Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick & Valentine lipstick photos, swatches, review!


When it comes to buying spendy makeup, I generally do my research and check out lots of reviews and swatches before handing over the cashola.  This did not happen last week when I bought two new lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury - Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick and Valentine KISSING lipstick.  These are both limited edition for Valentine's Day, but I can see Pillow Talk becoming part of the core collection because people are losing their shizz over it and when I say people, I mean me.  I am losing my shizz.  I've no shizz left.  I'm shizzless.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll probably have heard lots about Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, otherwise known as the deadly lipliner loved by beauty lovers everywhere.  And I judge myself a little bit for not wondering why there wasn't a matching lipstick before now.  But there is, it's one of the Matte Revolution lipsticks and it's very fantastic.  Valentine is one of the KISSING lipsticks, so it's creamier and glossier and those with dryer lips might find it more comfortable to wear.

I've had so many questions about the lipsticks since I got them, so let's get stuck in shall we?  The main question seems to be which one do I recommend for people and I've replied to each and every message the same.  "I don't feckin know!"  Depending on your colouring, these will look different on you, so the best I can do is show you swatches, photos and let you decide for yourself.

Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick
Ok, not going to lie, but as I was about to apply this, I was saying to myself "Please be as perfect as I hope you're going to be".  I know.  Shut up.  I love the Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk so much and hoped that the lipstick version lived up to it.  And it does.  It big fat does.  This is one of those "my lips but better" shades and is really flattering on my skin tone.  I'm a big fan of the Matte Revolution lipsticks anyway, Very Victoria being one of my all time favourite lipsticks, and Pillow Talk has the same velvety finish and doesn't dry out my lips.  Despite being called a matte lipstick, there's a decent amount of slip to it and is really comfortable to wear.

Valentine KISSING lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Valentine KISSING Lipstick
Valentine is a really beautiful delicate peachy pink nude which is generally a paler shade than I'd usually wear.  I always find light shades like this slightly less flattering to wear on me on their own because there's not much definition in my lips, so I found my Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, lined the lips and then applied Valentine, making it much more wearable for me.  This is a nude I can definitely get on board with.  It's got a lovely creamy glossy finish to it and I'm looking forward to wearing this lots this spring teamed with the lip liner.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pillow Talk & Charlotte Tilbury Valentine KISSING Lipstick
Of course the weirdo in me wanted to compare the Pillow Talk liner with the lipstick just to see how matchy matchy they are and only if you look really carefully can you see that the liner is ever so slightly lighter than the lipstick.

Of the two shades, Pillow Talk is definitely the more wearable for me.  It just suits my complexion a bit more and is easier to wear.

A few people asked me how similar Pillow Talk is to Very Victoria so I thought a few photos might help.  Very Victoria is slightly browner (can I see hints of grey?) than Pillow Talk and slightly cooler toned too.  To the normal person, they're very similar altogether.  To the non normal person, the beauty obsessed, they're completely different and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

While I was taking all the photos last weekend, I thought I'd compare Bitch Perfect to Pillow Talk as well and at the time of application, they looked completely different. Like not even a bit similar.  In the photos though, yeah, they're very similar.  But not the exact same.  Bitch Perfect has more orange to it and has a glossy finish.  And thats where the differences finish!  But hopefully it'll help you decide whether it's worth picking Pillow Talk up if you have Bitch Perfect and Very Victoria.

Pillow Talk and Valentine are limited edition and aren't available in shops at the moment but I'll let you know if that changes.  I bought mine from the Charlotte Tilbury website for €30 each.  Madness but sure listen, they were for the blog and all!  So tell me this, do you think you'll pick one (or both) of them up?  


Thursday, January 26, 2017

New! Lancome Juicy Shakers!


Launching in February are six new additions to the Lancome Juicy Shaker family and now that I've tried these two, I feel the need to try some of the originals.  If you're a fan of lip oils, this might be right up your street and around your corner.

The bi-phase oil solution mixes together when you give it a good shake and it's very satisfying altogether watching the pigmented bit amalgamate with the oily bit to become one bottle of colour.  Let's talk about the oils for a minute.  These guys have sweet almond oil, omega 3 and cranberry oil in them and yet don't feel greasy or particularly oily on the lips.  This makes me happy.  Instead what you're left with is a non sticky glossy finish to your lips.

Can we take a second to talk about the sponge applicator?  Yeah, I'm going to need all of my lip products to come with this type of soft, squishy cushion.  I'm not going to lie, it's almost too pleasant a sensation using this on the lips.  Try one and you'll be hooked as well.   You may or may not be sitting in your office just having a good time using this only to get a weird look from a colleague... Just saying... After giving the Juicy Shaker a grand shake, just enough product is left in a little well where the applicator sits, so it picks up as much product as you'll need for one application.  Or if you're me, you'll go back for two or three goes, just because.

I was sent two shades, both of which are very lightly fragranced and aren't very pigmented.  But to be honest, I'm kind of ok with not having yellow lips.

Banana Sleep has the barest hint of a banana scent and has the teeniest amount of fine glitter running through it.  And yet I love it.  It's just a big colouredy bottle of yellow goodness that looks like a clear gloss on, but leaves my lips feeling nourished and hydrated.

Cloudy Candy has a faint cotton candy scent, has even fainter glitter than Banana Sleep, and I've been loving it!

This has a little bit of pigmentation when applied to my lips and to be honest, if it came out on my lips true to colour like in the bottle, I wouldn't be using it because it's not my shade at all.  But this wash of light pink over the lips, I can totally deal with and the pink gets stronger the more layers I put on.

Now I am known to lick product off my lips and would estimate that my insides are about 42% lip balm, so I usually reapply these after an hour or so, or when I feel like getting up close and personal with the applicator.  I think if they had a thicker, oilier consistency, they'd stay on longer, but I don't know if I'd like the feel of them on then.

The six new shades will launch in February and will be €22.  I'm definitely going to try some of the original shades because some of them look like they've got more pigment and it'd be a sin not to pick one or four up wouldn't it?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick review, photos, swatches!


This isn't a new launch, but I couldn't not blog about it.  Lads, Maybelline's Master Strobing Stick has just catapulted itself to the top of my highlighter list.  It comes in two shades, light and medium and at €10.75, it's pretty reasonable and I think if you were to do one of those blind test yokeys, you'd think this was a fancy highlighting stick.  From a spendy brand.  Rhymes with FNARS.... Just saying...

I generally prefer stick cream highlights over powder ones, especially for during the day because it looks more natural on me and while I wear a decent amount of makeup at work, I don't want it to look like I do.  All about faking it!  I've been getting stuck into the light shade as I'm super pale at the moment and know when summer hits (it is going to hit isn't it??) the golden hued medium shade will be perfect.  But for now, I'm all about that pinky champagne life.

You can see in the swatches below that there's no mad chunky glitter in these.  They're nice and smooth, leaving a natural soft sheen to the skin and the best part is that they dry to a powder finish, but still look dewy.  Highlighters that stay sticky and wet drive me bananas as my hair ends up sticking to my cheekbones and that ain't a good look.

Like most other cream highlighters I've used in the past, I tend to dab it directly onto my cheekbones and use my finger or a beauty blender to blend it out.   I give it a minute to set and boom, highlight is literally on fleek.  I look healthy (even though I'm not), I look like I've nice skin (even though I don't) and I look like I know how to blend (ok I totally do know how to do that).

Maybelline's Master Strobing Sticks are on stands now, so if you feel like treating yourself come payday (let's be honest, we can't spare a tenner at this moment in time due to being paid 2.5 years ago), definitely check this out!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

My new love - The Olympus Pen E-PL7!

Over the past few weeks, I've had a number of questions about my new camera, the Olympus Pen E-PL7 and what I think of it.  It's still early days and I haven't even scratched the surface when it comes to getting to grips with all of the features, but I thought a little first impressions overview might help anyone thinking of buying one, and by all accounts, there are a good few of you!

After about 6 months of research, googling, searching Youtube for reviews, switching back and forth between two cameras, I bit the bullet and decided on getting the Olympus Pen E-PL7!  My family got it for me for my birthday along with the 45mm lens (more on that later) and thanks to it, my blogging and photography mojo is back with a bang!  I've always been a Canon lover and was back and forth between the EOS M10 and this one, and I discovered a website which helped so much, www.cameradecision.com where I was able to compare loads of different cameras.

I've been blogging for nearly 6.5 years now, starting off with a small Canon point and shoot camera, before investing in my Canon Rebel T3i (600D) over a year into the blog.  That was the best investment for me at the time and I can't see myself ever getting rid of it yet.

Why did I want a new camera?  Apart from the fact that I love the photography aspect of blogging so much, my DSLR is big and bulky and I want to be able to bring a decent camera with me to events and on holidays.  I was itching to get something new, to learn how to use it and up my Instagram big time.  I'd lost my photography mojo along with my blogging mojo and it's hard doing this sans any kind of mojo!  Also, I compared the E-PL7 to the E-PL8 which is the newer version, and didn't see any major differences in features to warrant spending the extra money on the 8.

As I said earlier, I'm still learning the basics of how to use the camera and I'm excited to be back creating lovely images for the blog and Instagram.  As I can't do a review of all features yet, here's a little list of pros and cons.

Actually, speaking of all of the features, I wanted to mention this quickly.  I know there are amazing photographers out there, bloggers and otherwise who are all about the ISO and aperture when it comes to photographs.  There are courses out there that can teach you all about it and if  you've the time, money and inclination to learn all about it, then that's fab.  I'll just say that every single photograph I've ever taken for the blog and Instagram has been taken with the auto settings of my camera.  Don't feel like you have to pay for one of these courses to teach you how to use your camera in order to get lovely photos.  Pick up a camera and click away.

Pros of the Olympus Pen E-PL7

I love the Pen because it's portable.  I can fit it in a little pouch along with my 45mm lens and carry it about with me.  And that's one of the main reasons I wanted it.  I've ordered myself a long shoulder strap on Amazon so I can bring it to London next month and not feel weighed down by the size of it!

The tilt screen.  For those who love their flatlays, this is a deadly feature because you don't have to stand on a chair to look down and stand over your flatlay.  The screen flips out meaning you can hold the camera directly over your flatly and you can see everything!  I love this feature and the screen can be moved easily no matter what your position.

I can use my phone as a remote.  I downloaded and installed the Olympus app which lets your phone act as the viewfinder and as the remote.  I can see myself on the screen and while I think this feature is handier if you're into your fashion shots, it's good if you're trying to do group shots too and couldn't be bothered trying to wrestle with the self timer

The screen flips down.  This is a pro and a con.  The pro is that it's less obvious when you're looking at the screen when filming (one of my biggest pet peeves is when people keep looking at themselves in their viewfinders instead of into the lens!).

I can upload photos directly to my phone.  This was a major feature that swung the vote for me.  Not having to take the photo on my camera, take the memory card out, put it into my laptop, upload the photo into Picassa, edit it, then email it to myself before opening it on my phone and saving it, is life changing!!  The camera has it's own wifi meaning you can connect your phone to it anywhere at any time, no home wifi needed.  All I do is upload the photos to my phone, edit a bit and boom, I've upped my Instagram game loads.

I can use the touchscreen to take photos.  This is handy if I have the camera on a tripod and don't want to use my phone as a remote.

Cons of the Olympus Pen E-PL7

The screen flips down.  I spoke about the pro above, but the con having a screen that flips down means I can't sit the camera on a flat surface if I'm filming and while I can attach it to a tripod alright, the screen is hidden by the tripod.  I've gotten around this by getting one of these for now, but have my eye on another one that doesn't hide the screen at all.

Not having a remote.  I'm in the process of researching external remotes because while using your phone as the remote and viewfinder, it's a bit slow for me.  When I'm doing photos of my face or eyes for a blog post, I take a lot of photos.  We could be talking upwards of 30-50, and quite often it's a bit more.  I want to be able to keep my eyes on the flip down screen and snap away, changing my angles to make sure I've too many shots rather than not enough.  While I can touch the flip down screen to take a photo, it's a bit faffy.  So I'll be getting an external remote like I have for my canon.

Not having a viewfinder as well as the screen.  Sometimes I love pretending I'm a fancy proper photographer and looking through the viewfinder!  This isn't a major con by any means.  It just sometimes helps me frame the shot when I'm taking photos.

The magic 45mm lens!

You know I love a bit of blur in my photos and the 45mm lens is the equivalent of Canon's 50mm lens which I still love loads.  It's a prime lens meaning it doesn't zoom, so if you're out and about taking photos, then have comfy shoes on because you'll be moving around lots!  For product shots, all I do is set up the photo, point and click.  I usually have an idea of what I want the photo to look like and the lens does all the work for me!  I took this photo as part of a TK Maxx campaign I was working on with them and it turned out exactly how I'd imagined it and all I had to do was point and click.  These photos were all taken on the auto settings and I just lightened them in Picassa.

Joanne got my camera in the Camera Centre in town after learning from a shop in the UK that there was a problem with production in the factory because of an earthquake last year.  I'm not sure how accurate that is, but from looking online, it's definitely hard to find!  It's around the €570 mark, so it's definitely not cheap, but I'm loving it so much.  It seems to be available to buy on Amazon through different shops, but half the reason why we got it in Ireland was if anything was to go wrong with it that we'd be able to go back to them to sort it out.

Camera Centre - from €529
Currys - €569.99 (currently out of stock)

The lens seems to be cheaper on Amazon at £189 but is a brilliant bit of kit for my camera!

So if you were thinking about investing in a new camera, I hope this helped.  Now, I'm off to get stuck into taking lots of photos for the next couple of weeks!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Fatale mascara review, before & after photos!


It's not too much to want lashes blacker than my soul is it?  Yeah, didn't think so.  I have my core favourite mascaras that I use on rotation all the time and in recent months, I've a new addition to the pack.  Say "Bonjour, ca va, je m'appelle Karen, ou est le centre de George Pompidou?" to the L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Fatale mascara.  It's also very important to say the word fatale with lots of drama in your voice.  Say it.  "Fatale darling".

Anyway, the L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Fatale mascara has what they call a multi-layer millionizer brush.  Not a baldy notion what a millionizer brush actually is or does, but I love a made up word and make my own up all the time.  Millionized lashes sounds feckin' epic...

The brush and formula work perfectly together giving me fluffy thick lashes which stay curled all day.  See having a bit of curl all day makes for a wide eyed look and as we stumble through the longest month ever in life, we need all the help we can get.  The brush does a great job at stopping any potential clumping and the formula is thick enough to give me volume and thin enough so I can apply a couple of layers without the risk of spider lashes.

One coat gives me a grand bit of oomph for work and two coats is perfect for a stronger eye makeup look.  I've not had any problem with flaking or smudging, unless I forget I'm actually wearing it and rub my eyes which happens every single day of life whether I'm wearing this mascara or another one.

I never really understood the difference between all of the Volume Million Lashes mascaras from L'Oreal and maybe I never will, but what I do understand is L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Fatale is the best of the Volume Million Bajillion Squillion range and I'll repurchase this myself no problem when it dries out.

It's a respectable €14.99 and is on stands now.  Think you'll be trying this yourself?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ultimate chats - back blogging!

So we're halfway through January and for me, there are still two full weeks to go until payday... I know work were trying to be nice and all by paying us early, but getting spondoolies on the 21st of December means trying to make everything last for almost 6 weeks... I CAN DO IT!  Can't I?!

I thought it was high time for some Ultimate Chats and it's something I want to do more often this year, keep things a bit different rather than the blog just be about beauty.

As you can see, I'm back blogging again and it's about time.  Over the six years and 1,750+ blog posts I've written, I've had a few bouts of blogger's block but have always been able to come out of it.  Last year though, that was something else.  On a personal level and being a blogger level, it was a pile of crap.  You know me, I never get into the personal stuff on here, but I'll just say that 2016 kicked my ass, and the asses of my family and some of my friends like nowt else.  I found it nearly impossible to focus on anything else other than what was going on behind the scenes and for the first time since I started blogging, I wondered whether I wanted to continue with it.

I was in a cycle of wanting to blog about so many things, feeling completely overwhelmed with everything I wanted to do and needed to do and felt completely crap at life, and I wasn't able to blog at all.  I didn't have it in me.  I felt like I was a blogger who wasn't blogging.  I was embarrassed and completely mortified at being in any kind of blog awards so didn't push for people to vote.  I turned down speaking engagements that had anything to do with blogging because I felt like a fake.  I stopped going to so many events because I knew it would add to the self imposed pressure I'd already piled on myself in terms of not writing about the new products.  It was pretty bleak, but I have to say that Snapchat kept me going.

When I first started the blog back in 2010, it was a pure distraction from everything that was going on in my life at the time.  This time, it was part of what was going on and that's another blog post altogether.  Snapchat distracted me from it, from everything really.  I was able to show you new product launches, the same way I'd do if I was blogging, I got to take part in some pretty cool campaigns on my own and with my family (all disclosed as #ad! And that's another blog post too!), and I made more friends thanks to it as well.

I got some great advice last year and it was to remember why I started.  I started blogging because I love makeup and beauty a ridiculous amount.  I love trying new things and seeing if they're any use.  I want to help you find some absolute gems in the beauty world and letting you know what's new in the shops.  Having a full time job and a real life outside of blogging is hard, especially when you're bursting at the guts with new ideas but can't get them all done.  I've never hidden the fact that I'd love to do this full time and make a living from making content, be it here on the blog, on Youtube, on Snapchat or across social media.  Right now, I won't be leaving my job anytime soon, but I'm enjoying blogging again and that's the main thing.

A lot has changed for me in the past six months.  I don't do too well with change, but given time, I adapt and that's what I needed over the last little while.   My love for all things makeup and beauty never went away, it just got a bit lost in the shitstorm that was last year for me.  I'm hoping life has calmed down for a while now because I'm too old for all that crap!

This post could go on for ages, but I basically wanted to check in with y'all and say if you're still reading after all this waffle, thanks for sticking with me.

I'm back bitchezzzzzz!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Gold Obsession lipsticks review, swatches, photos!


One look at my Instagram feed and you'll know that I have a bit of a gold obsession at the moment with gold props appearing in the background of my photos.  And L'Oreal Paris' Color Riche Gold Obsession range is totally feeding into this love affair... I mean look at them...

I was sent these way before Christmas, I think when I'd moved out of the house for a few weeks, so in the madness that was moving back in and organising the house, they were put into a bag of things to test out and then Christmas happened.  Anyway, last week I gave them a go and I'm raging I left it so long to try them out because they're gorgeous!   The bullet itself has a matte finish so I was expecting them to be velvety and smooth which would have been grand, but as I've dry lips all the time, I was delighted with life to see that they'd a grand glossy finish.

I've seen these described as having a metallic finish, and while they do have slight metallic tendencies on the back of my hand, see the slight gold shimmer/glitter in them, on the lips, they are gloriously shiny and you won't have to worry about being transported back to the eighties, the time of bouffant hair and frosty lips.  Phew...

Containing vitamin E and omega-3 oils, my dry lips are loving these so much.  They glide on easily, feel really nourishing on, and because they're not matte, the wear time is only a couple of hours, but I can handle that.

Pink Gold Obsession is the most wearable of the three shades for me.  It's a soft, pretty neutral pink with a bit of peachiness to it that has my name written all over it.  This is in the handbag now for every day wear.

Plum Gold Obsession was a gorgeous surprise because I thought it was going to be way too dark for me, but I love it on!  Sometimes plum shades can look a bit patchy on dry lips, but not this beaut.  It's got almost a brown undertone to it and is so flattering on.  Oh and it makes my teeth look whiter and eyes look greener which makes for a good plum shade for me.

Nude Gold Obsession is definitely one that would look better on me if I'd a bit of tan on, or maybe if I had a dramatic smokey eye happening.  It's the least flattering of the three on my skin tone and washes me out a bit, but is just as comfortable to wear as the other two, I just won't be reaching for it as much.

There are five shades available, one being a pure gold topcoat which totally intrigues me.  They're €10.49 and have the distinctive L'Oreal lipstick scent if you're wondering.  Pink and Plum Gold Obsession are my absolute picks of the three!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

7 spring scents to help us forget it's winter!

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I know it's winter and all and will be for a while now, but something clicks in my noggin when January 1st hits and I'm all about those spring time fragrances.  January can be a really long and grey month and I kid you not when I say that any of these fragrances spritzed on and around my person instantly makes me feel happier and more awake.  They won't help me get paid any quicker, but they help me forget how mouldy broke I am and not only that, they lift my mood and give me hope that brighter days are coming!  Without more waffling, let me talk you through seven scents that I'll be rocking for the next few months.  And I know it's very early and all, but any of these products would be a grand present for Mother's Day!

This was Joanne's wedding day fragrance after I introduced her to it a couple of years ago.  She had no option but to try it out because I kept saying to her "Joanne Joanne Joanne Joanne smell this, smell it, smell my wrist" and she loved it.  She bought her own bottle and I got her a bottle of the matching lotion and she smelled only gorgeous on her big day.  I was sent a bottle a couple of years ago and this is my second bottle and that's saying something when I repurchase a perfume! (I'm a bit of a collector don't ya know).  This is a stunningly delicate white floral scent with top notes of neroli - that's orange blossom to you and moi - white daffodil, white water lily and white amaryllis at the heart of it with a soft woody base.  Basically it's gorgeous and you're going to want to glide everywhere you walk when you wear this.

This is a recent addition to my perfume collection and is one I've had on my wishlist for ages so when it was sent to me in the form of a gift set, complete with body lotion and roller ball perfume, I totally gave the box a little hug and waited patiently for Christmas to be over so I could wear it.  In terms of the fragrance, we're talking white florals again (you're going to see a pattern with this), but it's totally different to Dolce.  It's a cooler scent and maybe that's the Casablanca lily talking, but there's something calming about it too.  It's divine and I've the rollerball from this set in my handbag as I'm known to carry around a couple of full sized bottles of perfume... I know..

The Body Shop Moringa range (*) - €20.95/200ml body butter

If you like your white florals (I know), then you're going to love the Moringa range from The Body Shop.  This is one of the scents I always reach for every spring and each year, I tend to hare my way through a tub of the body butter and a bottle of the shower gel.  These are great morning time products because they put a pep in my step and I need all the peps I can get first thing in the day.  When I slather the body butter on, not only is my skin left super soft and smelling fabulous, but the scent stays put for ages and I don't need a perfume on top of it.

This is one of those scents that instantly puts me in better form and Mam loves this too, having bought a whole set of it the last time we were in the airport.  The front of the bottle describes that it uplifts, refreshes and captivates and while I'm not sure about the whole captivation station across the nation, it most definitely uplifts me and is the most refreshing of all the fragrances in the blog post.  I think come March, Mam and I will put a serious dent in her bottle of this!

Last Christmas, one of the girls at work Nicola, was given a bottle of this as a present and every time she wore it, I was like "C'mere and let me smell you".  Ok maybe I didn't go quite that weird, but close enough... I knew it was only a matter of time before I bought myself a bottle and so last spring, I treated myself to this stunner of a perfume.  I call this my posh perfume and love the mix of floral notes with a hit of citrus when you spray it first.  So if you ever see me looking different or even acting a bit more sophisticated, I'm wearing this.  It's a hard one to describe because it's not mad on the floral notes, but I've nothing like it in my stash and I'd advise you to do yourself a favour and give it a sniff next time you're in the shops.

There's no coping with the love I have for this range from Rituals.  I wore the body mist from the collection to Joanne's wedding a couple of years ago and every time I smell it, I remember that deadly day.  It kept me feeling clean and cool while I was running around like a lunatic!  I've got a repurchased body butter and body scrub from the range ready to be put into action and this body cream is part of a set Mam got for Christmas.  If you want to feel calm, tranquil, clean and fresh at the same time, then you have to at least give any product from this range a go because it's simply stunning.  It's a delicate floral scented bunch of products that need to be smelled to be believed and when you give it a whiff, you'll see why I've continued to purchase items from the range.

This is the sweetest scent of the bunch but surprise surprise, is nice and floral as well!  This is my third bottle of Cherry Blossom and it won't be my last because it's got the perfect fruity floral balance that an aul one like me enjoys.  There's a whole range of products with the gorgeous scent that will instantly transport you under a cherry blossom tree and put a smile on your face.  It's soft, bright and when I spray this (very liberally obvs), I know that spring is just around the corner!  We just have to get through this little cold spell coming this week and then we'll be grand!

So tell me this, do you have a favourite spring scent?  Am I missing anything obvious from my collection?


Monday, January 9, 2017

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation review before & after photos


High end foundations, I've not had the best luck with you over the years and yet I want to try you all. One that's been on my wish list for ages is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and Lovely Mammy Bits got it for me for Christmas, so I've been putting it through its paces since then.  I thought it'd be a good one to try out for the start of the year when my skin can tend to be a bit blah and sure listen, any excuse to add to my ridiculous collection of foundations!

I'd researched swatches online and was convinced I was going to be shade 3 or thereabouts as I'm grand and pale and don't wear a huge amount of fake tan.  Turns out I'm actually shade 5 which is the perfect match for me and it's not mahogo at all.  I think that's the highest number I've ever been in a foundation!

Usually one pump of a foundation is enough to cover my entire visage, but I need two of this to give me the level of coverage I want.  I'm not going to lie, using two full pumps for one layer kind of made me feel like I'd a massive face.  Like when testing out all foundations, I gave it a bash with my Beauty Blender and a round topped foundation brush on different days and both methods give me a lovely even finish that looks really natural on the skin.

With my oily t-zone, powdering is an absolute must with this, or using a mattifying primer, otherwise I'm a shiny nosed mess by 10 am.  Maybe it's because of the glow promising factor that it doesn't quite set on my skin and those with dryer skins will love it.  Oily folks, prime or powder and thank me later.

Right now, I'm changing up my skincare routine and along with that, going from being either freezing  or roasting, my skin isn't the best it's ever been.  What I've noticed is that this doesn't cling to any dry patches on and around my schnoz, and that always gets bonus points.  And what gives it extra points is that it doesn't look like I'm wearing makeup, it just looks like I'm having a good skin day and I think the before and after photos do a great job of showing that.  If I wanted an extra flawless finish, then I'd apply a second light layer and it's lightweight texture means that it's easily buildable and still doesn't look cakey.  I don't like cakey face, I like cakey in my face thank you.

So far, I'm loving it once I remember to powder my skin after applying it, otherwise I do be shining bright like a diamond.  At €45, it ain't cheap, but if you're in the market for an oil-free, lightweight, photograph friendly bases (there's no SPF so no flashback making it one of the go to wedding foundations).

Have you tried the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation yet?  And tell me this, what's your favourite high end foundation that I need to try next?
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