Thursday, April 4, 2019

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette review, photo, swatches, video, comparison!

When I first heard that Urban Decay where retiring the original Naked palette, I had all the sad feels because when it was released way back then, I think it changed the game when it came to eyeshadow palettes.  It was one of those "one palette does all" things and then they started bringing out more and more and more!  And now we have the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette.... When I first saw it, I'm not going to lie, I thought ah I won't need that, sure it's pretty much the same as the original one.

I was wrong.  Continue to read please ok thank you.

This is what she looks like and if you're a fan of daytime appropriate, soft nudes with warmth and shimmer, then you're going to love this.  Keep reading so you can see what the shades look like compared to the original Naked palette. I love the fabric packaging as it's a lot more streamlined than any of the other Naked palettes, but I wonder about how messy it will get and how easy it will be to clean.  Only time will tell!  It doesn't come with a brush either which makes me happy because I aways lose them and they take up valuable space.

I've swatched all of the shades below and if you continue down, you'll see two looks I created along with a video showing the palette in action too.  There's a good mix of mattes and shimmers and most of them performed really well on me.  The shade Reputation (top row in the photo below, second from the right), applies better with the finger and the same goes for the shade Dreamweaver (bottom row second from the left).  That one was the driest and chunkiest of the lot, but applied better by smoothing it over with my finger.

For me, this is a really easy to wear palette.  I can't see myself doing anything too dramatic with it and that's grand with me!  I love palettes that I can whip on on a daily basis and this is exactly that.  If you want to see what shades I used to create the really easy looks below, scroll down and watch the one minute Instagram video.  I wore these two looks for the whole day after filming and without having primed my lids, the shadows stayed put all day with no fall down.  The shimmers are so smooth when applied to the lids which I just love because while I do love a bit of glitter, sometimes it's a bit too much for me for first thing on a Monday morning!

Now to compare the original palette and the reloaded palette.  Now my original one is millions of years old and in terms of texture, the shimmers on that one were a lot easier to work with using a brush, but the finish wasn't as subtle or grown up. I love the addition of that bright coral shade Retro to the reloaded palette and there are definite leanings towards the more rose gold end of the colour spectrum with it.  So I don't think it's a replacement palette at all, it's more of an updated version and I love it.

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The Urban Decay Naked Reloaded palette is currently on sale on the Debenhams website at €38.25 down from €45, so there is a bargain to be had!  Will you be picking it up?

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How to spot clean and deep clean your makeup brushes!

Cleaning my makeup brushes is one of my least favourite jobs ever.  EVER.  The truth is, I'm just lazy when it comes to cleaning them.   It takes minutes to do it and I feel very smug after it's done, but what do I do when they're all clean?  I let them build up until I run out of clean brushes to use and then lose the will to live.  Every.  Single.  Time.

But thanks to the distractions of podcasts and YouTube videos, and with some whopper products, I can get through them pretty quickly before they all start to build up again, but sure listen.  Be grand.  I filmed a video showing how to spot clean my makeup brushes and how to deep clean my makeup brushes and both methods involve products I've been using for ages now.  Head to the bottom of the post if you want to watch the video.

Spot cleaning my brushes, particularly my eyeshadow brushes, is a doddle thanks to the Ella & Jo Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser (€20) and I'm on my third bottle now, such is my love for it.  It works really well on my flat eyeshadow brushes, pencil brushes and fluffy brushes and my experience is that generally, I need to give each brush one or two rounds of it.  For more stained brushes like you'll see in the video below, I need to give each brush a third go, just so it's properly clean because lads if I'm going to the effort of cleaning the brushes, I want to do it properly!  Not only does it clean my eyeshadow brushes, but it disinfects them too, so happy days.

I don't really use the Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser on my foundation brushes or bigger face brushes.  I tried it out with them when I first started using it but found I was going through the stuff at an ungodly rate because it was taking more product to break down the creams and liquids.  So I tend to just deep clean the bigger brushes now.

For deep cleaning my beloved brushes, I love the Blank Canvas Cosmetics Brush & Sponge Soap (€15).  The tin is huge, I can get stuck in with a couple of brushes at a time and it makes quick work of removing the product, even the foundations that are bet into the hairs!  These tins last for ages and leave the brushes feeling nice and soft, ready to paint the visage again.

If you want to see how I use these products, make sure to watch the video below!  I show you how to spot clean and deep clean and hopefully it'll help make the chore of brush cleaning a bit less painful!


Monday, April 1, 2019

Two of the best budget mascaras I've tried in ages! Flormar & Catrice!

Mascaras are my favourite things to test out because the photos always speak for themselves.  And usually I'm the queen of the budget mascaras, but I'm not going to lie, I was disappointed with the affordable launches last year, so when I was going through my favourites of 2018, I had two budget favourites and a whopper six high end favourites.

But fear not, because 2019 is shaping up to be a good one for those who love a bargain, who like trying new mascaras and who want gorgeous lashes.  Now I'm not sure if these two have launched this year or before, but I've only tried them for the first time in recent weeks, but no other mascaras have gotten a look in.  So behold two of the best budget mascaras I've tried in a long time, and are so good that I can't pick a favourite between the two.

The Flormar Precious Curl Carbon Black Mascara and the Catrice Glam & Doll Boost Lash Growth Volume Mascara are new to me and were sent by the brands and for that, I and my lashes thank them kindly, because they're true love.

After falling in love with the original Precious Curl mascara from Flormar a couple of years, I wondered how the Precious Curl Carbon Black would compare.  It has the same thick, curved bristled brush that those aren't fans of plastic wands will enjoy, but it's still just as big, so care is needed because it's still easy to poke myself in the eye with it.  In terms of results, the original Precious Curl and Carbon Black are pretty similar and the only difference I can see is with the application.  It doesn't take as long to build up the length and volume with Carbon Black compared to the original.

If we go back even further to 2016, you'll be able to see my first review of the Glam & Doll False Lashes mascara from Catrice and I bought so many of those tubes over the years, such was my love of it!  They brought out a couple of different variations since, but none compared, until the Glam & Doll Boost Lash Growth Volume Mascara.  This is said to activate lash growth over six weeks and while I can't comment on that as I never took before photos of my lashes back then to compare, what I can say is that as a regular mascara, it's brilliant.  It has a small plastic wand that makes it easy to reach all of the lashes easily, both top and bottom and does a great job of layering the product on while combing through the lashes too.

I thought I'd do a bit of a different comparison this time, and have one mascara on each eye, so you could compare them to bare lashes and to each other too!

On the left is the Flormar Precious Curl Carbon Black Mascara and on the right is the Catrice Glam & Doll Boost Lash Growth Volume Mascara.  You can see that they're pretty close to each other in terms of finish and I'd say I could easily go about my days with one on each eye and nobody would notice!

In terms of the formula, the Flormar one is slightly dryer than the Catrice one, and so it gives a slightly more fanned out effect.  The Catrice one doesn't clump by any means, but because it's slightly wetter, it just gives slightly less volume, and I mean slightly.  You can see what I mean in the photo below where I'm looking up.  And you might not be able to tell the difference, but as a mascara connoisseur, I see everything!

I'll note that neither of them clump on me, they don't smudge or flake and stay put all day.  Now I powder under my eyes every day no matter what, so that's worth remembering if you have issues with mascaras smudging under your lower lashes.  That usually happens when the product comes in contact with the oils on your skin, so by me powdering there, that takes care of that.

Above is the Flormar Precious Curl Carbon Black mascara and you can see how much curl and lift it gives to my poor little lashes!

And the same goes for the Catrice Glam & Doll Boost Lash Growth Volume Mascara below.  It doesn't look as curly or as lifted but that's just because I'm not looking up as high.

The Flormar Precious Curl Carbon Black is €9.99 and is available in selected Penneys and selected pharmacies nationwide and the Catrice Glam & Doll Boost Lash Growth Volume Mascara is €5.50 and is also available in selected Penneys and selected pharmacies nationwide.

Which is your favourite of the two?


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Pestle & Mortar Erase & Renew - The Double Cleansing System

Hands up, who double cleanses?  I won't be mad at you if you're just a single cleanser, and if you use wipes, I'm giving you virtual smack upside the head lads.  You can spend all of your money on the fanciest makeup, but if your skin is scaldy, you're wasting your time and money!

I talk about double cleansing a lot and get a good few DMs on Instagram asking why I cleanse my skin twice and when I explain why, I always get the response "Ahhhh I seeeeeee".  I only double cleanse in the evening if I've been wearing makeup because the first cleanser, that breaks down my makeup and removes it.  The second cleanse actually cleans my skin.  In the morning and on days where I'm makeup free, the single cleanse does the job for me.

I was given the Pestle & Mortar Erase & Renew Double Cleansing System * (€60) a few weeks ago to test out and I've been putting the products through their paces since.  A set like this is a great way to try two smaller products (they're half the size of the original versions) without spending as much money.  Go on the Pestle & Mortar!   I have to say that I've been using products from the brand for the last six months or so and I'm just loving them and so is my skin.  And I'm continuing my mission to try all of the products as the year goes on, sure it has to be done!

Anyway, the double cleansing system consists of the Erase Makeup Removing Balm Cleanser - that's the one in the black pot - which has grape seed oil to break down your makeup, mascara and all.  I apply a small amount onto my fingers, rubbing my hands together to warm it up and melt the product before massaging it into my dry skin.  A little bit goes a long way, it smells incredible and one of the most important things for me when it comes to any kinds of cleansers is that it doesn't irritate my eyes.  This doesn't at all and makes quick work of removing my makeup with the next product in the trio - the Double Cleanse Facial Cloth.  This cloth has a soft microfibre side and a muslin side to cleanse and polish the skin.  It's only fab and I'll be stocking up on more of them *.

The second cleanse in the system is the Renew Illuminating Lightweight Gel Cleanser which has fruit enzymes which gently exfoliate and increase cell turnover along with Superoxide Dismutase (this fights free radicals, lessens inflammation and and protects the skin against premature ageing).  It has one of those dispensing mechanisms where you press the top down and product comes out of the middle.  Like the front says, it really is lightweight and leaves my skin feeling soft and looking all lovely and glowy.

As I said earlier, sets like these are a great way of trying a couple of products but without having to shell out for the full sized version.  But if you do want to try the full sized ones, you can buy the Erase Makeup Removing Balm * in full size separately for €45 here along with the 100ml bottle of the Renew Illuminating Lightweight cleanser is €43 *

You can get all of your Pestle & Mortar bits on Cloud10Beauty*, so happy shopping!

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Skeyndor Derma Peel Pro at Edvard & Pink!

You might have noticed by now that I'm a skincare fiend and love trying new brands and new products.  New to Ireland, Spanish brand Skeyndor is loved by celebrities like Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Karen Constantine.  Say nothing, it'll catch on.

With serious science behind the brand (which has been around for 50 years), their ethos is that science creates beauty and that is music to my ears.

My skin right after the treatment and yes, I'm wearing a backpack as am a geriatric on the inside but you would never know that from my ridey skin

I was invited by Skeyndor for a treatment, and was recommended the Derma Peel Pro, a treatment that has minimal down time and immediate results.  For me, my skin is in decent condition, so a treatment that would give me smoother, brighter skin.

Ciara from Skeyndor started by cleansing the skin before spritzing a protective spray all over my skin to help keep my skin more comfortable during the peel.  I felt a small amount of tingling when the acids were applied and because it was my first peel, we kept it on for just a couple of minutes but it can be left on for up to ten minutes.

The peel uses three different acids - Glycolic, Lactic and Mandelic acid.  I now have a new favourite acid girls.  Mandelic acid is just whopper and while I don't think I'd heard about it before, Ciara explained that it helps with pores and I remember thinking to myself, you have your work cut out for you with the ones on my nose and either side of it!  But the difference in them after the treatment was immense.  I mean I used to use those pores for storage they were that big and some foundations would sit in them, judging me.  But I wish my camera had pore vision because they appeared to be so much flatter and I thank Mandelic for all of the work.  Ok, the rest of the ingredients totally helped too, working together to slough off dead skin cells, leaving it smooth and glowy.

Me outside right after the treatment. still wearing my backpack and also being blinded by the brightness of the sky and the brightness of my skin
After Ciara removed the peel, she applied a peptide cream before applying an SPF.  I went back to the office after the treatment and made everyone touch my skin, that's how impressed I was with it.  I had no redness at all after the peel and there really is minimal down time at all.  Ciara recommended to go makeup free for the rest of the day, or to just apply a mineral makeup if I wanted.

My first Skeyndor experience was just whopper and thank you to the team for having me and my pores.  You can book in for a Skeyndor treatment at Edvard & Pink in Dundrum Town Centre and I can't recommend the Derma Pro Peel enough!

There is a home treatment version of the Derma Peel Pro too if you're a bit more au fait with peels but I think I need a bit more professional help before I go it alone!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Flawless, glowy skin with a statement nude lip with Flormar!

A question I get asked all the time is to recommend an affordable foundation that offers high coverage and time and time again, I always say to try the Perfect Coverage Foundation from Flormar.  I've been collaborating with them on Instagram over the last few weeks, so while the job itself is over, I wanted to post this video here so we'll call it an #ad but I haven't been paid for the extra coverage!

I had the option to film whatever I wanted and so last weekend, I decided to do a full coverage yet glowy base with a simple neutral eye and used one of the Colour Up Lip Crayons in Caramel.  You can read a full review of all seven shades in a post from last year and see them all in action.

Make sure to watch the video and let me know what you think!

Fancy gorgeous glowy skin? Then watch my final video with @flormarireland_uk who I’m working with! I got to choose whatever I wanted to film and I decided on showing how to get flawless, glowy skin and my type of statement lip! Products used (all @flormarireland_uk ) 💕 Double Radiance Primer 💕 Perfect Coverage Foundation Shade 101 💕 Invisible Loose Powder 💕 Bronzing Powder Shade 4 💕 Terracotta Blush On - Marble Pink Gold 💕 Powder Illuminator - Morning Star 💕 Nude Eyeshadow Palette 💕 Precious Curl Carbon Black Mascara 💕 Colour Up Lip Crayon in Caramel So this is the makeup I wore heading out with the girls the other night and I loved it 😍 I knew I wanted to keep the skin looking natural her flawless, I wanted to have neutral eyes and I wanted a stronger lip but one a bit darker and I love the finished look! Thanks so much for watching!! #lovelygirliebits #flormarireland #flormar #glowyskin #sp
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I only ever use the Double Radiance Primer on my cheeks as my t-zone doesn't need any extra shine thank you very much!  I've found from experience that the Perfect Coverage foundation goes on the best for me with a makeup sponge and it's such a great base for the price.  I kept things nice and glowy for the cheeks and on the eyes, opted for a simple neutral eye with mattes from the Nude Eyeshadow palette in the crease and outer corner and the gold shimmery shade patted onto my lids.  The Precious Curl Carbon Black Mascara is a revelation and the first time I used it all those weeks ago, I wondered if it could outdo the regular Precious Curl Mascara and it's on par!  I must compare the two and see what they're like side by side, but here's my review of the original Precious Curl Mascara from 2017 which remains one of my favourite budget mascaras ever.

What are your favourite products from Flormar?


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating & Shaping Lip Colour for Spring

Inspired by Paris, Lancome's spring collection is beautiful, but it was the lipsticks that stole my heart.  The three L'Absolu Rouge Hydrating & Shaping Lip Colours (€30) are the perfect addition to my spring makeup collection, and I've been struggling to pick a favourite!

Each of the shades are creamy and comfortable to wear and while shade 125 and 130 are similar, they're totally different (obvs) and that pink, shade 135, well that's a thing of beauty and was the absolute surprise of the trio!  See, I knew I was going to love the neutral shades, they're my jam, and when I saw the pink, I thought sure that's going to look mad on me... Never judge a lipstick by the bullet is what I've learned today my chums.  Keep reading...

Shade 125 and 130 are definitely more sheer compared to 135 and are for those who love their neutrals and by those, I mean me.  I love a nudey neutral lip that goes with any look, that isn't overpowering and that I don't feel self conscious wearing.

Shade 125 (pictured above) is a peachy nude and is just so beautiful on, giving a subtle hit of colour and has that balance of peachiness and brightness that isn't too much, especially for an aul one like me.  It's really comfortable on the lips and has a light semi glossy finish which I love.

Shade 130 (above) is a more caramel nude and again has a slight sheen in terms of finish.  I feel like this is the sophisticated older sister of the trio and is fierce ladylike altogether.

Shade 135 (above) is just the most perfect blue toned pink that I'd never reach for myself as it's totally out of my comfort zone.  It can't even see my comfort zone.  My comfort zone is a dot to it.  And yet I love it on me!  It seems to lift my complexion and add a bit of life to my skin and for that, I'm going to make an effort to wear it more often.  It's more opaque than the other two, but still feels just as comfortable on.

And thus ends this here blog post where I finally got excited about spring makeup!  The spring collection from Lancome is on counters now, so head in and get swatching them.  Which is your favourite?


Monday, March 18, 2019

No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation & Dark Circle Concealer review, before & after!

Now that spring has sprung, I'm all about the glowy skin life, even though I have my oily bits, but if you can't look fresh faced and lovely when the flowers are starting the bloom, when can you?

I did a collaboration with Boots recently where they sent me some of their new beauty bits and I've been getting stuck into them since.  The collaboration is long over and this isn't part of it, but just wanted to flag it, disclosure and all!

I was sent two shades of the No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation, Porcelain being too light for me and Beige which is slightly too dark, but looks gorgeous on when I blend it down the neck, so that's what I've been wearing and what you see in these photos.

Promising to give fresh and radiant looking skin in an instant, my dull and lacklustre skin was ready to give it a go.  I've tried this a good few times now, using different application methods and it's mad how different brushes etc can make a foundation look so different!  I found that applying it with a makeup sponge sheers it out a lot, so that's worth noting and if you have perfect skin, then good luck to you!  I've tried my usual buffing brushes and thought the application was just grand, but it was only when I applied it with the Real Techniques Brush Crush Blush Brush that I fell hard and fast.  It just seems to place the product really evenly and not buff it out into nothing and using it means I can get a decent level of coverage too.  We're talking a medium level of coverage but it's buildable on areas that need a bit extra.

While I'm loving the radiance it gives and enjoy how it looks and feels like skin, I still need to powder my t-zone ever so slightly, just to keep it in place all day, but I think those with a dryer skin type will love it because it feels nice and moisturising on.  The coverage is ideal for me in that you can still see my skin but it hides the redness and looks so natural on.  I think this is my favourite No7 foundation to date I tell ya!

On to the No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer.  This comes in eight shades and I was given the lightest, shade 1 - Porcelain & Calico.  It has a little sponge tipped applicator that doesn't have any squidge to it, so while it's grand for applying the product, in terms of working it into the skin, I use my finger, a brush or a sponge to make sure it's all evenly distributed.

It does a great job at brightening under the eyes, but without going over the top.  Maybe it's old age, but I can't do the really pale under eye look at all.  This is much more my type of finish - lightweight with medium coverage.  I find it lasts all day when I set it with my usual face powder.  What can I say, I need to set all my bits!  If you're after a full coverage concealer, then I don't think this is the one for you, but for those who like a lighter coverage, you're in for a treat.

At the time of this blog post being published, the No7 HydraLuminous Foundation is €14, down from €20.  With just 12 shades, I think they could do with adding more and I haven't see the palest and darkest shades in person yet, but will report back when I do.  And the No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer is also down to €14 from €18.

I've been really enjoying using them and have sneakily been posting photos on Instastories of my face wearing them and every time I do, I get lots of lovely comments on how nice my skin is looking and that's the sign of a winner to me.

Will you be trying these?


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

L'Occitane Herbae - the most perfect scent for Spring!

Spring is on its way and I couldn't be happier!  My lunch time walks in the park are now full of flowers and with the blue skies we've had recently, I think everyone has a little pep in their step.  And if like me, you match your perfumes to the seasons, then you're going to want to take a look at the new fragrance from L'Occitane.  Herbae (pronounced her-by) is for those of us who love green florals  and I've been getting stuck into this bottle since the launch a couple of weeks ago.

Inspired by the wild grasses that grow in the heart of Provence, if you closed your eyes and gave Herbae a sniff, you'd find it smells green.  Does anyone else do that?  Smell something and give it a colour?  It's green, it's fresh and it's floral, it's bright, it's ladylike.  Everything I look for in a perfume during the spring.  I've packed away my stronger, more intense and deeper scents until the autumn and now I'm all about the florals.

With top notes of Ambrette Seed, Vert de Bergamot Essence and Pink Peppercorn, a heart of White Nettle Flower Accord, Wild Rose Accord, Bramble Accord and Clary Sage Essence and base notes of Wild Grass, Captive Musk and Cashmeran, I don't know what the majority of those things are, but what I do know is that they all work beautifully together to create a symphony of spring, of growth, of the hope that summer is coming and that you're going to smell ridey while waiting for that to happen.

I love how simple the bottle is and I'm delighted to announce that I haven't lost the lid yet.  If I decide to carry my full bottle around with me, which I'm known to do, we'll see how long I can keep the lid for.  But if the beautiful weather of the last few days have given you inspiration to try a new scent, please go and give this a try.  It's spring time in a bottle and is out now online and in L'Occitane shops.  And FYI, this would make an ideal gift for Mother's Day.

The 50ml bottle is €65 and the 90ml is €89 and when I went to their website to check the prices, I saw they have a handbag sized version for €21!  Totally getting that so I don't need to carry this around and won't lose the lid!


Monday, February 25, 2019

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation review, photos

I know we're only two months into the year, but I think 2019 is going to be the year of the foundation.  I'm in the process of trying a few new ones out, but thought I'd start with the most expensive one as January is over and we're all rich right?!  The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation is an eye watering €60, but with claims that it's suitable for all skin types and there's no need for a primer (amongst many other claims that I'll go through below), in the words of Carrie Bradshaw, I couldn't help but wonder how I'd get along with it.

I've given the foundation a proper go over the last few weeks and out of all of the times I've used it, my skin was flawless and perfect for just one of those days.  And even on that day, there was a bit of upkeep to it.  As you'll see in the before and after photos below, I took two sets because I wasn't impressed with how it all went after the first day and felt bad!


At the launch, we were advised to use half a pump of the product for our face, and that's exactly what I've been using.  We were also advised to dot the foundation all over our faces and then buff it in with a brush.  Doing that shows how truly opaque the foundation is and that half a pump gives a medium to full level of coverage with it, without looking too heavy or cakey.    I've tried it with both a makeup sponge and a buffing brush and both give similar finishes.  Because of the really thick consistency, dotting it over the skin definitely is the way to go because yes, I tried applying it directly from the back of my hand to my face one day in the interest of testing and applied way too much.

The finish - immediately after application

I love the finish of it right after applying because it has that balance of coverage and glow, but it's a finish I have to powder down because I can feel the product on my face.  It doesn't seem to dry down on me at all, so powdering has to happen.

It definitely gives my skin a smoothing effect with a lovely radiance to it and each time I've used it, I'm generally impressed with it for the first hour or so.

The finish - throughout the day

The very first day I tried it out, I powdered half of my face with my usual Charlotte Tilbury powder, so I could see how it lasted and how it sat on my skin.  And as an oily skinned bridie, I was so aware of how shiny both sides of my face was for the whole day.  I only powdered it that morning and left it for the day and spent the day asking the girls if I was offensively shiny because I felt like I was!

The foundation fairs best on me when I powder it completely to set it, but even then I have to powder my whole face every couple of hours to keep it in place, adding extra powder on my nose.  That seems to be my biggest problem area when using the foundation because it starts to break down there within the first hour.   I've not been able to get it to look even on my nose at all, using a brush or a makeup sponge.

Now, this foundation confuses me and my skin, because somehow, it manages to make me look oily and dry at the same time.  On my cheeks, it's just beautiful and my blushes sit perfectly on top.  But on my nose and on any dry patches, it clings to those areas, so if you're someone with dryer skin than me, I'm not sure if you'd like this.  But it also makes my nose look oily.  So I end up having to powder it to take care of the oil but then powdering exacerbates the look of the dry bits.  I don't know at all at all!

It's claimed to be transfer proof, but I haven't found that to be the case at all unfortunately.  Because it makes my skin look and feel oilier than usual, if I touch my face at all, it just wipes away.  I remember having a tiny itch on my forehead one day at work and barely used my nail to scratch it, checked my mush in the mirror and the foundation had completely disappeared in that area.

Because it seems to make my skin look and feel oilier, I found that I can't wait to come home and take it off, so while I haven't tried the 24 hour fade proof claim, it looks pretty rough after 10 hours on me.

I think for a foundation that's €60, as the song says, it's got to be perfect.  And this just requires a lot of work for it to look good on me, so I haven't been reaching for it unfortunately.  I think I'll give it a go with a mattifying primer and see how I get on before throwing in the towel completely.  I love Hourglass and have tried a good few of their products over the years, but this isn't the one for me.

On a positive note, it comes in 32 shades!  I use the shade Shell but it's slightly too dark for me (story of my life), so if you decide you want to try it, get colour matched and then go outside into daylight so you can see it properly.  It's such a shame this didn't work for me because I was so excited to give it a go.  Ah well, you can't win 'em all Hourglass.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Affordable makeup storage from Penneys!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that trying to keep my office tidy and organised is a full time job in itself.  I'm naturally a messy person but I'm taking steps to change that because as they say, a tidy space is a tidy mind, or as I say, feck sake Karen why can't you keep your room tidy because you know you get loads more bits done when it's all nice and clean.

I could keep giving out about it to myself, or I could take action, so last week I went to Penneys on Mary Street with a mission.  An organisation station across the nation mission.  I wanted to get some of their makeup storage bits so I could tackle the job at hand.  The job being put some kind of shape on the state of my room.  And on Saturday, I did exactly that.  Here's what I bought and here's what I did with them.

I bought this tiered unit (€12) before Christmas for Joanne and I'm raging I didn't get one for myself then because I love it!  Not only does it fit a load of products on it, but it rotates too.  I found with my skincare bits in my bedroom, having them on the top of a drawer unit meant that I'd just tend to reach for whatever was at the front and so many things were being forgotten about.  Now all I have to do is rotate and select what I want, and I might be in with a chance of actually finishing more than one or two products now!  I keep my eye creams in the top with some smaller facial oils and serums and then in the bottom two sections I just have them organised based on size.  I have to keep the taller products to the outside of the shelves, but it's grand.  I love this unit so much and I think it's my favourite of all the bits I got.

I've wanted a nail polish stand for years now and was so close to buying one from eBay for stupid money that I could attach to the wall, but then I copped on and said no.  Since then I've been keeping them in another storage unit that I rarely go near.  Now while this unit is only small and I chose smaller bottles of polish to put on them so I could fit more on, if you're a polish collector, you might need a few to display your stash, but for me, it makes for a dinky unit to keep the new nail polishes I've been sent and want to try out.  It's only €4 and well worth picking up.

I love this palette storage unit (€6) and when I was chatting about it over the weekend, it occurred to me that it would make a deadly thing to store notebooks in, so I'm going to get another one next time I'm in Penneys.  But for now, it's housing some of my favourite palettes and ones I want to use more too.  My pal Carly showed hers in action over the weekend and she keeps hers in her drawers.  Her makeup drawers!

Onto the acrylic drawers.  I got two of the three units available and at €12 each, I think they're great value.  They feel sturdy and while I've only had them a few days, I can't report back on how they've lasted just yet, but I'll keep you in the loop over on Instagram.

I got one unit with two wide, shallow drawers that's great for lying your palettes flat, or for lip products, basically anything that's not chunky, and one with a deeper drawer beside two more shallow drawers.  The drawers don't open and close the smoothest and there can be a bit of squeaking involved, but I ain't mad at that!

There's a third unit in this collection with two deeper drawers side by side and all three can be stacked on each other.  And if you love your lipsticks and displaying them, there's a lipstick holder that has the same dimensions as these units, so makes for a lovely topping to your collection!  I already have one from TK Maxx a couple of years back but if I didn't, I'd totally have bought this.

I saw one of the girls online showing drawer organisers from Penneys too so I'm going to need to pick those up because I'm on a budget and need to organise the rest of my collection without breaking the bank!

Are you in need of storage for your beauty bits?  And are you proud that two days after organising these, they're still looking great... I know, we'll see how long it lasts!  As I said, I got mine in Penneys Mary Street so I can't say which other branches have them too, but keep an eye out!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Heart & Arrows Collectors Edition review, photos, swatches!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, YSL have relaunched the Rouge Volupte Shines - one of my favourite lip products ever!  I first fell in love with them back in 2013, and you can read about them in that blog post where I look a little bit tranquillised in my photos, but I can assure I was not.  I was loving my lips and was obviously very relaxed about that fact.

Anyway, YSL have brought back four iconic shades, all with a fancy new collectors edition outfit complete with hearts and arrows, so if you're feeling like you need to treat yourself this Valentine's Day, look no further.  Now, if you're planning on wearing the face off a chungfella this Thursday, just know that these have lots of slip to them so while they're comfortable to wear and look gorgeous, they won't last long, but will leave your lips lightly stained FYI.

The Rouge Volupte Shines are ideal for those who are fed up with the matte lip trend, for those who love a semi-sheer, glossy finish and for those who just want to be a bit fancy schmancy because let's be honest, it's YSL and their packaging is goals.  Fancy goals.  Fancy goals with love hearts and all.

Lined up above, we have No 49 Rose Saint Germain on the left, No 15 Corail Spontini in the middle and on the right is No 12 Corail Dolman.  All three are beautiful and the missing shade in the quad is No 45 Rouge Tuxedo, a bold pinky-red.  It's probably for the best that this shade didn't find its way into my life because from the description, I'd probably be scared of it, but the other three shades are all right up my street.  Let's see them in more detail.

Above we have No 49 Rose Saint Germain, a beautiful wearable pink that screams "spring time is coming very soon because there's a grand stretch in the evenings and it's only the middle of February".  It's a true rosey pink which makes it a winner in my book because shades like this suit my complexion, they don't wash me out and are always in the bottom of my handbag.

Next up we have No 15 Corail Spontini, a paler, peachier coral that would suit those with lighter skin tones.  Even though I love a peach on me, I think I prefer the other two shades as they brighten up my complexion more than this one and it washes me out a bit, but a bit of tan and I think I'd rock it!

Finally we have my favourite shade of the three, No 12 Corail Dolman which is a bright coral pink that I just love so much and even though I think it's the same shade as this one from way back when in 2013 (which I probably still have as I love it so much), this is me in a lip product.  It's bright, in your face but is still wearable too.  It's summer in a lip product so I'll be rocking it loads this year.

The Rouge Volupte Shine Collectors Editions are out this month and are €34 each.  Which one is your favourite?

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