Monday, August 19, 2019

AD - My travel finds from The Loop!

Does your holiday really start if you haven't had a look in The Loop?  You see, a lot of people like to arrive to the airport early to make sure they won't miss their flight.  I like to arrive extra early to have ample time to wander around the Duty Free in Dublin Airport.  It's when and where my holidays start and I always have to pick up a few bits to start my trip off as it means to go on!  Now, if you're on a tight turnaround in the airport, you can shop ahead of time with The Loop and choose your terminal, your date and you can buy online and pick it up in the airport!  As long as your order is made at least 12 hours before your flight time, you're good to go.

I'm insanely excited and proud to be working with The Loop on this post to show you what I picked up on the way to France last month and what other products are available in Dublin Airport in Terminal 1.  Terminal 2, I have my eye on you next month!

This Face Kit in Warm from MAC immediately caught my eye and I thought it would be a great gift for someone (or yourself) because it's got your couple of eyeshadows, a liner, mascara, lip liner and lipstick.  It's been a while since I've been tempted by anything from MAC but this set intrigued me and at €54, it's great value.  There's a Cool version too that I think I'm going to get next time I'm in the airport.

You can see it in action in the video below.

Tonight’s video features one of the products that made me go “Ooh” when I saw it in @theloopdutyfree 😍😯 MAC has two Travel Exclusive Face Kits and for €54, you get a heap of products for your eyes and lips! This set, the Warm one, features a Lipstick in Kinda Sexy, Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare, Technakohl Liner in Graphblack, In Extreme Dimension Lash, and Eye Shadows in Honey Lust and Soba. The Cool set, which I will be picking up when I go away in September, has a Lipstick in Mehr, Lip Pencil in Soar, Technakohl Liner in Brownborder, In Extreme Dimension Lash, and Eye Shadows in Soft Brown and Mulch. Are you able? For I am not my friends. I love how this look turned out and if you wanted to treat yourself, or a pal, or yourself AND a pal, then this is so worth checking out. And for those interested in how I fixed my scaldy brows, I used one of my favourite brow products, the Urban Decay Brow Beater in Taupe which is just €16.50 in The Loop. #lovelygirliebits #sp #theloopdutyfree
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Now, when perusing The Loop, I have a method to my madness when it comes to shopping.  I like to grab a basket, place in said basket all of the things I like and then whittle them down.  Except this time I couldn't whittle because I felt compelled to get all the bits.  Some of the products were bought on my last trip, some were bought in May and some I got myself but are available in The Loop.

The Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint is one of my favourite purchases of the summer and while they didn't have my shade in stock back in May, you might be luckier than me and be able to get it in The Loop and save a few bob.

I'm a huge fan of Estee Lauder Double Wear and figured it was the perfect time to replace my empty bottle. Fans of a full coverage foundation that does not budge at all will love it.  Applied with a makeup sponge, it gives me a truly flawless finish and survives all the sweats.  All of them.  We're talking squirting sweat out of my forehead.

I've been hearing about Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel for years now and for me, the hype is real...  This is ideal for keeping the summer glow alive girls and I'm raging I didn't think to pick it up in The Loop back in May!  But lots of my makeup loving pals have treated themselves to it in the airport over the summer.

If you're a fan of a cream blush, and even if you're not, the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges are among the best I've tried and if you love a really natural, skin like blush, look no further gals.  Calypso Coral is my jam and this is my second pot.  You can use it on your lips and cheeks, making it doubly versatile and a sin not to pick up.

I bought the Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow when I was going to Spain in May so I'm not sure if they'll still have it, but listen, if you're feeling fancy and want to treat yo'self to anything Tom Ford, sure you might as well do it in The Loop and save yourself a few euro.  Which will no doubt be spent on more makeup bits.

This is a pinch me moment gals as I’m working with @theloopdutyfree to show you just some of what you can pick up when heading away! Those of you who know me will already know that for me, my holidays begin once I get to The Loop and I always have to treat myself to a few bits. And while my collaboration was for just one video, there are so many things I want to show you and that I think you’d love, that I filmed three. I know. I’ll roll them out over this week so if you’re heading away soon, it might give you a bit of inspiration station across the nation if you want to pick up a few bits. They had so many new products, some of which were airport exclusives, so make sure to head to my stories to see them too. But it’s time for a demo video! Some of these products were bought on the way to France, some I got going to Spain in May, and some I already had in my collection but are available in The Loop. Products used Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint - Medium Light - I’ve waffled so much about this since I got it in May and I still use it so much. It makes for the perfect base, can be worn on its own on no makeup makeup days and feels so lightweight on the skin. Estee Lauder Double wear - shade 1N1 Ecru. This is something I’ve had on my list to repurchase for ages now and it’s one of my all time favourite bases, especially in the summer and you want your foundation to stick around all day. It works best on me with a makeup sponge and gives a flawless yet natural looking finish. Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel - I’ll just say this. I don’t know how I lived without this and I know that’s fierce dramatic, but it’s ideal for adding warmth to your skin. Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral - this is my second pot of this and it can be used on the cheeks and lips, giving a beautiful flush of colour. It’s one of my summer must haves. Tom Ford Radiant Perfecting Powder in Gilt Glow was a treat to myself when going to Spain in May and I just love the natural finish it gives. And if you’re thinking about picking up some Tom Ford goodies and you’re heading away, then you might as well take advantage of The Loop’s prices! #lovelygirliebits #sp #theloopdutyfree
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Now, on to lip sets and the final video I wanted to show you.  I can't remember the last time I bought a MAC Lipstick but in The Loop, they're like busses and three come along!  MAC lipsticks are usually €20 in town, but for €43.50, you get these three wearable shades.  Now, the sets are labelled wrong on the website, because this set is no more Deep than I am.  It has three gorgeous light shades, Twig, Peach Blossom and Honeylove and they're me in lipstick form!

I've not tried much from Bare Minerals at all and I generally start with lipsticks when trying out bits from a brand.  The Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick Trio set is €30 and are regularly €20 each, so you're getting them for half price.  They're my kind of lipstick in terms of gloss and finish and I love them!  You get the shades Kitty, Nudist and XOX in the set.

And for me, no trip to The Loop is complete without picking up one of the Clarins Lip Perfectors and this time I picked the most gorgeous shade of the Instant Light Lips - a more sheer version of the regular Lip Perfectors.  Shade 7 is a beautiful dusky pink shade that has been in my handbag since the day I got it.

Is it bad that I'm already looking forward to seeing The Loop in Terminal 2 that's just been finished when I head away next month?!  Didn't think so!

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I’m back with my final video in collaboration with @theloopdutyfree to show you some of the travel exclusives and bargains to be had if you’re heading away soon! I’ve a blog post recapping all of my finds from the summer, so head to for more details. MAC have a bunch of these Travel Exclusive lipstick sets and of course I had to pick up the Light version. Nude lip lover for life right here! The set has Twig, Peach Blossom and Honeylove and at €43.50, it’s whopper value. Speaking of whopper value, the Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick set from @baremineralsuk is a nude lipstick lover’s dream with the shades Kitty, Nudist and my favourite, XOX. It’s only €30 and these lipsticks are usually around the €20 mark each. And of course, you know I had to pick up one of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors and this time I bought Shade 7, a sheer dusky pink that’s been in my handbag since getting it! If you’re going to be in Dublin Airport in the future, do yourself a favour and give yourself an extra half an hour to wander through The Loop because they have some serious bargains. Check out my Highlight to see some other finds! #TheLoopDutyFree #lovelygirliebits #sp
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid review, before & after photos!

As I hurtle towards my next birthday, I'm looking for all the help I can get in keeping my skin looking fresh as a daisy, both with and without makeup.  I was really looking forward to putting the new Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid to the test when I heard it was launching and hoped that it would illuminate and firm my skin as the bottle says.

With ingredients including chicory and red jania to give firmer, smoother, more luminous and radiant skin after 28 days (I haven't tested it out for that long gals because I have a heap of foundations to review, but if I get a good run at this, I'll definitely update you!) along with Clarins' Skin Tone Optimizing Complex, my face and I were ready for action.  While the before & after photos below were taken today, I've used this about 5-6 times now and from experience, that's enough for me to form an opinion when it comes to foundations.

I was sent two shades, 105 being the closest match to my complexion and it's probably the one I'd have chosen if I went to get colour matched.  The foundation has the traditional Clarins scent and while I can't put my finger on what it is exactly, if you like the scent of your usual Clarins base, you're going to love this.  I think it smells lovely and it dissipates quickly after application.  I've used both a buffing brush and a makeup sponge to apply the Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid and both leave an equally flawless finish.

As you can see in the before and after photo above, two pumps of the foundation gives an even coverage, but it doesn't look like I'm wearing makeup.  As in it looks like skin, just skin that's more evened out and it covers the redness beautifully but without looking heavy or cakey.

The finish is just gorgeous.  Can you see the absolute radiance on my cheek below?  Now with that radiance comes a bit of tackiness, so for oily skinned folk, we might want to powder the centre of our faces, just from a sensation point of view.  I don't like the feeling of a wetter (or moist) foundation but in my testing, I've tried this out with and without powder and I have to say, even without powder it lasts a good 5 hours before I feel the need to take down the shine.  I did find that it sat in my smile lines a bit, but that's ok, I spend a lot of time laughing and smiling in work, so I ain't mad at it.  I would usually powder those bits and when I do, it's grand.

I think if you'd dry skin, you'd love this and if you'd oily, I'd just keep the powder handy for the oil, not for the radiance because the glow is real gals.

Now, the first day I tested it out, I swatched the two shades on the back of my hand, just to get a feel for the texture before deciding how to apply it.  Below is shade 108.5 on the left and 105 on the right and that photo is taken about 15-20 minutes after I first applied them.

I'd a feeling that they looked a bit darker compared to when I first applied them so I wanted to do a little experiment to see if they'd oxidised.  So I removed half of the swatches for both shades and then applied a small amount of each shade again above the older swatches.  There's a decent amount of oxidation (when the foundation comes in contact with oxygen in the air and changes colour), so that's worth noting if you go to get colour matched.

In the photos below, I didn't powder my face or put any bronzer on, I just have the foundation and a bit of blush on the cheeks and the oxidation is less obvious, but it's still there, so I have to make sure to bring the foundation down my neck so that it ends up being the same colour as my face!

But I'm just being picky but also highlight when a foundation oxidises and how it can affect your colour selection.  So go get colour matched on your face, let it sit for half an hour while you do your bits and then see if it's still a good colour for you.

The Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid is out now, it's €40 and comes in 40 shades.  If you're looking for a natural looking, radiant foundation that is a mix of makeup and skincare, then it's most definitely worth checking out!  Watch my Instagram video to see it in action!

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It’s Monday and I’m easing us into it with another This Is Not A Tutorial I was sent the @clarinsofficial Everlasting Youth Fluid last week and while I’ve only worn it a couple of times so far, I think we’re going to get on fabulously. I’m going to review it properly next week as I have some thoughts already, but first impressions are great! Check out the natural finish and gorgeous glow it gives… Full thoughts will be next week. I still love the @flormarireland_uk Bronzing Powder for warming up my complexion and a little goes a long way, so not only will this last for years, but I managed to apply the right amount today! For blush, I picked between two of the new Joli Blushes from Clarins and both of them were made for me! The lighter one is Cheeky Coral and I ended up choosing Cheeky Peach. I love love love these and I’ll talk about them in more detail soon. Keeping things on the Clarins theme, I used one of my all time favourite mascaras, Supra Volume Mascara which gives lots of volume and length. Then I had to choose between two of the new Intense Lip Perfectors from Clarins and I ended up showing them both! The first shade is 17, Intense Maple and it’s my favourite of the two. It’s really wearable and packs a punch in terms of colour payoff. Shade 18 is called Intense Garnet and at first I wasn’t sure about it, but it’s one that takes time to build up to this beautiful jewelled shade. I think I’d use a lip liner with this one to help make things easier and now I want to see what the other two shades from the Intense Lip Perfectors are like! Thanks for watching! #lovelygirliebits #lovelygirliebits1minutevideo #clarinsautumn #naturalmakeuplook #40plusblogger #clarinsireland #everlastingyouthfluid #joliblush #intenselipperfector #clarinsautumnmakeup
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Monday, August 12, 2019

4 travel friendly face palettes to transition into autumn!

You've taken a notion to book a weekend away, or even an overnight stay somewhere and then the important stuff starts.  What products should I bring?  Should I bring my fancy shampoos and conditioners or should I hope for the best with the dry shampoo?  Will one eyeshadow palette do the job or do I need a selection?  And how many nude lipsticks is too much?  Is there such a thing?!

It's ok gals because I'm going to help take away some of the stress because I have four face palettes that look after your bronzer/contour, blush and highlight and in most instances, your eyes too.  If you're someone who finds whittling down their travel makeup bag a doddle, then this post isn't for you, but for those of us who have been known to pack 7kg of products going on holidays for one week, we need all the help and guidance and non judgement as possible ok bye.

First up is the Luna by Lisa Pearl & Glow palette (€20).

If you love a peach blush with a grand bit of shimmer, you're going to love this.  The whole palette has serious colour payoff but I'm telling you, if this blush came in its own pan, I'd be happy out repurchasing it because it's me all over.  I'd love for the three pans, the blush, bronzer and highlight to be the same size so I don't feel like I'm rationing the two smaller pans, but I'm totally being picky and I think that's because I tend to only use a light wash of highlight when I'm doing my makeup.  The bronzer is lovely and warm, blends like a dream and that highlight is a beautiful champagne shade with a slight pink tone to it.  The eyelighter (the swatch on the right below) is pale gold perfection and I've been known to wear that as a highlight on the cheeks and as a wash of colour all over the lid with the bronzer in the crease.  The palette has been reduced to €20 now and is well worth picking up.

Watch the video below to see it in action.

I love a multifunctional beauty product and the Pearl & Glow Face Palette from @lunabylisa is just gorgeous! The bronzer is cool enough to be used as a contour and warm enough to be used as a bronzer. The blush is me in blush form. Peachy and shimmer and glowy and beautiful! As for the highlight, that’s the star of the show and the sheen it leaves on my skin is stunning. The only part of it that I haven’t used as much is the eyelighter and that’s just because I forget πŸ™ˆ I don’t use shimmery shades on my brow bone but like using them on the inner corner (when I think of it). It’s available now and is well worth the €30 in my opinion. Stick it on your Christmas wish list wha! Tag your pal who needs a little nudge for gift inspo this year πŸ˜‚ #lovelygirliebits #lovelygirliebits1minutevideo #lunabylisa #facepalette #christmasgiftguide
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The Misslyn Travel Kit All in One Palette in Globetrotter (€16) totally surprised me and I used it for the first time in one of my Instagram videos which you can see below.

The blush and bronzer aren't as pigmented as Luna, but if you're someone (me) who can tend to overapply their product, then something that's lighter and buildable is worth checking out.  This palette has the addition of a mattifying powder which is so finely milled and whenever I use it, I watch it blur my face right before my eyes.  It's a deadly palette and the only thing I'd change is for it to have one lid for all four products rather than having the two.  It makes it a bit more faffy when trying to use the powder because I generally hold the palette in my left hand when doing my makeup and can't keep the lid open.

See the Misslyn palette in action below.

Tonight’s This Is Not A Tutorial features some new products tried for the first time on camera and if there’s anything you want a more in depth review of, let me know! The Vichy Mineralblend in Shade 01 gives a gorgeous glow to the skin with light to medium coverage. I can’t wait to give it a proper go over the next little while and will report back! The Misslyn Travel Kit is one of the handiest products I’ve tried in a while with its bronzer, blush, highlight and setting powder, all for €13.95. It’s fab! I am obsessed with the Kiko Super Colour Waterproof Eyeliners and the shade 116 is my favourite thing I bought when I was in Spain. I can do a proper flick with these guys and now I want more shades! My Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara will come as no surprise to those who have been here for a while and it’s one of my all time favourites. And for the lips, I wanted to show the Clarins Joli Rouge Lacquers in action after being sent four of them. I applied them in the following order: 705L Soft Berry 757L Nude Brick (my fave of the four) 760L Pink Cranberry 762L Pop Pink Thanks for watching!
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The SoSu by SJ Sunset Glow Palette (€12.95) is for the bronze goddesses out there and if you love a gold highlight, then look no further.  It's a stunner and is the cheapest of the four.

The blush has more pink in it than the previous two but still leans on the peach side and the bronzer gives the most beautiful sheen to the skin and warms up my complexion in seconds.  This is the smallest of the palettes here so it's perfect for keeping in the handbag and the bronzer in the crease and highlight on the centre of the eye means that it's versatile it's fierce handy.  That highlight is like butter on the skin and if you're looking for a solid no fuss palette that doesn't take up much space in the handbag, then this is worth checking out.

Watch the video below to see the Sunset Trio palette in action!

Oh what’s that, another ridey summer face that took me minutes to do?! Tonight’s This Is Not A Tutorial features a heap of new products that I got sent by @thebeautybasketie recently for a job and while the collaboration is over, I still wanted to film a video and show them in action (PS I still have a discount code with them if you want 15% off 😜 it’s KAREN15 ) (not an affiliate, not an ad, just saving you a few bob!) Back to the products at hand and yes, I love me a natural glowy bronzey look that takes minimal effort 😍 The gorge @sarahkearymakeup sent me her 9 Piece Professional Make-Up Brush Set when I was away on holidays and it literally contains every brush you’d need for a full face and comes in a really handy case. Tis only fab 😍 I started by using the Foundation Brush to work my @sculptedbyaimee Beauty Base into my skin and this is just beautiful on. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tacky or anything, just nice and radiant and ready for the foundation. I used the same brush to apply the new @flormarireland_uk HD Invisible Cover Foundation which sits beautifully on my skin before going in with the @flormarireland_uk Contour & Conceal Stick in Medium, buffing it in with the Contour Brush. I love an aul cream contour and this one blends easily into the skin. I needed a little somethin’ somethin’ on the cheeks so applied the blush from the @sosu_bysuzannejackson Sunset Trio Palette with the Powder Brush and then used the same brush to apply the highlight from the same palette. That’s such a whopper palette for travelling bridies. To finish the look, I dusted a small amount of the @flormarireland_uk Invisible Loose Powder to the centre of my face and any parts that tend to get oilier in the summer and I was good to go! Thanks so much for watching! #lovelygirliebits #lovelygirliebits1minutevideo #flormar #sarahkearymakeup #sosubysj #budgetbeauty #beautybasket #summermakeup #40plusblogger
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Finally we have the SoSu by SJ x Rosie Connolly Radiant Magic palette (€29.95) the newest to join my collection.

This has the most shades of the four with two bronzers, two blushes and two highlights.  I've done a YouTube video showing it in action that I'll link below but this is such a well thought out and versatile palette that I've been wearing on the face and eyes and see that shade Cinnamon?  That's a really close dupe for Urban Decay's Riff which is one of my all time favourite shadows ever.  If you watch the video you'll see that I was very pleasantly surprised with the pink blush and you might know I rarely wear pinks but this is stunning!

Thanks to my work pal Kim for inspiring me to do this post.  She messaged me the day before her holiday asking which of the palettes I'd recommend so that led to an in-depth Whatsapp chat where I sent her photos of the swatches and all.  I'm fierce kind what can I say.

What's your favourite face palette at the moment?

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