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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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

10 under €10 - Best in budget beauty!

As you're probably well aware, January was a long month.  It went on for 432 days in total and as the month grew to an end, funds were low.  Ok funds were low from about December 29th, but we won't go there.  Now I love a bit of luxury when it comes to my beauty products, but I love me some bargains too.  And even better, I love when the bargains are deadly products too.  So behold my 10 under €10!  The products that won't break the bank, but actually do what they're supposed to do.  I've filmed a video chatting about everything that I've added to the bottom of the post, so if you want to listen to me waffle, scroll down like a good child.



This was one of the products in the Rituals Advent Calendar last year. (which I will definitely be buying again this year) and if you like your floral scents for spring/summer, you're going to love Oasis de Fleurs.  It's bright and fresh and this mini size is €9.50 and the full size is €39.  Rituals have a shop on Grafton Street and have the concession in Arnotts along with a shop in Blanchardstown Centre and Kildare Village, so you've lots of options!

Waxperts Wonder Pads €9.99


Ah the Waxperts Wonder Pads saved my poor scaldy face the other week when I could feel a massive pimple brewing underneath my skin.  They contain salicylic acid which helps unclog the pores where the blemishes are and I kid you not, I sat with the pads on my skin for an hour or so while I was working and could feel a difference already and by the next morning, the pimple was gone, my skin was flat and all was well in the world again!

Batiste Dry Shampoo €3.99


As someone with greasy hair and who's trying to not wash her hair every day, dry shampoo is a must for me.  I've tried different ones over the years and always go back to Batiste because it's affordable and it does the job.  And as I mentioned in the video, one of my top tips that I didn't make up, just read it online somewhere, is to apply your dry shampoo before you go to bed and let the tossing and turning during the night work the product into your hair and you'll wake up fresh as a daisy the next morning!  Well your hair will.  I love the Blush version and also the Blonde one that helps hide my greys.

Alex Steinherr x PS... Beauty Sleep Spa Overnight Lip Mask €5


I love a lip mask and I love even more when the lip mask is cheap!  And when the mask is cheap and fabaliss, there's nothing more you can ask for.  The Alex Steinherr X PS... Beauty Sleep Spa Overnight Lip Mask is one of the best lip products I've tried in years.  It has a light pink tint to it, is thick without being gloopy and really does nourish and hydrate my lips.  I can't see myself ever being without it to be honest and if they bring out more, I shall buy them and I shall love them.



I love the powders from Note and always go between this one and the mineral powder which outside of the €10 mark.  The Luminous Silk powder is so finely milled that I can't see it on the skin and can barely feel it, but what I love is how matte it keeps my skin but without looking cakey or dry.  A light dusting is all I need when I've finished applying my makeup and I rarely have to touch it up throughout the day.  Love it.



Every time I'm in Spain, I have to hit up Kiko because the products are just incredible, and the Smart Colour Blushes are one of my favourite purchases from them so far.  I bought two similar shades that are very different despite what your eyeballs might think and I just love them. The formula is silky, pigmented (a little goes a long way) and they're blushes I reach for over my more expensive ones time and time again.

Flormar Colour Up Lip Crayons - €5.95


I reviewed these last year if you want to take a look, but I'm still loving the Colour Up Lip Crayons from Flormar.  They're handy to have in the bottom of your handbag when you need a little something something on the lips that doesn't need much precision to apply.  The darker ones would need a liner, but the lighter shades are great for applying before you head into wherever you're going and there isn't much maintenance needed.



My pal Jen from TooDollyMakeup was raving about this sponge before Christmas and the hype is real lads!  I've tried cheaper makeup sponges over the years and this is the best one.  It's soft, it absorbs water when you dampen it and gives the most gorgeous flawless finish.  I now have no desire to go buying Beauty Blenders anymore to be honest.  This is just the business!



I love these little bottles of polish and they're perfect for the likes of me who would never finish a bottle of polish.  I must have thrown out so many bottles over the years that have gone gloopy from me not getting through them, but with these, I totally can.  I was sent some last year and then when I was in France last summer, I bought that bright yellow shade as we were heading to a sunflower field!  Two coats is all I need with these and I love how they don't take up much space too.  Perfect for bringing away on holidays.



Wet n Wild do some of the best budget highlighters out there and this cream highlight is just beautiful. It gives a soft sheen to the skin, so for those who aren't a fan of strong, in your face highlights, then you're going to love these.  It blends into my skin easily without disturbing the foundation underneath and is buildable if you need something a bit stronger.  It's gorgeous! 

If that wasn't enough, here's the accompanying video to go with this post with me having the ultimate chats about the products above!


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