Wednesday, November 7, 2018

CND Vinylux Night Moves Collection - photos, review!

It's about to get twinkle-tastic up in here with the CND Night Moves collection!  And despite the four shades not being part of the actual Christmas collection, they inspired me to get the twinkles and glitter out, any excuse wha?

For those who have retired the summer polishes, but aren't quite ready to go properly dark or bring out the mad glitter just yet, the Night Moves collection might be just what you're looking for.  Now for those new to the Vinylux polishes, these are long wearing polishes that give you a week long manicure when used with the accompanying top coat.  I've had my nails professionally done in the past with Vinylux polishes and have gotten up to the ten day mark with them.  Now doing the nails myself hasn't proved to be quite as successful but I can get a good 5-6 days without any chipping!

Bellini is a warm bronzey gold shade that looks different depending on the light.  It's beautiful and understated, with it being more of a shimmer than a true glitter and I'm in love with it.  I love shades like this that allow me to be a bit glitzy, but I can still rock this every day because it's not too mad looking.

Come December, I'm all about the red nails and Kiss of Fire is one of the most beautiful reds I've seen in a long time.  It's a bright red with tiny red glitter pieces running through it.  Again, the glitter is quite subtle rather than being in your face and in some lights, it looks like a regular red polish, but when the light catches it, then the glitter comes to life!

Next up is Soiree Strut which is a pale champagne/grey shade with a pearlised finish that's not quite metallic.  It's the cool, calm and collected polish of the bunch and makes me think of snow and ice.  It's beautiful and a good one for those who want a bit more of a muted shade this winter.

Finally we have the ice queen of the four in the form of After Hours which is a pure silver sparkly polish.  This one is calling out for the Kira Kira app I tell ya!  It's sparkly, it's bright, it's in your face and if you're fed up with gold glitter on the nails in the winter, this is a welcome addition.

The Night Moves polishes are in CND stockists now and you can find your local stockists on the CND website.  They're €11.99 and if you're ready to embrace all things winter, you know what to do!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Christmas at L'Occitane!

Every single year, I look forward to the Christmas collection from L'Occitane and this year, they haven't disappointed!  They've teamed up with the French fashion house Castelbajac to give a constellation inspired makeover to some of our favourite products and the designs spill over to the Christmas gift packaging too.  And that's one of my favourite thing about buying gifts for people (or myself) from L'Occitane - you don't have to wrap them up because they're so beautiful as they are.

Red, blue and yellow is the colour scheme with hints of gold and white and I love that everything is bright and colourful and makes me smile.

There are lots of gift sets in the collection to suit all budgets, from haircare to skincare, body care to fragrance and the men's fragrances are just stunning.  I remember a couple of years ago they sent me a couple of the products from the Cedrat Collection which I wished I'd been able to wear because it smelled so good!  I gave those bits to Will and then bought my brother Stephen a set for Christmas that year.  So don't forget the boys when you're doing a bit of shopping in L'Occitane this year!

L'Occitane have two advent calendars this year - the Luxury one that's €99 and worth €126 and the Classic one that's €59 but worth €99.  The classic has been one of my favourites to open for the last couple of years and there's always a good mix of products that I keep aside for when I'm going away. As I always explain when I'm chatting about advent calendars, they're a good way of trying a load of different products from a brand without having to commit to buying the full size.

Check out some of the products that have their new Castelbajac outfits!

That hand cream trio above is €25, is worth €33 and along with the three products, you get that cute tin that can hold your bits.

And see the decorations below?  They'd make the cutest stocking stuffer/secret Santa gift and are one step closer to me having my own beauty tree some day!  The yellow star is the Verbena Festive Bauble with three minis inside and if you're a fan of lemon scented products, you'll love it.  It's €12, as is the rest of the baubles below.  The blue star is the Shea Butter Festive Bauble and that has three mini shea products, perfect for winter skincare!

The white bauble is the Almond Festival Bauble €12 which has three almond products inside and there's a red bauble too that houses some Cherry Blossom products.

Along with beauty baubles, they have two beauty crackers which are €10 each or three for €28.  The red cracker has two cherry blossom products inside and the blue one has two lavender products inside.  They'd make a gorgeous addition to the table if you were having the girls over!

But make sure to check out the gift sets as there are some great bargains to be had!

The Christmas collection is in stores and online now, so whether you're treating yourself, or someone else, you won't come away empty handed!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Luna By Lisa Lipstick and Pencil Duos review, photos, swatches!

Can we just have a second for the sheer force of nature that is Lisa Jordan!  She's brought out lip glosses, liquid eyeshadows, a hair treatment, a beauty bag, a face palette (more on that soon), and now lipsticks and pencil duos!

While matte lips are still having their moment and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere anytime  soon, it was a nice change to see that Lisa was launching creamy lipsticks.  I've dry lips at the best of times, but come winter, I need a little extra something in my lip products and the lipsticks are enriched with natural oils, so my scaldy lips and I thank you Lisa.

There are four sets in the collection and each set has a lipstick and matching lip pencil.  The packaging is beautiful with the rose gold lids, the white base and rose gold lettering too.  And the lipsticks close magnetically.  So needless to say I have to play with them a few times before actually using them and finishing using them.  I know.  Shut up.  It's the little things!

The lipsticks are beautifully creamy and so opaque when applied.  They leave my lips with a light sheen on them and they feel so comfortable on.  The liners are creamy and smooth too.  There's nowt worse than a dry liner that tugs and pulls on the lips, but these just glide right on.  Let's get to hand swatches and what they look like on the actual lips shall we?


Morganite is my favourite of the four sets.  It's the perfect dusky pink that suits my complexion, and I like that the liner is slightly darker than the lipstick.  This is the set I've been wearing loads and have been keeping in the handbag and is wearable for everyday use. Lahve it!

Ruby Flame

Fans of bright lips will be all over Ruby Flame!  Now this is a whopper shade for the summer, or for those who are much braver than me, but it's a beauty.  It's not for the faint hearted I tell ya because this is seriously bright, almost neon!

Nude Jade

Nude Jade is for those who love really pale lips and on me, worn on their own, the duo washes me out.  But I've been wearing the lipstick patted over Morganite, right in the centre of the lips and it works much better on me that way.  I think it would look better on me if I was rocking a dark smokey eye and with a gloss over it, but if you're a nude lover, it's definitely worth checking out.

Soft Citrine

Soft Citrine is a darker nude than Nude Jade, with peachy undertones to it.  It suits me so much better and is my second favourite of the four.  What I like about shades like this is that I can apply it without needing a mirror, so most times, before I'm about to walk into an event, I'll be lashing a lipstick on outside!

The Luna by Lisa Lipstick and Pencil Duos are available online now and are €19 for each set.  Which one is your favourite?
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