and schnoz and softens the whole look.  I applied Shiseido Lacquer Gloss in Baby Doll before running out the door in a panic because I was late!




This is one of my go to looks when I want to look put together but with a bit of drama on the eyes.  I wore it to The Bops last night and you'll see it on my visage in a vlog of the night too!

Happy Friday everyone!
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara review, before & after photos!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bourjois is the actual business when it comes to affordable bases and mascaras and if you're a long time reader of the blog, you'll know I have lots of love for the brand in general!

Launching mid May, the Bourjois 1 Seconde mascara was love at first swipe for me.  I got it to play with a few weeks ago and it's rarely been off my lashes since.  There's the regular version which is the one below with the orange band and the waterproof version has a blue band, just in case you end up standing in Boots trying to figure out what's what!


I'm loving the mirrored packaging and it means I can find it easily when it's plonked in my makeup bag along with everything else.  Now you know I can't talk about mascaras without discussing the wand with plenty of innuendo, so come on, let's get it over with.  My wand has balls.  I know.  I ain't lyin'.  The technical term is "wraparound spheres", but they're balls.  Look at them.


The balls, sorry, "spheres", are alternated between the evenly sized bristles and promises to envelop each lash.  That's what they all say, but does it work?


Hell yeah!  The wand combs the product through my lashes easily and gives lift, volume, thickness and separation, with no hint of clumping.   The formula is one of those Goldilocks ones, not too wet and not too dry, just perfect.  I've only ever needed to use one coat to get fabulous lashes and that's perfect for me first thing in the morning.

It stays put all day and there's no flaking or smudging whatsoever.  When it comes to removing it, it takes minimal effort even with my trusty faithful Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.



I think the sign of a great mascara, for me anyway, is the ability to wear it on it's own with no liner or eyeshadow and still feel made up and put together.


The Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara will set you back €12.99 and is well worth every penny in my opinion.

It's the closest balls have gotten to my eyes in quite some time... Ok ok I'm done with the rudeness!! This mascara is fantastic and is definitely one to check out when it launches!
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Liner - Chocolate Truffle review, photos

The concept behind Bobbi Brown's Perfectly Defined collection sounds right up my street, promising to give us what we need for standout eyes.  I need my eyes to stand out, and you'll know that from any photos or videos you've seen of me without any eye makeup.  I have beady, villainous eyes at the best of times and need all the help I can get.

The Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner, which is the famous Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in pencil form, intrigued me because now we'll be able to carry it around with us in our makeup bags.  As someone who finds it hard to whittle things down, this pleases me to no end.  It comes in six shades and I was sent Chocolate Truffle to play with.  Let the record show that there are at least two more shades that I need.  I say need because I do actually need them to define my eyes just with different colours.  Ahem.  Any excuse.


It's one of those twisty uppy pencils (totally technical term there) and has a little sharpener in the end which I forgot to photograph, but it just pares down the liner so if you want a precise line, it does the job.  There's a good bit of product waste though when you sharpen it, so I'd only do so if absolutely necessary, anything to save a few bob eh?

The product itself is soft and creamy, with only a slight bit of resistance when applied to the skin at first, but once it warms up, it becomes even softer and smoother.  It's incredibly long-lasting and I've been wearing it in a multitude of ways to test it out and honestly, I can't fault it at all.


Such is my love for Chocolate Truffle, I've been looking for excuses to wear it every day and because I wear neutral eyeshadows to work most days, having a brown liner like this has made me realise that everyone should have a brown eyeliner in their stash.  It's less harsh than black, is more subtle and provides a softer look, depending on how you use it.

I've been wearing it along the upper lash line to add definition to my neutral eye makeup and love how it thickens up the lash line, looking more natural than if I'd used black.  It stays put for hours on the waterline too and doesn't irritate my delicate eyeballs one bit.


If I want a bit more va-va-voom, I thicken up the line on the outer half of the upper lash line.  I've also been smudging it into the upper lash line over slightly darker eyeshadow and you need to work fast if you're smudging because once this sets, it sets!


I tried sharpening it to see how precise I could get the line and it worked really well, especially at the flick as you can see below.   This is True Love folks.  Liner Love.  Oh, and removal is a cinch.  I've been using my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and it takes it off no muss, no fuss, no rubbing or tugging.

Also in the Perfectly Defined Collection comes the Gentle Curl Eyelash Curler which helps give lift and curl to the lashes and you know what, I haven't curled my eyelashes in ages, so I must pick up one of these and give it a go.

There's a Dual Ended Mascara which sounds very interesting altogether, with one end housing the Extreme Party Mascara and the other with No Smudge Mascara.  They can be worn separately or layered together and sounds perfect for Joanne's wedding as we'll be both partying and crying!  Hopefully more partying than crying though!

Chocolate Truffle, let me count the ways in which I love you.  You add definition to my eyes and make it so easy to work with you.  You're portable which means that you'll squeeze into my overly full makeup bag beautifully and I can carry you around like a lady of leisure without giving myself back pain.  I can be slap dash with you and have a little smudgy action going on or use you for an ever so ladylike cat eye.  You are exactly what I've needed in my collection and on my eyes and I think we're going to be very happy together.  You are totally worth the €23.50 price tag but don't get jealous if I bring one or two fellow liners home when payday hits, ok?

The Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Collection is on counters now.  Go check it out!  And stay tuned to see Chocolate Truffle in action in a video very soon.  What can I say, I'm obsessed!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Essie Spring 2014 collection - review and video!

Ok, something a bit different today!  As you know, I've done a few tutorials and favourites videos on the YouTube channel, but not many reviews.  So for the next while, I'll be doing a few reviews of products in video form and will have more photos here on the blog along with any other thoughts I might have forgotten during filming!  So whether you like reading reviews or watching videos, I'll have you covered and if it works, I'll keep doing them!

First up is the Essie Spring 2014 collection.  This six strong polish collection has a little something for everyone from a pale creamy nude and baby pink, to a mint green with subtle silver shimmer, livened up even more with a fuchsia pink and rounded out by two wonderful blue shades, one a denim blue and the other a blue/grey polish that makes me pretend I'm Lisa Eldridge when I wear it!


Top row: Essie Spin the Bottle (L), Essie Romper Room (R)
Middle row: Essie Fashion Playground (L), Essie Hide and go Chic (R)
Bottom row: Essie Style Hunter (L), Essie Truth or Flare (R)

You'll see in the video below which shades are my favourites, which ones applied the easiest and which ones were a bit wonky on application.  A little clue will be in the screenshot below....  



I made the video short and sweet and hope it might whet your appetite for what is a delightful nail polish collection altogether!  Each bottle will set you back €9.99 and are on counters this month.

Thanks for watching/reading!
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Monday, April 21, 2014

VLOG! Come along with me on a blogger's day out!

As it's a bank holiday, I thought it was the perfect excuse for a day of rest here at Lovely Girlie Bits, but didn't want to leave the blog empty.  So instead of the regular beauty post, have a squizz at what I got up to last Tuesday.  It was a day full of sunshine, mocktails, coffee, chats with my bloggy friends, lunch and of course, new launches.  Suncare launches to be exact and we all got in the summer mood because the weather was so beautiful that day!



I must say, I really rather enjoyed vlogging!  Of course it's easier when you have someone with you so as Joanne was in work, I drafted in two fabulous ladies, namely Mags from EmeraldEyeliner and Emma from FluffandFripperies who made it a lot less awkward.  I'll get there, I promise!  I think I'm going to try out a couple more vlogs and see how they do on the channel and if it's something that people like, then I'll have to invest in a better point and shoot camera that autofocuses, as the one I'm using is Joanne's old one from years ago!

I hope you enjoyed the vlog and make sure you subscribe to our channel for more videos and we've a fantastic giveaway going on over there where you can be in with a chance to win a Smashbox Full Exposure palette!
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Slimming World Sunday #16 - Some new goals

So 'tis Easter Sunday and now Lent is over!  I gave up cursing and lasted about half a day before throwing in the towel because I ended up swearing more than I usually would.  It went a little something like this "Oh shit where's my phone?  Oh shit, I just said shit, ah shit" and repeat.  So I failed big time but hey whaddaya gonna do?  At least I tried eh!

So I've decided to make a little list of goals that I want to achieve by Joanne's wedding at the end of May and I've written them down for my own and your viewing pleasure.

I'm going to stay to group between now and the wedding.  This means getting more organised in terms of the blog because if I stay for the meeting, I'm not home until 7 and by the time I organise dinner, finish the post for the following day and get myself ready for the next morning, I'm wrecked.  So my mission will be to have Tuesday's posts done completely and have dinner made by Sunday night, so I've less stress.  I always feel more motivated after the group but we just found out this week that our consultant Ali can't do Mondays anymore which is shit (feckin Lent is well over!) and we're both raging because she's great craic and tells it like it is.  I'm fully expecting to give the new person squinty eyes for the first month at least.

I have a set goal for what I'd like to lose between now and the wedding.  I don't want to jinx it and say it on here, but it would be a big milestone and I believe I can do it!  I've 6 weeks to go and have just calculated what I need to lose on a weekly basis and it's doable, especially if I stay focused.  Stand by for that and if I manage to reach that goal earlier, you'll be the first to know about it!

I bought the Fake Away book which is full of gorgeous receipes and I want to try to make something every two weeks.  I won't say every week because some weeks are busier than others if there are meetings and launches happening and I tend to cook easy things most of the time.  But stay tuned for some recipes from the book.  Joanne's already made one thing so far so I might make her do next week's post!


They're just little goals and I know there's only three, but if I make too many, I'll never stick to any of them!  Weigh in is this Monday and I'm hoping to hit another little milestone, so we'll see what happens!

Happy Easter everyone!



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Everyday makeup look - video!

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


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



Products used:

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

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

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

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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Space NK wish list with £10 off code!

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

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

My SpaceNK Wish list


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And you know what else?  They're offering £10 off when you spend £40 or more by entering DISCOVER20 at the checkout!  Don't say I'm not an enabler and if I wasn't financially challenged at the moment (roll on payday), I'd be getting this lot and more!  This offer ends today, Wednesday April 16th, so move fast!
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Garnier Ultimate Blends, The Marvellous Transformer 1 Minute Treatment review

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


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

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


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

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

€5.29 is the damage which is great value, but it's spoiled me and I'll have to repurchase because I don't think my hair will like going back to a regular conditioner.  I'm loving being able to pamper my gruaig in 60 seconds and now I've no excuse if I'm late to work!  Great stuff altogether!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Behind the Girlie Bits - Joanne's Hen Do!

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

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

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

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


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

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





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





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


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




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


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



The Constantine ladies!


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


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