Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara review - the best mascara for under a fiver!

Do you ever start using a product long after getting it and then have inner rage for not using it sooner because you could've been happier together for longer?  Yes, that's what happened to me and the Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes mascara and if you've been following me on Snapchat, you'll know this has been my mascara of choice in recent weeks.

I mention the Glam & Doll False Lashes mascara so often on there because every day I get questions about it from people who had forgotten to screenshot it and then when I do post a photo, it's screenshot central.  That and I have true love for this mascara and you know me, when I love something, I want everyone to know about it and try it!

Now, Catrice sent this to me a while back and I've been putting it through it's paces for the last month or so and am ready to give you my verdict but I think I've given away the plot already.  But sure we have to do the before and after shots don't we?

The wand is one of those dual sided ones with a flat side and a curved side.  I've used wands like this before where the flat side is used to lift and curl the lashes and the curved side packs on the product, adding lots of thickness and volume.  I don't get any flaking or smudging with it and the formula is a Goldilocks one in that it's not too thick and not too thin, it's just right.  What I mean is that it's thick enough to add lots of volume and drama without weighing the lashes down and thin enough to be able to build two coats nicely without clumping.  For day time, I use the one coat and get the perfect amount of lift, curl, separation which all helps make me look wide eyed and bushy tailed when .  I apply two coats if I'm heading out and want uber dramatic eyeballs.

The flat side makes applying the mascara to the lower lashes really easy and the bendy side makes it a doddle to pack on the product to the outer top lashes, elongating my beady eyes beautifully.  There's a reason why I haven't shut up about this lads.

I believe there are a few different variations of this range of mascaras from the snaps I get from people after they've bought one.  But if you're looking for this exact one, the tube is a lilac purple and has a sticker saying "false lashes" so if you want this exact one, then keep your eyeballs peeled.

Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara has taken it's place right beside my Bourjois Volume One Seconde Mascara in Ultra Black in it's holy grail status.  It is fantastic and despite being on a spending ban, I obviously need a couple of back ups and sure at €4.50, there's no guilt there at all!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer review, before & after photos!

The rules of life clearly state that if you're on the way home from holidays abroad and have any money leftover, you must spend it in the Duty Free.  And despite having millions of foundations anyway in your stash, it's ok to buy another one.  Without researching it at all.  And you can't access wifi in the airport to search for some quickie reviews because the wifi doesn't work.  You are stranded at the Clinique counter with money to spend and no way to see if you're going to be left disappointed.  So you take a chance, like Abba said.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation & concealer was my purchase of choice on the way home from Spain and behold my review!

I do like a multipurpose product, mainly because it speeds things up in the morning and Beyond Perfecting is described as a foundation and concealer.  I rarely put concealer on in the mornings before work as I like to embrace my dark circles.  It's not because I'm always running late and don't have time.  Noooooo.  That's not me at all at all... But the big doe foot applicator, while being a bit unhygienic having to dip and then double dip, means you can apply the product under the eyes and on any blemishes you want to cover.

Now, along with being multifunctional, it's suitable for all skin types which is a bold claim.  So those with dry skin can use it along with the oilier skinned ladies like myself.  I think that's the thing that intrigued me the most, having a one product fits all claim.  Now let us look at my scaldy mush without any makeup shall we?

Before & After Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer

With it's super thick texture, a little goes a long way and the first time I used it, I lashed loads of it on.  I was caked in foundation, but knew where I'd gone wrong and every time since then I've used less and am sorted.  After applying it a few different ways, I've decided that I like it best when applied with a beauty blender.  That gives the most flawless finish ever and makes sure I don't have cake face.  I find it blends into my skin easily, doesn't sit in pores and gives me a near perfect finish.  It has a tendency to cling to my dry patches a bit, so take note anyone with dryer skin than me,  I'm in the process of revamping my skincare routine so hopefully any dry patches will be gone pronto and then I'll be sorted.

I wanted to show it in action as a foundation and also a concealer, so you can see the before and after photo above.  State of the redness on my face but sure that's what foundation is for and you can see it covers it perfectly, evens out my complexion and despite the heavy coverage, doesn't look or feel heavy or cakey on the skin.

Before & After Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer

Using it as a concealer under my eyes, you can see that it brightens my undereye area and I think I look more awake don't I?  Like all concealers on me, I have to set this with a powder or else it creases on me but it stays put for the work day and sure when I'm home it doesn't matter what I look like!

The foundation is a tough one to describe in terms of finish because while it dries matte, it leaves my skin with a really soft radiance to it, but is dry to the touch.  I guess a satin finish might be the best way to describe it.  I've found that I need to set my oily bits with a powder which will help get me to about the 6-7 hour mark.  Without powder, my nose starts to shine like a beacon of hope for all the world after about 4-5 hours.

It promises to stay put through sweat and humidity and while it hasn't been that hot or humid in Ireland yet, I'll be putting it through its paces when summer comes.  See how I said "when"... not "if"... It lasts for the work day on me which is all I ever ask for when testing out foundations.  And for any budding YouTubers out there, it looks flawless on camera too.

Before & After Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer

I bought this in the shade Alabaster which was the second lightest shade available in the airport and I'd say it's ever so slightly dark for me, but I can make it work once I blend it down my neck, so anyone paler than me will have to see if there's a lighter shade, fake tan a bit or look for something else.  Also, the lady in the airport told me that it can oxidise as the day goes on, but I haven't had an issue with that, so it's worth noting and maybe test it out before purchasing.

I'm really enjoying wearing this lads and I'm so happy that my unresearched purchase has worked out great!  It's €33 and is on Clinique counters now, but at the moment, Debenhams has 10% off and it's €29.70.  Every penny counts eh!


Monday, May 23, 2016

Vichy Ideal Soleil In-shower after-sun & Ultra-melting milk-gel review!

If you're off on your summer holidays soon, I'm really happy for you... No really, I am... I actually quite enjoy having to wear my fleece pyjamas in the evenings and love the uncertainty of whether I'll be able to wear my new sunglasses or will find out if the mascara I'm testing out is waterproof or not...  Super happy for you.  Totally can't wait to see your snaps.  Not hoping at all that you'll burn your bits or get chomped to bits by the mozzies.  Not one bit.  And to prove just how OK I am with your impending holiday, I'm going to be kind enough to tell you about two new products from the Vichy Ideal Soleil collection that you might want to check out.

These two came to Spain with me and the family and we all put them through their paces.  The Vichy Ideal Soleil Ultra Melting Milk Gel comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50, is €19.50 for that massive tube, and protects the skin from UVA and UVB damage.  It claims to provide ultra water resistant protection even on wet skin and unfortunately we couldn't test that out because the pool was baltic.  If I'd gotten in, I would have legit froze the diddies off myself and no review is worth that!  The milk-gel absorbed into skin quickly and gave a soft velvety finish, meaning I didn't have to walk around waving my arms and legs trying to get it to sink in.

The Vichy Ideal Soleil After-sun in-shower or on dry skin has the longest name ever for a product, but we won't hold that against it because it's very intriguing altogether.  At the moment there are a couple of in-shower tans on the market and when I heard about this, I wondered why I hadn't thought of it before.  I'm not a fan of having to apply after suns having been smothered in a Nivea one for most of my childhood and the thought of it gives me worms.  It always left my skin feeling sticky and like there was a layer of product sitting on top of my skin and so I stopped using it and started using regular body lotions.  Now this after sun can be applied over clean wet skin in the shower, should be rinsed off and then you can go about your evening happy out.  Or for a more intense level of nourishment, it can be applied over dry skin and it feels like a dry oil in texture and in finish when you use it.  It's lightly scented, contains Shea butter, four beautifying oils and vitamin E and is a doddle to use.  Now I can't say my skin looked any more beautified after using it, but I absolutely loved how my skin felt each evening.  The bottle is €19 and will do you and the family for your holiday.  The holiday I'm happy for, remember?

So there we have it, the newbies from the Vichy Ideal Soleil range.  By all means investigate the whole Ideal Soleil range if you're checking these out because you want to be completely prepared for your summer break where you'll be checking the Irish weather forecast every morning, just so you can gloat loads when you get back.  Don't deny it, we all do it!

Anyway, enjoy your holidays and bring me back a Toblerone ok?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Clarins Summer Collection 2016 - photos, swatches, review!

This year's summer collection from Clarins is small, but perfectly formed!  I've had it for a while, took photos of it in Ireland, wasn't happy with them so lugged it all over to Spain with me and it was totally worth it!

The Sunkissed Summer collection is all about getting the bronzed glow and having your makeup stay in place all day.  That pretty much sums up my makeup goals all throughout the summer because I can tend to suffer with the well known ailment of slidey-offy makeup during the hotter months.

Along with four waterproof eyeshadows comes the Bronzing & Blush Compact (€45) which is a sight to behold.  Clarins know how to do bronzers and each summer they bring out a corker, this year being no exception.  Now this compact is multifunctional in that it has two matte bronzing shades, a golden shimmery bronzey highlight and a peach blush in the centre.  It's my idea of cheek-ular heaven and I think it's absolutely beautiful both in the compact and on my face.  The bronze shades give a proper sun kissed glow to the face and the peach blush... Well, it's peach and it's me.  We're very happy together.

Having one's makeup slide off one's face isn't a good look.  Ever.  And I do not want my peach blush down around my jowls at the end of the day, so Clarins Fix' Make-Up (€28) promises to keep everything in place.  Along with being a setting spray, it also has skincare properties with aloe vera to help hydrate, Allantoin to help sooth and it acts as an "urban shield" too.  Mad Ted.  And it smells like roses.  If like me you don't wear makeup during the day on holidays, you can use it to refresh the skin during the day.  It wasn't hot enough in the evenings to test out it's makeup setting properties, but no doubt when the humidity appears here in Ireland, I'll be putting it to good use!

I'm not the biggest fan of waterproof mascaras because I find they're generally too thin in consistency for my liking.  You know me, I like my mascara like I like my men, nice and thick (too much?!) giving me lots of volume and thickness and I hate having to compromise on that in the summer.  Well, Clarins Double Fix' Mascara (€22) is what I've been waiting for all these years and I'm kind of annoyed with myself for not realising this was missing in my life.

Lads, this little tube makes all mascaras waterproof.... Or should I say that it acts as a waterproof barrier over your favourite mascara thanks to bitter orange tree essential wax.  I've been using it on my lower lashes with mascaras that smudge big time on me and it's amazing!  And it can be used on brows too.  So if anything else, our eye area will be looking fierce this summer with makeup being where it's supposed to be.

Joining Honey and Raspberry this year in the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (€21) family is Red Berry with its nourishing and comforting annatto seed oil.

Honey and Raspberry have been on constant rotation over the past year (you can read the post here and see that I have no originality whatsoever when it comes to me posing with these products... I'd no idea until I went to get the link!)  While those two don't give off too much colour, Red Berry gives a lovely juicy tint to the lips and feels as nourishing and looks just as glossy as the others.  It's now joined them in my handbag for the summer.

While this isn't a part of the summer collection, I wanted to give a little heads up about one of the Clarins Skin Boosters (€39), a new step to your skincare routine.  They've launched three of these; Booster Energy for fatigued skin, Booster Detox for congested skin and Booster Repair for weakened skin.  The idea is that you add three to five drops of these to your regular moisturiser or face mask to give your skin a boost.  I love this idea and will test it out properly and report back to you!

So once again Clarins have come up trumps with their summer collection.  Have you tried any of it yet?  And do I need one of the waterproof eyeshadows to test out?  For the blog like?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Some summer essentials ft Nuxe, Vichy, Kiehl's, Image Skincare & Emma Hardie!

While I'm lucky enough to have gone on my summer holiday already and am feeling the need to book something else so I have it to look forward to, I thought I'd talk you through some of the things I brought away with me.  My summer essentials if you will.  Now as a beauty junkie and product try-er out-er, this isn't everything I packed, but are the bits I loved and used every day.

SPF, you need it and if you're heading to sunnier places than Ireland, then SPF in your makeup won't be enough.  Usually they're around the SPF 10-15 mark and you need more than that if you're out galavanting.  The Image Prevention+ Daily Tinted Moisturiser (€44.50) has SPF30, gives a lovely light coverage which will have people saying you have a glow about you (totally happened to moi) and evens out the complexion beautifully.  Pale ladies will need to find something lighter in shade though, or be faked tanned because it's a touch dark, but still something I wore lots during the day and I didn't burn.  Except for the first day.

Let me set the scene.  We arrived and headed down to the shops to do the big food shop, but thought we'd be smart and have lunch first so we wouldn't be shopping on an empty stomach.  This meant we found ourselves sitting outside without thinking to bring SPF with us and ended up having to buy a bottle of stuff that gave me a weird reaction on my face.  That was never used again by me so for the rest of the trip. I used my Kiehl's Activated Sun Protector SPF50 (~ €28)which feels lightweight on the skin, doesn't feel greasy or sticky, needs a good shake before pouring it out and absorbs into the skin quickly.  It's unscented and kept my skin protected in the spanish sun, can't complain!

For the body, you can't go wrong with Vichy and their new Ideal Soleil SPF50 Ultra-melting milk-gel (€19.50) did my pasty limbs good.  I don't sunbathe but still like to lash this on when I'm out and about. This absorbed into my skin really quickly and can be applied to dry or wet skin which is good to know.  And it's worth noting that the Ideal Soleil range has ingredients including hyaluronic acid and glycerine to help skin stay hydrated throughout the day.  Extra protection is always handy.

If you're looking for a summer scent but don't want to lug a bottle of perfume around with you, then you need to smell the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Intense Body Lotion.  Part of Emma's Travel Kit, this lotion smells exactly like her Moringa Cleansing Balm and is helping to keep me happy while I try to bully her in to bringing out a fragrance!  I used this almost every evening in Spain and then proceeded to make everyone smell my arms, touch my arms and generally tormented them thanks to Emma.  Obsessed with this.

New from Nuxe this year is the After-sun hair and body shampoo (€12) and while it might be a fancier version of Wash 'n Go (who remembers that?!) because it can be used on the body and in the hair, we used up the whole bottle in the week we were away.  Last year we used up the matching SPF in a week and it smelled just as summery.  It didn't dry out my hair, helped break down any SPF on my body and left me smelling divine after my shower.  I'll be talking more about it in an upcoming post.

Back to Vichy and their Ideal Soleil After-sun in-shower or on dry skin (€19) which is a fabulous idea.  Back in the day when we were kids, Mam and Dad would always have us tormented with having to put after sun on in the evenings and it became a chore and a ritual we hated.  Now it's a chore that can be made a bit more interesting by using it in the shower.  So once you've washed your bits with your regular shower gel (or your Nuxe hair and body shampoo), you apply this all over your wet skin and then rinse it off leaving you with with soft, moisturised skin.  For even more hydration, you can apply it to dry skin too.  So no excuses if you've spent too much time out in the sun!

And those are the beauty essentials I had with me on holidays!  If you're heading away to the sun soon, do let me know so I can start to live vicariously through you!  It'll spur me on to book something else and start thinking about what products I'll bring away with me.  Any excuse eh?!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost collection review!

Every time I go into The Body Shop, I always end up visiting the Vitamin E range and smelling it.  Then whoever's with me has to smell it.  It doesn't matter if they've been with me before on previous visitations, they must go through the motions and have a whiff.  And anyone familiar with the Vitamin E collection will know what I mean.

Now, The Body Shop have improved their Vitamin E range with the addition of hyaluronic acid, so plumped hydrated skin shall be ours, ours I tell you!  The Vitamin E Aqua Boost collection is on counters now and here are just four of the massive Vitamin E collection.

I was sent these guys to test out, two newbies and two best sellers.  They came to Spain, they enjoyed themselves immensely and helped my skin so much after a weird reaction to an SPF we bought on the day we arrived.

The oldies but goodies

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet (€18.95) is one of those products that gives me a big question mark over my head when I use it.  Let me explain.  It's the texture.  Yes, it moisturises and hydrates my skin beautifully but it leaves the skin with a mattified finish.  That's not what I'm used to at all at all!  It almost has a silicon primer feel to it, but either way, it makes my skin feel lovely and smooth though and while it says it's for all skin types, I'd be inclined to recommend it to those of us of an oilier disposition.  But go check it out and feel the texture for yourself if you haven't.  Oh and don't apply lots or it will roll off your skin and that ain't a good look.

Next up is The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (€18.50/50ml).  This is one of their absolute best sellers and I was hooked after first trying it a few years ago.  It's a really lightweight moisturiser that I've been using day and night and is one of those face creams that makes me ask people to touch my skin and maybe smell my face.  The scent.... It's divine!  I've gone through countless pots of this over the years and love that it's been made better with the hyaluronic acid.

The newbies

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion (€16.50) prepares and activates your skin for the rest of your routine.  To be honest, it's a step I keep forgetting to do but need to get into the habit of using it to see if it makes a difference.  It's to be used after cleansing and when I did use it, I thought it felt nice on the skin.  Nothing to give an immediate noticeable difference, but maybe it's a slow burner.

Finally is The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion (€18.50).  This has an SPF30 which is the minimum I like to use on my face in the summer, gives UVA and UVB protection and again, smells gorgeous.  It absorbs quickly into my skin and my makeup goes on easily over the top.  Something like this is a good one to use during the summer because you're properly protecting your face in the sun, won't leave you looking sweaty or greasy and you can still apply your regular makeup and enjoy the nice weather.  

And so concludes my little show and tell from The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost range!  Do let me know if you've tried anything from the range, or if you'd like to meet for chats and visits to The Body Shop so we can smell this!  Body Shop lads, if you could bring out a body spray in this scent, I'd be eternally grateful.  Thanks v much.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Catrice Denim Divine collection overview & one palette two looks tutorial!

Any brand that puts a coral shade into an eyeshadow palette gets a high five from me and Catrice's Denim Divine collection not only gets a high five, but it gets one of the hands up to the sky emojis too because I'm so impressed with it!  With it's nudes, neutrals, navys and hits of coral, I'm in makeup heaven and despite it being on counters for a while now and will be gone soon, I had to tell you about it!

Where I was disappointed with Catrice's nude palette from the spring collection, this six shade eyeshadow palette, Injeanious, is the star of the show.   Of course I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous coral shade in the middle and the navy colour at the end, but the rest of the shades work perfectly together.

Obligatory arm swatches done, you can see we have three shimmers, three mattes and all lovely.  I wanted to go old school with my blog post today and do something I used to do years ago and show you two looks created from one palette.  This way you can see the shadows in action and give you a bit of inspiration too.  And no matter what, that coral shade was getting incorporated somehow!

1.  Take the coral shade and apply it into the crease, revelling in the fact that you're applying your favourite colour to your eyeballs this time, not your cheeks, lips or nails!  Ok, that might just be me, but trust me, it works and we're going to layer other shades over it so it'll just add warmth to the look.

2.  Take the shimmery bronze to the right of the coral and pack it onto the eyelid.

3.  While you're there, take it under the lower lashes too.

4.  Taking the matte brown shade between the bronze and navy shades, apply that directly into the crease with a small precise brush, blending the bronze and coral shades together.

5.  With a pencil brush, apply the navy eyeshadow in the outer edge of the eyelid in a wedge shape and if you're so inclined, take it under the lower lashes but only on the outer edge too.

6.  You're ready for mascara so take a second to admire your eyes.

Et voila!

It wouldn't be me without a smokey look and this one is super easy to do!

1.  Apply the navy shade to the eyelid, keeping it close to the lashes and not bringing it too close to the crease.  Then see that the eyeshadow actually looks black on you, not navy.  Not to worry, we're here to do a smokey eye.

2.  Taking the matte brown eyeshadow to the left of the navy shade, apply it into the crease and bring it down to meet the navy, blending as you go.  Blending is mucho importante with this look, so have a few clean blending brushes ready.  You can apply the brown shade over the navy one and if you lose any of the intensity of the darker shade, add more.  And blend.  Always blend.  Blend until you give yourself carpel tunnel syndrome.

3.  Using a flat eyeshadow brush, apply more navy to the outer edge, giving a bit of a cat eye shape and with what's left on the brush, bring it under the lower lashes.

4. With a fluffy blending brush, apply the matte cream eyeshadow to the brow bone.  We want to keep this all matte for now, so apply away and blend it into the outer edges of your crease colour.

5.  Apply a small amount of the light shimmery eyeshadow on the left of the palette to the inner corner.  It's easy to go overboard here, so take your time.

6.  Using the navy liquid liner and holding your breath so as not to mess your work so far, line the upper lash line giving yourself a flick as big or as small as you'd like.

I applied some black liner to the waterline to bring it all together and that's it!  A grand smokey eye that you could totally wear during the day or darken it up even more for evening time.

For €7.95, this palette is gorgeous and one to be checked out while the collection is still on counters.

Before I finish up the post, I needed to give you a heads up about the polishes in the collection.  I got given three of the five and at €3.50 each, they're totally purse friendly.  Or "I-just-spent-all-my-money-on-holidays-but-still-want-to-buy-beauty-products" friendly.  

Of course I knew I was going to love the coral shade, Fabricot, but on the nails, it's even more beautiful...  I just needed two coats of it for the photo below which is always a bonus and I know I'll get tonnes of wear out of it over the summer.  Dark Denim Blue is a delicious inky blue shade for fans of darker polishes in the hotter days but sit down for a second while we talk about Comfort Fit....  I do love nude nails in the summer and this one is FAB-U-LOUS!  Despite not having a tan, it makes me look like I've a bit of a glow and is super flattering on.  And what I mean by that is it's different enough to my pale skin to make me not look like I've mannequin fingers.  I had to use three coats for the photos which is standard for me and pale shades, but it's worth the extra couple of minutes.

So yes, the Denim Divine collection is most definitely worth checking out and because I've very behind the times on the blog, it's on stands now so if you see something you like, snap it up because chances are it'll be gone soon!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Makeup, clothing & homeware haul from my holiday!

No seriously, I'm back on a spending ban.  Big time.  I mean it.  If you want to know why, then watch my latest video where I talk you through what I picked up in Spain last week.  I was quite restrained in the makeup department all things considered, only getting a couple of things from MAC, a few bits from Kiko and one thing from Clinique.

And then there are the scarves.  All of them.... Let's just say I stocked up.  Along with props for blog photos which I will use someday for their actual purpose in life.  So sit back and see what I bought on my holidays!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

The one shadow smokey eye from Kiko!

Those of you who've gone in to a fully stocked Kiko shop will know how overwhelming it can be.  Everything is displayed perfectly and it's quite common to just stand there for a few seconds not knowing where to start.  The nail polishes are colour coordinated as are the lipsticks and it can be quite disconcerting not to have to root for testers because they're all there, ready to be swatched and are looking clean too!

Anyway, I go through the same motions each and every time I visit Kiko in Alicante and on my most recent trip there, I picked up a few products that I'll be blogging about, but had to give you a heads up on a single eyeshadow that was flung into my basket after swatching it.  Say hello to Shade 124 which is a piddly €2.90 and worth every penny and more!

The packaging of the single Kiko shadows are nothing to write home about, but for under €3, I wouldn't be expecting anything fancy.  Lightweight plastic, that's what you're getting.  But it's what inside that counts isn't it?

Described on the website as a "pearly dark dove grey", that's exactly what you get when swatching it.    It has a brown undertone to it with a stone grey and a lot of sheen to it.  When applied wet, the grey comes through even more and when blended out at the edges, the brown undertone is more noticeable making it a one shadow smokey eye!

For my eyeballs above, I started off by using a fluffy blending brush to apply a wash of colour all over the lids, blending out the edges with a clean blending brush.  Then I took a flat eyeshadow brush and wet it before applying the shadow to the lids and under the lower lashes, making sure to blend where the wet and dry shadow met in my crease.  Just to complete the look for the photos, I applied brown liner to the waterline, otherwise a smokey eye looks wonky on me and that's it!

This is the link to the eyeshadows but be warned, if you go on to the website for a look, you might be there for a while!  If you spend under €49, then shipping is €5.90 and above €49, shipping is free.

Let me know if there's anything I must try from the brand so I can pick them up after my spending ban is over!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Michael Kors Sexy Sunset review!

A perfume called Sexy Sunset was destined to come to Spain with me for a proper sunset photoshoot!   Say hello to Michael Kors Sexy Sunset, released last year in the UK but was recently released here in Ireland.  It was obsession at first spritz and it was then I knew I had to do it justice and bring it away on my holidays.

Inspired by the radiant glow of a sunset, even the bottle has a gradient effect that you can't see in the photos thanks to the actual sunset!  This is such a summer fragrance and puts me in a good mood every time I spray it.  It's really uplifting initially before mellowing into a really chilled scent.

Now, it's a fruity floral fragrance, but one for grown ups, not just the young ones out there.

Top notes: Nashi pear, blackcurrant, freesia, lotus flower accord.
Mid notes: Peony, gardenia, rose bouton, magnolia, jasmine sambac.
Base notes: Sandalwood, helvetolide, cedarwood, vanilla.

Things to note: I don't know what a nashi pear is but I wonder do they take ages to ripen and give you a window of about three hours to eat them before they turn to mush, have never heard of jasmine sambac and need to google what helvetolide is, but what I do know is that every one of the notes work perfectly together, making an addictive summer scent.  From the initial hits of sweetness and floral, drying down to a lighter, more rounded floral heart before the warm woody notes take hold, it totally brings you on a journey from day to night.

I was rationing it so the bottle would look nice for this post, but now all hell has broken loose and I've been lashing it on like there's no tomorrow in the hopes it will take away the post holiday blues and bring me back to Spain.

If you're on the hunt for a new summer fragrance, then it's definitely worth checking out and this one will be limited edition, so keep an eye out for it before it's gone.   Prices are 30mls/€55, 50mls/€79 and 100mls/€109, so all will fit in your carry on allowance.  And the 30ml bottle I was given to review will be totally in my handbag at all times this summer!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche L'Huile Nail Varnish - photos, swatches, review

Oils are everywhere at the moment aren't they?  From hair oils, to facial oils, cleansing oils to body oils.  Now L'Oreal Paris have developed an oil infused nail polish!  Sure where would you be going, but it kind of makes sense.  We're always being told to apply oils on the cuticles and nails to keep them strong and hydrated, so maybe the inclusion of oil in the actual polish will help things along?

Coming in 16 shades with a grand mix of nudes, brights and metallics, you'll be hard pressed not to find a shade or two that speaks to you.  We were sent three to test out and of course you'll know which one I fell in love with immediately.  Can we take a second to appreciate how lovely the bottles look.  They're gorgeous and I much prefer the crystal cut look compared to the regular rectangular bottles from L'Oreal.

The range itself promises to give "a deeper, more vibrant colour and greater shine in only a single coat." So on a sunny afternoon in Spain, Joanne and I got painting her amazing nails and I think from now on I'll have to use her for polish swatches!  If you follow me on Snapchat (LovelyGirlyBits), you'll have seen the behind the scenes of the photos and the lengths I go to for a nice shot!

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche L'Huile Nail Varnish - 664 Greige Amoureux
Greige Amoureux is one of those classic shades that instantly makes one feel very sophisticated altogether and as the name suggests, is the perfect grey/beige hybrid colour.  This definitely needed two coats though despite the one coat promise, but I knew that would be the case.  Nude and pale shades generally need more than a single coat but I'm loving this one and if you're in to mushroomy taupe-y shades, then check this out.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche L'Huile Nail Varnish - 442 Coral Trianon
Coral Trainon is coral.  And it's gorgeous.  It has a hint of neon about it on the nails and is summery perfection.  For the photos, I applied two coats but definitely could have left it at the one if it was real life.  It's one of the most gorgeous coral polishes I've tried so far (and I've tried a lot), and is one I would've picked up myself anyway.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche L'Huile Nail Varnish 550 Rouge Sauvage
There's nothing like a classic red polish to make me happy and Rouge Sauvage is a beaut.  Again, one coat would have been grand, but I applied two for the photos.  It's a really rich, vibrant shade that will instantly make you feel like a lady.  Ok, that part might not be true, but it's beautiful and should be checked out if you're a fan of a red mani.

Each of the three shades applied really smoothly with no dragging or patchiness and the shine you see in the photos above is just from the polishes.  No topcoats were used.  While making sure I had all of the info for the post, I read that the polishes have subtle rose scent to make your manicure a bit more luxurious.  We totally didn't cop that at the time of taking the photos but I've just applied some polish to my nails now and while I couldn't get a whiff of rose when layering it on, there's a definite scent when the polish dried.  It's not quite the traditional rose scent, but it almost smells like a L'Oreal lipstick.  You know the scent I'm talking about?  Anyway, it's a little bonus on top of a gorgeous manicure and while I'm sure the use of a topcoat would drown the scent out, it's a nice little touch.

The L'Oreal Paris Color Riche L'Huile Nail Varnishes are on counters now and at €7.59 each, you'd be hard pushed to come away with just one shade!

Which one is your favourite?


Thursday, May 5, 2016

New video! April favourites!

Ah, the video that took 5 days to upload in Spain is finally live!  I took a bit of a break from YouTube but now I'm back and talking about the products I loved in April!  I've got some skincare, makeup and accessories and the video is full of me pulling ridiculous faces and I only realise this when I edit each and every video!

If you head over to YouTube itself you'll be able to see the products mentioned listed in the description box.  So I hope you enjoy the video and I've already got so many more videos in the works!  I'm back bitchezzzzz!

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