Friday, April 21, 2017

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Addiction Lipsticks review, swatches, photos!


It'll come as no surprise that matte lips aren't going anywhere this year.  And thanks to newer, more moisturising formulas, I don't have to worry about my lips looking like a bum hole.  Yes, I used the words bum hole in the opening paragraph of my blog post.  Twice.  That's going to do wonders for my SEO.  New from L'Oreal Paris is the Matte Addiction lipstick collection and with 16 shades, I'm already wanting to check out the rest of them.  I was sent three shades and each of them are gorgeous!

They've the usual distinctive scent that only a L'Oreal lipstick has, but slightly less strong than other ones I've used in the past.  These are enriched with Camelia oil to make them more comfortable to wear, less drying and are packed full of pigment.  I mean it.  You're not going to need to keep swiping them over your lips because they pack a punch in the colour payoff department and are smooth and creamy too.  They don't fully set on the lips meaning there is some transfer but I'd rather that than dry lips!  I've been testing out Erotique all week and it lasts a couple of hours on the lips before I need to reapply and when it's time to add more, my lips are left lightly stained by the first layer.

Swatches time!

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Addiction Lipstick Shade 640 Erotique

It's only fitting that someone with a blog called Lovely Girlie Bits would love a lipstick called Erotique.  But it's stunning and I've been wearing it all week.  This peachy warm toned neutral shade was made for me and is one of the many neutral shades carried around with me in my handbag, ready to make me feel more put together at a moment's notice.  Love this a very lot.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Addiction Lipstick Shade 463 Plum Tuxedo

Plum Tuxedo was a lovely surprise when I started to apply it because I thought it was going to be too dark for me from looking at it in the bullet.  Instead, it's a bright, beautiful, wearable plum shade that instantly makes my eyes look greener.  I'm going to make it my mission to be not afraid and wear this shade out and about!

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Addiction Lipstick Shade 347 Haute Rouge

You know that reds absolutely terrify me and while I'm happy to sit at home and film in them, wearing them outside the house (or the office) makes me super self conscious.  Some day I'll go wild and wear a red out and about and based on comfort and shade, this is most definitely one that'll be on the list

They retail at €11.99 but at the time of writing this post, they're on offer in Boots for €10.49 and there's a 3 for 2 deal going on too.  I want a coral one.  But who buys one lipstick?  Which would mean I'd have to get 2, but then with the offer, I'd be mad not to get a third one for free.  And this is why I'm broke and have more lipsticks than sense!  But these are too lovely not to pick up more of!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Kerastase Aura Botanica - you're very spendy but absolutely deadly!

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A few weeks ago, I got the hair did and also went wild buying a shampoo and conditioner that cost more than my weekly shop, but are totally amazing!  I'd been meaning to get the chop for ages, kept forgetting, and month after month would go by and before I knew it, a full year had passed.  Bad blogger/human being wha!  As usual, I headed to Christian in Brown Sugar South William Street who I've been going to for well over 10 years now and he's The Actual Business.

Look at me trying to jujj my hair.

I wanted to keep a lot of the length (after saying that I didn't want it too short because any time it's too short and I try to curl it, I look like an absolute Toblerone) so he took a couple of inches of the ends and added some long layers around my face.  As he was drying the heavy wet out hair, it instantly felt lighter and bouncier and the shine was insane.  Now I know I'm technically challenged in the "Doing my hair myself" department, especially as I watched him putting GHD curls through it, but I figured I'd at least be able to wash and condition my hair successfully on my own with the products they used.  The girls at work had given me a voucher for Brown Sugar for my birthday before Christmas and I figured it was the perfect time to treat myself.  I bought this duo and couldn't wait to use them, hoping for the best that they'd give me the bounce and volume I need for my cheveux.

Say hello to the Kerastase Aura Botanica shampoo and conditioner.  Now, like all Kerastase products, there's a fierce amount of writing on the front in both English and French and I always feel like I need a dictionary when using them, along with not being able to remember the names of them ever.  People keep asking me what products I'm using and all I can remember is that the bottles are burgundy.  I'm not even entirely sure if they're just called Kerastase Aura Botanica or if I should be saying "Yes so I use the Bain Micellaire followed by the Soin Fondamental".

Because they both cost a fierce amount, I was going to save them for good use, but figured no, I want my hair to look lovely every day.  And so I've been using them every time I wash the cheveux, but am rationing them like a good thing, using the smallest amount each time.

The Kerastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire is described as a "gentle, aromatic shampoo for dull, devitalised hair" and that's pretty much how my hair always is.  I've really silky hair that goes flat about 72 seconds after I blow dry it and is weighed down by products so easily.  I wondered if the micelles in this shampoo would work the same way they do in micellar cleansers, attaching themselves to dirt before being removed.  And they do.  They really do.  Each time I use this shampoo, which is sulfate, silicone and paraben free, it lathers up quickly, does the job and leaves my hair squeaky clean.

The Kerastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental (that's a fancy word for conditioner) promises to intensely moisturise the hair and it does what it says in French on the front of the tube.  I use a small blob on the lengths of the hair, leaving it in while I do my other showery business and it rinses out without leaving any residue.

What I'm left with each and every time after washing my locks is swishy sleek hair with tonnes of volume.  But not the kind of volume that makes me look electrified or fluffy headed.  I've had so many compliments on said swishy hair with people asking what other products I use in it and it's just these!  I don't have time to faff about every day with products and am all about the short cuts.

I was reading some testamonials on the Kerastase website and a good few people said they felt that this dried out their hair, so that's worth noting if you've dry hair to begin with.  But I've not had that issue at all and would absolutely let you know if I had because these are super spendy.  My hair type is greasy roots and normal ends FYI.

Do you need to spend this much on shampoo and conditioners that are going to wash down the drain?  That's totally up to you.  You know your budget and I'm just telling you what's worked so well on my hair.  Typical that it's spendy wha!  I've already repurchased these because my hair looks and feels only deadly and did I mention the volume?

You can buy them in hair salons nationwide, online on Look Fantastic, on Feel Unique (where they're on sale at the time of this post going live), on Peter Mark and anywhere else you Google "Kerastase Aura Botanica Buy Online".  As much as it pains me and my wallet, this range is a game changer and a hair changer for me.  If you follow me on Snapchat you've probably a pain in your face from me harping on about my hair!

**UPDATE**  After posting this last night, the team at contacted me with a discount code for you, giving you 25% off all Kerastase products!  Use the code LOVELYGIRLIEBITS in the Discount code section in the checkout and save a few bob.  I'm not going to lie, I'm going to be using my own code.  Fact.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Highlight & Shading Palette review, photos, swatches!


A few weeks ago, I finally met Aimee Connolly, or as James Butler likes to call her "Sculpted by Aimee Connolly"!  She's gorgeous, an absolute sweetheart and as we chatted, I told her my age and we realised I could be her actual mother... Then I died on the inside for a few minutes...  But she said she'd popped one of her contour kits in the post to me that morning, so I forgot how much of a geriatric I am...  And she sent chocolate too.  I'll be your Mam for a palette and a bar of chocolate Aimee!

Anyway, get a load of the Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Highlight & Shading Palette, complete with accompanying brush.

Inside said trio we have a bronzer, a shimmering powder highlight and a cream highlight and what makes me happy is that the shades work really well on the cheeks and the eyeballs.  This is music to a makeup hoarder's ears.  Summer holidays are coming up and that means I try to cram as much stuff into my carry on as possible so multifunctional products are always welcome.

The brush is well shaped for me to carve out some much needed cheekbones and picks up a load of product, so I always make sure to tap off any excess or else I'll be Uber Sculpted by Aimee Connolly and while that's grand for a night out, for work, I need to use a light hand.  The warm toned bronzer adds natural looking depth to my face and shaves down my absolutely massive forehead beautifully.  It's blendable, buildable and doesn't look muddy on the cheeks at all at all.

The cream highlighter, Champagne Cream, is a great everyday highlight for my skin tone and I usually get stuck in with my finger, patting it onto the tops of the cheekbones that I've just sculpted by Aimee Connolly and also by me.  It gives a really pretty sheen that's great for me for work because in the office, I do not wish to shine bright like a diamond ok thank you.

The powder highlight, Golden Sheen, was made for the summer and nights out.  I will fully admit that the brush picks up so much product that you could see me from space with the highlight and while I do enjoy the whole more is more thing, I'll be saving going wild with it until the summer.  I'm thinking I'll look only massive sitting outside in Spain having a sangria with the sun bouncing off my face thanks to this.  For the photo below, I applied it with a brush and then patted it in with my finger for a more subtle glow.  A second or thicker layer of it would show up the golden sheen to it, but a light layer looks so much more natural and is more wearable for me.

Wearing it on the eyes is easy peasy.  I take the bronzer into the crease using a fluffy brush and blend it up towards the brow bone, softening the edges.  Then taking the middle highlight all over the lids, I am immediately transformed into a golden summer goddess.  Ok I have the eyeballs of a goddess.  Shut up you.  Just to be fancy, I take the cream highlight into the inner corner to make me look wide eyed and very fantastic and I'm good to go.

So I'm doubly Sculpted by Aimee Connolly and don't even know what to do with myself.  The palette is available on the Meaghers Pharmacy website and will set you back a very reasonable €24.95 with the brush coming in at €12.95.

Thanks for sending me the palette Aimee and the brush, and the chocolate and helping me forget I could be your Mam ok bye.  Ah no seriously, it's a gorgeous trio and will be coming on holidays with me for sure!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CND Rhythm & Heat Collection photos, swatches!


I'm still in my winter coat, so spring hasn't quite sprung for me yet, but I'm hoping some new polishes will help me forget that I'm still chilly on the willy.  Three of the six shades available from CND's Rhythm & Heat Collection arrived in the letterbox for me to play with and not a moment too soon.  And yes, I got a bit arty party with the photos!

Sugar Cane is a minty pistachio green shade that makes me crave mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Funny that eh?  I could've craved a healthy green smoothie but no, ice cream all the way.  Two coats gives a nicely opaque finish that's bright and spring appropriate.  Now, be back in a second while I locate me some ice cream ok bye.

Shells in the sand is a peachy polish of joy!  It's got a sheer formula though, kind of like a jelly polish that's see through instead of being creamy and opaque.  I applied two coats for the photos but could've done three for maximum opacity.  With the two coats, I could kind of see my nails through parts of it, but as I said, the third coat would've fixed that right up.  This shade would be gorgeous with a tan, so I'll have to learn how to put fake tan on properly and then I'll be sorted.

Splash of Teal isn't a shade I'd usually reach for but this one is stunning!  It's rich, bright and vibrant, all the things I'd like to be myself.... Two coats of this jewel toned beauty gave me full opacity on the nails and of the three shades, this was my favourite on.  It's the most forgiving of the three meaning because it's darker and more pigmented, mistakes are less obvious, unless you forget you've polish on and need to go to the loo or need to scratch yourself.  That gets me every time!

I've spoken so many times about the Vinylux range and how much I love the Vinylux Weekly Top Coat.  It's one of two polish collections that I can get a full week out of before chipping begins and that's unheard of for me!

The CND Vinylux polishes and top coat are €11.95 each and you can find your nearest stockist at and it's available on too!


Monday, March 27, 2017

Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream | #Ad

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I am a lady of a certain age now.  And I say lady in the sense of when kids are acting up in front of me, their Mums now say "Stop that now or The Lady will put you out".  Not The Girl.... No, I'm The Lady.  But sure listen, we're all getting older and I've about 89% accepted that.  Over the years I've tried to look after my skin and I think it's worked out well because when I say to people that I'm 40, their reactions make me believe that A) they've been working on their method acting and are saying what they think I want to hear, or B) I've been minding my skin.  But now is not the time to get complacent.  And that's where Olay comes in!

For the past few weeks, I've been trialling Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream as only a beauty blogger can - with notes, photos and thorough investigation of my face on a daily basis.  The brand ran a trial last month with 100 women trying Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream for 14 days.  Each woman reported back on their findings and a huge 84% said they'd recommend it to a friend.  I love a good study and was excited to see if I'd be part of the 84%!

Aimed at those between the ages of 30 and 60, Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream promises to help lift and tighten the skin.  And as I am in the thick of that age range and am firmly in the whole "age is just a number" camp, I just want to slow down the ageing process a bit.  I know it's going to happen to me, but slow and steady wins the actual race am I right?

With ingredients including vitamin B3 to help maintain the skin's moisture barrier, Pro vitamin B5 to help with the skin's suppleness and overall elasticity, my beloved glycerin which forms a protective moisture barrier on the skin and vitamin E which we all know helps moisturise the skin and protects it from free radical damage, I knew Olay were speaking my language and my face was ready for action.

It has quite thick texture in the pot, but when applied, this lightly scented cream absorbs into my skin quickly and dries to a matte finish, making my slap dash job of applying foundation while brushing my hair all the easier.  I'm a brilliant multi tasker and my morning routine is always a good 5-10 minutes behind schedule so having something that works quickly and effectively makes me want to use it every day.

I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to see quick results when it comes to skincare.  For me when using Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream, I first noticed the change in how my skin felt.  My cheeks felt plumper without feeling tight and there was a definite improvement in my skin tone all round.  It took care of the few dry patches on my forehead and cheeks and as the weeks have gone on, my skin is smooth, soft and firmer.  I'm lucky in that I don't have a huge amount of fine lines yet despite having a massive forehead and a ridiculously expressive face and I'd like to keep it like that for the next while thanks very much.

I know what it's like to be standing in front of a load of face creams and get completely overwhelmed.  There's such a massive selection on the market now that they all start to look the same.  And I know I might be showing my age even more now (but not through my skin right?) but Olay is a brand that so many of us know and trust.  They know we want results, we don't want to spend a fortune and we want to be able to walk into a chemist or shop and pick up something we recognise and know we can rely on!  If you're looking to get cracking with a proper skincare routine, then Olay's Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream won't break the bank.  And there's a whole heap of products in the Firm & Lift range if you really wanted to get stuck into a new routine for your skin!  Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Day Cream is on shelves now and will only set you back €14.  Grand job altogether!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Clarins Skin Illusion Blushes review with photos, swatches!


Every spring, I can always rely on Clarins to help me look fresh faced when I feel anything but.  They just get it.  And the Skin Illusion Blushes are no exception.  There are three in the collection and I'm hoping they'll bring out more, ooh or maybe a highlight version!  Anyway, back to the blushes at hand.  They've made the transition from winter to a bit less winter much easier and sure look at them, they're so dinky!

So we're talking cheek stamp blushes, the idea being when you open them up, one half houses the blush and the other half has the sponge applicator which picks up the pigment and boom, your cheeks are only gorgeous.

Clarins Skin Illusion Blushes
Clarins Skin Illusion Blushes L-R: Luminous Coral, Golden Havana, Luminous Pink
You probably thought I'd be all over the coral shade, Luminous Coral, and you'd be right.  I can't imagine a time when that won't be the case.  Me and my peachy corals forever!  It's a beautiful warm shade that will be on my face for months and will come on holidays with me too.  Luminous Pink is also stunning and is a lovely addition to a spring makeup routine.  Think dainty, ladylike cheeks.  I haven't tried Golden Havana properly yet and think it'll suit me better when I've a bit of a tan, but it's got a great colour payoff if dusky brown toned pinks are your jam.

Now to the application.  Being a perfectly round sponge applicator, you need to mind that you don't just bonk it onto your cheeks and hope for the best.  It's definitely better to pat it lightly over your cheeks being careful not to slide the sponge over the skin or else it'll look demented and we don't want to look demented.  Ok maybe sometimes we do.  On a Monday.  Without even trying.

I've perfected the method after learning the hard way that a light hand is definitely needed and the colour is easily buildable if you need a little more.  By patting the sponge lightly over your cheeks, you'll be grand.  If you're not, get a blush brush, soften it all and try again.

Clarins Skin Illusion Blush Luminous Coral
Clarins Skin Illusion Blush Luminous Coral
Clarins Skin Illusion Blush Luminous Coral
Clarins Skin Illusion Blush Luminous Coral

The texture is silky smooth and it never looks powdery or like you're wearing makeup, rather looking like your skin has a natural flush of colour.  The mirror on the lid is a nice idea but my face is way too big to be able to use it properly.  I need to see everything at once and assess the situation to see if less really is more, or more is very much more.  There's very rarely a day in my life where I don't have to go over my blush with my foundation brush because I've lost the run of myself.

If you're using a brush to apply the product onto the cheeks, I'd recommend pressing the bristles into the product rather than swirling, otherwise it's going to get messy.  Or use the sponge to apply the blush onto your cheeks and blend the edges with a brush.

No matter how funny you think it might be, don't try and be gas and apply two circles on your cheeks and get people to call you Aunt Sally for the craic.  You'll forget it's there and go about your day wondering why people are looking at you wonky.

I'm absolutely loving these and even better is that they're a very reasonable €20 and are on counters now!  Do we think the Mammies might like one of these for Mother's Day maybe?!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Benefit GALifornia blush review, photos, swatches!

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I haven't been this excited about a Benefit blush in ages and any product that makes me emit a noise when I first open it is always promising.  (I ooohed in case you were wondering).  Benefit GALifornia is going to make the long awaited transition from winter to spring a bit easier, so even if it's grey and dreary outside, a much needed hit of colour in the form of makeup will make have to do!

Now take a second and just look at it... Do you ever just look at a piece of makeup and think "Yeah, you're gonna make me happy"?  Yeah me neither.  Shut up you.

Now this is described as a golden pink blush, but it definitely looks more peachy/coral in the box and runs pinky/coral on me.  If you've been reading the blog for a while, you'll know I don't wear pink on my cheeks that often.  But give me anything peach or coral and I'm all over it.  Or it's all over me. You may have heard YouTubers say that a certain product gives them life and I'm not going quite that far, but this blush gives my cheeks life.  I can look miserable on the outside, feel miserable on the inside and a lick of this up my cheeks and all misery is hidden!

I was hoping the gold shimmer would run throughout the whole things but sadly it's an overspray, but fear not fellow lovers of a bit of glow on the cheeks, for there's only loads of radiance beneath it.  You can see the sheen in the pan and when applied on the cheeks, there's a proper "lit from within" vibe going on.  While I like my T-zone to be matte, I love my cheeks to have natural radiance with a pop of colour and GALifornia delivers all of the things I want!

It's lightly scented with grapefruit and vanilla and as soon as it's on my cheeks I can't smell anything which suits me.  And it hasn't broken me out yet either.  But you want to see what it looks like on don't you?

Cue the cheesy photos of my visage.

Even if I have a good swish around with my brush into the box, there's no kickback of powder and it literally glides over my skin like buttah.  It feels silky smooth to apply and sits beautifully on my skin.  As I have a tendency to go overboard with blush, and brows, and highlight, ok on all the things, I start off with a light coat and build it up slowly, layer by layer.

I know I'm going to get so much wear out of this over this spring and summer and beyond and I will do my best not to go overboard with it.  When I love something, I'm the queen of "Ok just a little bit more, a bit more, bit more, OK too much" so we'll see how this goes!

Benefit GALifornia is available on from and Benefit counters now.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Eyeballs by Catrice! Ft Rock Couture Extreme Volume Mascara, Slimatic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil & The Precious Copper Palette


Catrice, in all seriousness, how are you kicking ass with pretty much every new release?  I'm not expecting an answer on the blog or anything, I just wanted to say bravo and keep doing what you're doing.  A couple of weeks ago, I was sent some new products from budget brand Catrice to test out and of course, I started with the mascara and brow pencil. They've now proven their worth to me, came to London and are in use every morning as I try to get ready against the clock.

Mascara first.  Just when I thought Catrice wouldn't be able to top their Glam & Doll False Lashes mascara, they big fat did with this gem.  The Catrice Rock Couture Extreme Volume Mascara just does more, gives more, is more and I'm all about more is more when it comes to lashes.  The wand is only massive, like properly huge so if you don't mind something big coming close to your eyes, then you'll be grand.  I find it deposits enough product to give lots of volume to the lashes, but without weighing them down or clumping.  There are little spikes on the domed tip of the wand which helps add a bit of extra somethin' somethin' to the outer lashes along with coating the lower lashes.

It doesn't flake on me, it doesn't smudge and it keeps the curl all day, so when I'm going home from work boggle eyed, I still look relatively awake!  And hello, I totally forgot to mention the price.  It's €4.50.  Four actual fifty.  Would you be well?

Eyebrows next.  I've been trying out brow pencil after brow pencil for ages now and have found some brilliant products over the months.  The Catrice Slimatic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil has stolen my heart and helped my brows look relatively normal!

This has a twist up mechanism and a spooly at the end.  The pencil itself is teeny tiny meaning I can be really precise and do proper looking brow hairs and get a nice sharp edge.  It's a softer pencil than any of the other brow pencils I've used in the past and I thought it meant I was going to go overboard, but that wasn't the case.  And while I like to think it's because I know what I'm doing, it really isn't.  The product is just really easy to use.  Another worry I had with the product being so soft was that it might wear off during the day.  Usually waxier pencils stay put for longer but after testing it out, I can attest that it doesn't move for the whole work day and longer and it didn't come off when I was walking around London in the snow for the day.  It comes in three shades and I've got the lightest.  And here's the clincher.  It's €3.50.  I know!  I'll 100% be purchasing this myself because it's not often a whopper product comes along like this and is under a fiver.

It's worth noting that because the formula is softer than most other brow pencils I've tried, I have to twist up the pencil part a couple of times with each use.  Because of that, I actually finished this one after about 3 weeks' use.   That's the fastest I've ever gone through a product and I'm glad I waited on posting this so I could let you know that.  Now as I said earlier, it's €3.50 so I don't mind going through it quickly.  But let's say I got a month out of each pencil, that's €42 a year.  I get about 3-4 months out of the likes of NYX's Micro Brow pencil and Urban Decay's Brow Beater pencil.  They're €11 and €18 each, so do your sums and see what works best for you.

Finally we have The Precious Copper palette.  This is an aul beaut of a palette and if you like your shimmery metallic shadows, then you're going to love this.  I generally go for warm bronzes in the summer, but I can start early, it's ok.  The shadows are buttery soft and can be applied dry or wet, if you want a really foiled metallic look.  They blend easily and once you tap off the excess and I haven't had an issue with fall out when lashing it on.  I always use primers with every eyeshadow I use as I've oily eyelids and everything creases on me and once I prime the lids, I'm good to go for the day with these shadows.

Something that I've found when using these shadows is that they need a topper upper if you've done a bit of blending.  What I mean is, I generally apply shadows like these with a flat eyeshadow brush as they pick up lots of colour.  The shadow goes on with a grand hit of pigmentation and it looks properly metallic and shimmery on.  But if I go to blend it out at all, it's like the top layer of shimmer gets brushed away and I'm left with a satin finish, which is still lovely and wearable for work.  But if I want to go a bit wild, I pat on a second coat and try not to blend it too much.  For €5.50, it's a gorgeous palette that would be great for summer holliers.

I'm totally impressed with these three products and the fact that they're bargain-tastic makes it all the better!  I've had so many snaps from people who've picked some of these up and this makes me happy because I'm totally confident that they're going to love them.  These products are on Catrice stands now nationwide and in Penneys and if you don't see them yet, keep checking because some stands can be slow to stock new bits.

Think you'll be trying any of these products?  And FIY, I'll be showing you this look in an upcoming video!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Video! February favourites!

Last week, the stars aligned and I was finally able to film a video!  To get myself back into the swing of it, I filmed one of my favourite types of videos - a monthly favourites.  I love waffling about things I love and I managed to cut it down to the core favourites that haven't left my face, that I've tormented you with and can't live without (until I try new stuff obvs)...  Have an aul squiz at the video and let me know what you've been loving lately so I can add it to The List Of Things Wot I Want To Try Ok Thanks Bye.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

MAC Lip Scrubtious review!


I'm doing my best to live a sugar free life right now.  Ok, maybe sugar reduced... Girlfriend still needs a cuppa tea and a biccie in the evenings, but when it comes to beauty products that have sugar in them and are required to put on one's lips before licking it off, well listen, I just have to do what's required of me.  For the blog and all.  MAC have launched five new lip scrubs called Lip Scrubtious, which I can never remember.  I keep calling them Scrubalicious.  Sang to the tune of Bootylicious.  Not the right name Karen.  But look, isn't this one super cute?

There are five in the collection and I was sent Candied Nectar, the shade I totally would've picked out myself.  With ingredients including jojoba seed oil, shea butter and grape seed oil to help condition and nourish the lips after scrubbing them with the sugar, this is the only scrub I've used and haven't had to apply a lip balm immediately after because it leaves behind a slightly tinted oily sheen that helps keep my lips softer for longer.

Now I've used (eaten) many a pot of Lush's lip scrubs and they're grand and all.  They slough off dead skin but definitely have more sugar in them than the Scrubtious ones.  Both do a great job of getting rid of dry flaky bits, but MAC's offering clinches it just because it treats the lips afterwards.  I had to dig into the scrub to get to the sugary bits as there wasn't much on the top layer and it was weirdly satisfying to get stuck in!

Of course you could totally make your own lip scrub, but I'm not gonna lie, I'm a lazy oaf and the effort of life and all.  This is MAC, it comes in a cute pot, has helped keep my lips in the best condition they've been in for a long period of time and I wonder if the pot can be used for Back To MAC actually because this is one thing I'd definitely finish!

The Lip Scrubtious are €15.50 and while they're not a necessity, if you're on the hunt for a pimped up lip scrub that will also mind your lips, then they're worth checking out.  I'm loving using mine and am enjoying the sugar hit I get each time I use it and lick the sugar off!
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