Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 collection, review & swatches!

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Sometimes, when I've nothing else to be doing, I like to think about what it would be like to have a lipstick named after me.  What would she look like?  What would she be called?  Would she be glossy or matte?  And would I be able to use a swipe up link to sell it? #affiliate #ad #sp #wishfulthinking

While that will never happen, I've got the Hot Lips 2 collection from Charlotte Tilbury to distract me and keep me busy.  Inspired by 11 incredible icons, none of which are me, Charlotte has created a whopper collection with some nudes, neutrals and some packing a bit more of a punch.   Charlotte has teamed up with Women for Women International and has pledged £1,000,000 from the Hot Lips 2 sales to this charity.



I've got a lot of photos to show you and have a video at the bottom of the post showing all of the shades in action on my lips and on my hand, hopefully helping you decide which of the shades might be the one!  Some of the lipsticks have the KISSING formulas while others have the Matte Revolution formulas.  All feel dreamy and creamy on, some are more glossy while others have a more matte finish, but none are drying or cakes.  Let's get stuck in shall we?



Dancefloor Princess was inspired by Kylie Minogue and is described as being a pretty, cool-girl pink.   I must not be cool because I think this is a bit pale for my complexion, but it's really comfortable on and is one for those who love their nudey pinks.


Angel Alessandra is one for the peachy nude lovers and is lovely and warm on me.  I think it would look better on me with a tan or a bit more bronzer, but no matter what, I'll never look remotely like Alessandra Ambrosio, but that's ok.


I'm in love with In Love With Olivia.  Inspired by Olivia Palermo, this is a really flattering pink to wear.  It's got elements of mauve and has a dusky hint to it, and it's one of my favourites.


If you're after something a bit more daring, channel your inner Susan Sarandon, and rock Red Hot Susan.  This is wonderfully opaque, feels lovely on the lips and is a great one for red lovers this summer.


JK Magic is described as a nude-rose lipstick, but on me, it's just nude.  Nudey McNuderson wingardium leviosaaaa.  It looks paler in real life compared to the photo below and I think it's a shade  I'd have to wear with a liner, just to give my lips a birra definition.  But I love the creamy finish on it so I do.  PS It's totally inspired by JK Rowling in case you didn't get it.


I'm being very gracious here when I say that I don't hold it against Sofia Vergara for marrying my future husband Joe Manganiello.  Her lipstick, Viva La Vergara is a grand shade of wine and will be rocking my world in the autumn no doubt.  But is she really happy with Joe, that's what I want to know.


Carina's Star is inspired by Hong Kong actress Carina Lau and even though I don't know who she is, I think we could be pals because she has great taste in lipsticks.  This shade is a wearable and not too in your face peachy coral that was made for me.


Glowing Jen was inspired by Rachel Green.  Or Jennifer Aniston, whichever.  I think it's my favourite of the whole collection because it's a wearable tawny rosey browny shade that's really hard to describe but will be a permanent fixture in my handbag.


I knew I was going to love Amazing Amal, inspired by Amal Clooney, as soon as I saw it in action on Charlotte's instagram feed.  It's a shade that instantly makes my eyes look greener and if you love your berry lipsticks, you're going to love this one.


I love that Patsy Red was inspired by Charlotte's Mam and I need to investigate this Patsy some more because she must be great craic if she was turned into a red lip!  This is more of a true statement red compared to Red Hot Susan.


As I type out this post, I realise that I never took a photo wearing Enigmatic Edward, inspired by Vogue's Editor in Chief Edward Enninful.  It's a hydrating lip conditioner that feels comfortable on and has shea butter, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera in it, everything that my poor scaldy lips need!

And there we have the photos.  Click the video below to see me applying each shade to my hand and lips and I talk you through my four favourites from the range.  Each of the lipsticks are €35 each and refills are €23 online only.

Which is your favourite?

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Four of the best SPFs for the face!

I know I'm always harping on about wearing SPF every day, but now that it's summer, it's even more important to wear it daily!  We will ignore the fact that it's not stopped raining in ages and will hope that summer will appear soon.  But even still, on cloudy days we should still be wearing SPF because the UVA rays can still do damage through the clouds.  I thought by doing this post, it might keep the hope alive that we will see the sun soon!

With sun screens, both for the face and body, it's important to apply them a good 15 minutes before heading outside.  For days where I'm going to be mainly working indoors, I don't tend to reapply but when I'm in Spain, I make sure to reapply my SPF every couple of hours.  I have Skin Type I so I'm not going to risk getting burned now (I've done that enough times over the years!)


I brought four sun creams to Spain with me when I was there last month and got to test them out properly in the sun.  Speaking of which, remember what it was like to have the sun?  Ah good times.  I thought with the Junior & Leaving Certs recently, we'd at least have a bit of a reason to be able to enjoy the weather, alas they all had the last laughs on us...

Anyway, here are four SPFs that I tried in Spain last month!


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50+ is aimed that those with sensitive skin and promises to be waterproof, sweat-proof and sand-proof too.  I'm so not a beach person so I can't say if it's sand-proof, but I think even if I was, I'd still reapply this every couple of hours just to be on the safe side.  I love the Anthelios range from La Roche-Posay and have tried out most of them over the years.  This one needs to be shaken to mix all of the ingredients up and has a really watery consistency, so make sure not to apply too much into your hands which I did a few times myself.  It doesn't leave any white residue on my skin and absorbs quickly enough, but leaves a sheen on my face, so this might be better for those with dry skin types.  Or if you're oily like myself, apply a matte primer under your foundation or better yet, just go for a matte foundation and you'll be grand.


Next up is the Clarins Dry Touch Sun Care Cream SPF30.  I used both this one and the SFP50 version when I was in Spain and enjoyed the two of them, leaving them with Mam for the rest of her holiday and she loved them too being a Clarins Super Fan!  Clarins have launched a whole new sunscreen range this year for the face and body, and are safe for the coral reefs and oceans, with them removing the ingredients that harm them.  While the Dry Touch creams didn't quite dry matte on me, they don't leave a white cast on the skin and makeup sits really nicely over them too, but if you're oily, I'd definitely powder over your makeup just to be on the safe side.


This year P20 launched a facial SPF 30 which promises to give up to 10 hours protection.  Now, with me, because I've been burned over the years through my very own fault by not putting enough SPF on and not reapplying, out of pure habit, I always reapply my sun protection every few hours when I'm in Spain, especially if I'm going to be out for the day.  See I don't trust myself enough to put enough on and then go galavanting for the day, so I can't say if it lasts the 10 hours, but I always recommend if in doubt, lash a bit more on during the day, especially if you've been in the water and have dried your face off with a towel.  I've been using it loads here in Ireland and love it because it sinks into the skin quickly, it feels really hydrating on and my makeup goes on perfectly over it.


Finally we have one of my favourites, the Image Skincare Prevention+ SPF 32 Daily Matte Moisturiser.  It's been a couple of years since I had my first tube of this and I can't remember how matte it was,  but this one definitely felt less matte on my skin when I was in Spain.  Here in Ireland it seems to dry down a bit more, but I wanted to make a note of it.  This Image SPF is your moisturiser and SPF in one and as well as that, it decreases the damaging effects of the sun thanks to the presence of antioxidants.  And because this is a two in one, it's great for those who are trying to condense their makeup bags when going on holidays and they do full sized versions and have a smaller version in a travel set.

Those are just a handful of the SPFs that are on the market at the moment.  Check out this post from last year where I went through some more, and whatever you do this summer, make sure to look after your skin in the sun!


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Monday, June 17, 2019

Bobbi Brown Summer 2019 review, photos, swatches, video!

I think the Bobbi Brown Summer 2019 collection is 76% of the reason I'm able to cope with the bad weather we've been having and the complete lack of sunshine.  The products are distracting me with their beauty and for that, I'm fierce grateful!  I was sent some of the limited edition products, so if you see anything you like, I'd hop on them quickly as they're going to be gone soon.

The first time I opened the Bobbi Brown Infrared palette, I fell in love because these shades were made for me.  I will never tire of warm toned eyeshadows and this has a really beautiful range of shades that makes it nice and versatile, thus justifying why it's ok to have another palette like this.

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I hoped the shades would swatch as nicely as they looked and the did.  Ooh they big fat did.  There's a few mattes in the palette, with the majority of the shades being metallic shimmers that work best on me when applied with the fingers or with a wet brush.  They're soft, buttery and a joy to use.  And the mattes are just as joyful to use too.  If you're looking for an eyeshadow palette for your summer holidays, or if you're not going away this year and need to treat yourself because the sun doesn't exist here in Ireland right now, then you're going to want to check it out.


I mentioned the High Shine Liquid Eyeshadows on Instagram recently and I'm still using them loads. They've got a really runny texture thanks to the water based formula that feels cooling on the eyes when first applied.  Make sure to shake these really well before using them and wipe off any excess on the side of the tube before getting stuck in.  They take a couple of minutes to fully dry and during that time, it's best not to look up if you've applied them to the lids or else you'll have transfer.  Once you remember to shake the tubes to mix up all of the pigment, you'll be grand, but you'll see if you forget to do that, they'll be really sheer and patchy.


In the photo below, from left to right we have shade Copperhead, Gold Fusion and Molten Petal.  There's one more shade that I'm sure is equally as wearable as these.  Of course Copperhead is my favourite of the three because it's a green eyed girl's dream!


Next up we have the Bronzing Duo in Medium and Santa Barbara.  There's a lighter duo too for those with paler complexions.


Even though this is the darker of the duos, it suits my skin tone perfect and that blush?  Well that's summer radiance right there.  The bronzer is nice and cool toned, perfect for sculpting out some much needed cheekbones for me and the blush has the ideal balance of peach and gold for me.


I filmed a one minute video showing the palette and liquid eyeshadows in action if you fancy taking a look and will show the bronzing duo in an upcoming video!  There are some highlights in the collection too that I need to check out, so make sure to have a look next time you're at the counter.

Well played Bobbi Brown, you played a blinder this summer!



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Happy Friday! Today’s This Is Not A Tutorial features some lovely summer eyes and lips - let’s get stuck in! I used the eye brushes from the @sarahkearymakeup Brush Set (Sarah has given me a code for yis lovelygirlybits10 for 10% off and lads the brushes are just gorgeous, so soft 😍 I absolutely love the Infra-Red palette from @bobbibrownuk and have been using it loads since they sent it. The mattes are soft and have great colour payoff and the shimmers pack a punch too once applied with a finger. I wanted to show you the @bobbibrownuk High Shine Liquid Eyeshadow in Copperhead in action as it’s the one I’ve been reaching for the most. Make sure to give the bottle a good shake to mix up the pigment! I apply it from the wand before blending the edges with a brush and fan my eyes to make sure it dries. These are so beautiful on. The mascara is also courtesy of @bobbibrownuk - the Smokey Eye Mascara and it’s one of my all time favourites 😍 I wanted to swatch three of the new lip offerings from @loccitane_uk_ire starting with the Fruity Lip Perfector, a balm that changes colour depending on your lip’s pH and on me it turns a gorgeous light pink. Next was the Fruity Lipstick in Provence Sunset which is an easy to wear pinky peach and these have a lot of moisture to them and slip too, so for a stronger shade like the last one, Red-y to play, you might need a lip liner. These are all in stores now along with other shades too that I need to check out and swatch. Happy Friday and thanks for watching! #lovelygirliebits #lovelygirliebits1minutevideo #bobbibrown #loccitane #summermakeup #irishbeautyblogger #40plusblogger
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint Review

I was on my holidays, I felt like treating myself and I knew the bottle would look lovely in my Spanish photos.  I present to you the Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint.


Let me give you my E True Hollywood Story with this.  I'd seen it on my pal Simone Scribes' Instagram page, mentally added it to my list, forgot about it and then remembered it again when I was in The Loop Duty Free on the way to Spain.  I swatched shade Medium Light on the back of my hand and was instantly intrigued with the texture because it changes so much!  First pumped out, it's a really runny liquid, probably thanks to the 70% water content, then when it's blended into the skin with a finger, you can feel the micro-droplets of encapsulated pigments bursting before it bleeds into a lovely light veil on the skin.  The Loop didn't have my shade in stock after all that but I ended up getting it in Spain anyway.

I didn't try it until I was back from my holidays and the first time I used it, I dang near lost my sh*t because I used one pump over my giant face and got zero coverage.  None.  Not even a little bit.  Then the realisation set in that I'd spent €48 (that was in Spain, it's €60 here) on 70% water.  I filmed a first impressions video and will edit it as soon as I can, but there was a lot of disbelief, rage and then acceptance.  After that initial test, I tried using it a couple of different ways, applying it with my fingers, applying it to the back of my hand and then working into the hand with the brush that comes with it before deciding that the best way it works on me is when I apply it directly to the brush and buff it into my skin.  That way there's no wastage and mess.


After using it a few times both on its own and under the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, I have fallen deep and hard for this.  Maybe it's old age, but more and more I'm loving looking nice and fresh and embracing my skin.  That could totally change at any time, but at the moment, I'm enjoying healthy looking skin and that's what the Water Fresh Tint does for me.

If you're after coverage, this ain't for you.  I've been using 2 - 2.5 pumps on my face for each application and it evens out my complexion, hides my redness and makes it look like I'm not wearing makeup and that my skin is just lovely on its own.  


On days where I'm wearing this alone, I like to powder down the centre of my face to keep the shine at bay because it's really dewy, so I think those with dry skin types will enjoy wearing it on its own.  Us oily gals will need to set it.  And I need to powder again by lunch time too.  I'm not sure if it's new skincare that I'm using or that this just keeps my skin extra hydrated, but I wanted to flag it with you anyway.


If you fancy treating yourself this summer and want a really natural base, and I mean really natural, then it's definitely worth checking out.  Go to the counter and try it for yourself before committing to it because at €60 here in Ireland, you won't want to shell out that amount of cash if it's not what you think it's going to be.

I absolutely love love love it and will finish it this summer no doubt.  I don't think I'd wear it in the autumn or winter, but for summer, on days where I want a little somethin' somethin' on the skin, this is rocking my world!



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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

ArtDeco Volume Supreme Mascara review, before & after photos!

Things that make me happy.

1. Mascaras.
2. New mascaras I've never tried before.
3. New mascaras being absolutely whopper so no other ones get a look in.
4. The ArtDeco Volume Supreme Mascara.

What can I say, I'm easily pleased!  I did a collaboration with Art Deco a couple of months ago and while the job is long over, my love for the products is still going strong.  And if you've been following me for a while, you'll know that when I love a mascara, I LOVE A MASCARA and the ArtDeco Volume Supreme Mascara is one of the best I've tried in a long long time.  And I'm old. So have tried a lot ok bye.

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The packaging is fierce bright and colourful, perfect for the summer we're not having and the plastic wand picks up the right amount of product to fully coat the lashes, without clumping.  The tapered tip means that I haven't poked myself in the eyeball (yet), and I can take my time combing through the lashes, building up the volume.


Below you can see my really fair, almost invisible lashes in all their glory.  And underneath it shows one coat of the ArtDeco Volume Supreme Mascara.  I get tonnes of lift and curl with it on the upper lashes, and it doesn't overpower the lower lashes either.

I've had zero issues when it comes to clumping or flaking and I've been reaching for it almost every day.  We won't mention one day last week where I went to work with no eyeshadow brushes, brought the wrong mascara thinking it was this one and not fun times were had.


When it comes to mascaras, I want the whole shebang.  While others might be happy with just length or only volume, I want it all!  And in the photos below you can see just how much length and thickness I get, while all the lashes are fanned out evenly.


Below shows two coats of the mascara on the upper lashes and this is what I tend to do when I've got other eye makeup on, otherwise it can be a bit much for my scaldy eyes on its own.


The ArtDeco Volume Supreme Mascara is available on Beauty Bay now at at €19.30, it's well worth picking up!  Your lashes will thank you!




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Monday, June 10, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm face palettes review, photos, swatches & video - which one do I prefer?

I thought I'd kick off the blog again with a review I've been dying to post on products I've fallen in love with and am asked about on a daily basis!  Behold the Glowgasm Face Palettes from Charlotte Tilbury....

I was sent them along with the rest of the collection, but these are my favourite products of the range.  There are two face palettes, Lightgasm and Lovegasm and I'm not going to lie, when I saw them, I had a bit of a gasm of my own.  What can I say... Charlotte knows the way to my heart.

Let's get the bad news over with.  They're €75... That's incredibly spendy but before they sent them, I'd already decided I was going to buy one myself.  They just beat me to it.  The palettes themselves are a really decent size and if you were to break it down to justify a purchase, that's €18.75 per pan and I don't think that's too bad.  In this post, I'm going to chat you through which one I was going to get and why.  I'm going to show you swatches on my hand, what they look like on my face and have included a video of me using them!  So buckle up bridies!

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Above is the Lightgasm Face Palette and you can see the shades are lighter than the darker Lovegasm.  Inside is a champagne highlight, a glow enhancer (fancy word for a shimmery blush), a bronzer and a blush.  These are definitely suited to paler complexions and that blush on the bottom right, that leans pink and gold depending on the light and is just gorgeous on.  But you know me, I love a peachier blush and that's where my beloved Lovegasm palette comes in.


Aimed at darker complexions, Lovegasm is the one I've been reaching for daily and it's just so versatile on me.  If you watch the Instagram video at the bottom, you'll see me using both palettes on the eyes and cheeks and this one wins for me because it works so much better on me.  Again it has a highlight, except this one is warmer, that shimmery glow on the top right makes the perfect eye shade, the bronzer warms up my complexion in seconds and the blush is just incredibly flattering on.



In the above photo, I have the Lightgasm palette on the left and Lovegasm on the right.  But keep reading and you'll see them in action.  With both palettes, it's worth noting that I'd recommend using a dense brush with the bronzers because they have a really smooth consistency that's almost baked, but not quite.  I tried using a fluffier brush with them and couldn't get enough colour payoff, so a dense brush is the way to go.  


This is the Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm face palette in action on the eyes and face.  I worked the bronzer into the crease and applied the highlight onto the centre of the eyes, making it a really subtle yet pretty look. 



And now we have the Charlotte Tilbury Lovegasm palette on the eyes and face.  You know I love these types of shades on the eye anyway and I used the bronzer in the crease and the shimmery top right shade on the lids and under the eyes, instantly making my eyes look greener.


Every time I wear these on Instagram, I get so many compliments on my makeup and nine times out of ten, I'm wearing Lovegasm.  They're just gorgeous and would be a whopper summer treat!  They're available on counter and online now.



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I’ve had so many messages from yis asking which of the Glowgasm palettes from @ctilburymakeup I prefer, so I thought a half and half demo was in order! As per usual, this is not a tutorial, this is what I do with the products and after testing them for the last few weeks, I have a favourite of the two. Lightgasm is for lighter skin tones and I think it would suit those even paler than me. Lovegasm is for darker skin tones and yet I love it so much more because it’s more versatile and looks gorge on my face and eyes. The bronze shades are pretty close in both palettes but the blush in Lovegasm is so much more pigmented than the blush in Lightgasm. So if I had to pick between the two, Lovegasm wins because it’s spendy at €75 and you want to know you’re gonna use it loads and I can use it on the face and eyes. I have a blog post ready to go next week with swatches and all the thoughts, more that can fit in this caption! So stay tuned for that 👍 Have a look at the video and let me know your favourite palette! #lovelygirliebits #lovelygirliebits1minutevideo #charlottetilburymakeup #glowgasm #lightgasm #lovegasm
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