Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ciate Christmas 2012

Ooh nail enthusiasts look at what we have here!  So exciting!  I saw these gift sets and immediately thought of CherrySue and know she'd love them, so Sue, this one's for you!

First up is the Ciate Caviar Mini Bar.  This deliciously packaged gift set has four Ciate mini Paint Pots in Knickerbocker Glory, Fit for a Queen, Sand Dune and Pom Pom and can be mixed and matched with the four Ciate mini blends of the Caviar Manicures; Candyshop, Hologram, Jubilee and Prom Queen.  You can even mix the Caviar Manicures together to make your own shade if you're feeling all Blue Peter.

Ciate Caviar Mini Bar Sets €27.50 available nationwide and on

The next set is just too dinky for words!  What you're seeing is the Ciate Festive Mini Mani Month.  It's an advent calender and behind each window is a Ciate Mini Paint Pot or Caviar Blend.  Ca-ute and calorie free!  Where else would you be getting 24 new nail polishes?

Ciate Festive Mini Mani Month €50 available exclusively from Arnotts
Do either of these tickle your pickle?  I'm thinking the Mini Bar Set for a friend and the Mini Mani Month for myself??

La Roche Posay Respectissime Ultra Doux Mascara & Physiological Eye Make Up Remover - perfect for sensitive eyes!

There is not one single morning of my life that goes by where I don't poke myself in the eyeball with my mascara wand.  Not one.  I need to keep make up remover and cotton buds right beside me every morning.  On mornings when I'm in a rush (which is most days), I have a 100% hit rate with the wand and my eyeball and spend the first couple of hours  of each day with red eyeballs.  I'm not saying that this new mascara from La Roche Posay will allow me to go wild and poke myself in the eyes willy nilly and come out unscathed, but I live in hope!

La Roche Posay have launched a new mascara, Respectissime Ultra Doux for those that have ultra-sensitive eyes.  First of all let me say that I channel Aretha Franklin every time I see anything from the Respectissime range.  And now you will too.  You're welcome.  You now have a theme tune for when you're applying your mascara.  Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me.

La Roche Posay Respectissime Ultra-Doux Mascara

94% of the ingredients are natural and contain purified mineral pigments, glycerine, shea butter, argan oil, natural emulsifier system along with natural waxes and gums.  I've been playing with this mascara for the past few weeks and I have to say, I'm really impressed with it.  When I first saw the weeny wand, I didn't have much hope for it but I ashamedly judged the wand based on size....  Lesson learned... Sometimes the smaller, thinner wands are great *ahem*

La Roche Posay Respectissime Ultra Doux Mascara
The formulation itself is on the thinner side but that means you can build up the coats easily.  I found the mascara added more length than it did volume and you can really see the extra length of my lashes in the photo below.  When it dried, my lashes still felt soft and almost like I had nothing on them.  I'd definitely recommend this mascara if you're looking for a more natural look.  It retails at €17.25 which is on the more expensive side, but if you have sensitive eyes, you know how hard it is to find something that doesn't irritate your peepers.  It's better to spend the few bob extra on something that works.

La Roche Posay Respectissime Ultra Doux Mascara Before and After
Now, what goes on must come off so what does a sensitive eyeballed lady do?  As you may know from reading the blog, I like to try products.  When it comes to eye make up remover, I haven't been very lucky in the ones I've tried.  I've had to go to work many a time with big red eyes from removing my make up the night before.  The only one that didn't hurt me was the Toleriane Eye Make Up Remover from La Roche Posay.  So about a month ago, I ran out of the little vials and went to my local chemist to pick up another pack.  I wanted to see if they had one big bottle of remover, to save a bit on packaging.  They didn't but they did have a big bottle of the Physiological make up remover.  I love the Physiological cleansing gel so I didn't bat an eyelid at picking this up and at €13.50, it didn't break the bank.

La Roche Posay Physiological Eye-Make Up Remover

This stuff is the business lads.  I can remove liner from my waterline without any irritation to my eyes.  I've been using it every day since buying it and can safely say I am hooked.  I'll still be bringing the Toleriane vials with me when I'm going away, but for every day home use, Physiological is the one for me.

So ladies, we are sorted thanks to La Roche Posay.  No more red eyeballs!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Clinique Christmas 2012

So it's nearly November and Halloween will be over soon so it's time to start your Christmas shopping!  Clinique have some absolutely gorgeous sets this Christmas and I had to show you so you can add them to The List!

First up is the Festive Face Essentials set, Black Tie Violets.  It has everything you need to get your visage ready for a night out during the holiday season; Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, Cream Shaper For Eyes in Mink, Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad, High Impact Mascara and Bottom Lash Mascara and finally a Chubby Stick in Woppin' Watermelon.  Isn't it gorgeous?!
Clinique Black Tie Violets €70.00
Lovely Mammy Bits loves the Happy scent from Clinique and she'd be delighted to see that they have this set with the original Happy scent and have added subtle twists to create four other Happy inspired fragrances to create Complete Happiness!
Clinique Complete Happiness €35.00

This bad boy is going on my list.  The Clinique Luxurious Lashes Mascara Wardrobe has every type of mascara you need depending on the look you're going for.  Containing Bottom Lash Mascara, High Impact Mascara, High Lengths Mascara, Lash Power Mascara and Lash Doubling Mascara, this gift is the perfect way to try new mascaras at an affordable price.  They're all smaller sized tubes and so when you pick the ones you love, you can get them in full size!
Clinique Luxurious Lashes Mascara Wardrobe €30.00
This next set is ca-ute!  The Mix It Up Kisses set has a selection of moisturising glosses, long last glosswears and lipsticks and with a dinky keychain and clutch, it's great value!  Containing Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Lilac and Grapefruit, Long Last Glosswear in Juicy Apple and Whisper and Different Lipstick in Raspberry Glace and Glazed Berry.
Clinique Mix It Up Kisses €30.00

Also on my wish list is the Taste of Honey set containing four sheer, honey-hued Almost lipsticks.  The darkest shade, Black Honey, looks perfect for creating a subtle vampy lip for those of us that are a bit afraid of dark lippies!  The set contains Shy Honey, Flirty Honey, Lovely Honey and Black Honey.  Beautiful!

Clinique Taste of Honey €35.00

How cute is the Kisses From Clinique set?  It has six shades of Superbalm Moisturising Glosses; Currant, Raspberry, Lilac, Grapefruit, Apricot and Rootbeer.  The fact that there are six shades means you can keep one everywhere, in your handbag, car, desk, you get the idea!
Clinique Kisses from Clinique €25.00

Finally, we have the Whole Lotta Colour set that has five Chubby Sticks!  It has four of the most popular shades and one limited edition and come on, it's a perfect way to give them all a go for a decent price!  The set has Richer Raisin, Curvy Candy, Chunky Cherry, Oversized Orange and Super Strawberry and I need them all in my life!
Clinique Whole Lotta Colour €35.00
I think Clinique have done us proud this Christmas and given us so much choice!

What's on your Clinique Wish List?


Roger & Gallet Gingembre Fragrant Water and Body Lotion

It was that oh so familiar story.  Girl goes into chemist on a Friday evening, just for a look (famous last words).  Girl sees the Roger & Gallet stand and of course has to have a whiff of everything.  Girl is intrigued at the word Gingembre and puts a bit of the lotion on the back of her hand.  Girl has love hearts appear in her eyes and then sprays the corresponding Gingembre fragrant water on her wrist.  Girl freaks the hell out as she knows that scent and has been lusting after it for months!  Girl decides to be good and goes home sans purchase and makes her sister smell her hand and wrist the whole way home.  The following day, girl is still obsessing over the products and 15 minutes before the chemist closes, legs it over and buys the much loved products and when asked by the sales assistants in the chemist if it's for a gift, girl says yes.  Girl is worried that sales assistants will think she's un poco loco for running to the chemist right as it's closing to buy these.

But lads, I am obsessed.  I'm sure I've seen these products before on my visits to chemists where I always visit the Roger & Gallet stands but figured it was going to be a sweet, warm, wintery fragrance and I'm sorted when it comes to those types of scents.  I was wrong.  Want to see what I bought?

Roger & Gallet Gingembre Fragrant Water & Fragrant Body Lotion
They didn't have the large version of the fragrant water so this little one was €14.50 I think.  The lotion was €17 and I know for a fact I'll be going through these two at bottleneck speed.  

So the Frenchy name is Gingembre and I've decided that it sounds like the name of a month, so forget November, next month is Gingembre.  I thought it was going to be just spicy and warm and expected visions of me smelling like a ginger bread house like on Great British Bake Off.  Instead, it's bright and there's the barest hint of fresh ginger, in this case Japanese ginger, combined with two of my favourites, neroli and bergamot.  It's a definite day time scent and I honestly believe I've got my summer scent sorted forever.  I'll totally be wearing it from now until summer because I love it so much, but this will be gorgeous to help cool you down and make you feel fresh.  As it dries down, it becomes warmer and I can smell the slightly spicy Jamaican ginger and hint of musk.

Roger & Gallet Gingembre Fragrant Water
It's light and fresh and lads, here's the clincher, the thing that made my eyeballs widen and the obsession start.  It smells just like Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino which costs around the €150 for a small bottle....  I've been lusting over that for the last 6 months or so and was going to get it next month in New York.  I don't need to now!  Roger & Gallet have saved me so much money and for that, I will be eternally grateful.  I know myself, spending €150 for a weeny bottle is crazy talk but I'm a perfume obsessive and knowing me, I'd be afraid to use it just because of the cost.  Now I can spray Gingembre to my heart's content and smell amazing!  

Now, on to the lotion.  I love clean, soapy scents.  My obsession with Narcisso Rodriguez's Essence Eau De Musk is testament to that and I still wear that all the time as the heat in the office can sometimes make me feel sleepy.  This lotion..... Oh ladies it's gorgeous.  I think it smells different to the fragrant water in that it's much, much brighter and cleaner but the two work so well together.  

Roger & Gallet Gingembre Fragrant Body Lotion
I actually feel bad for anyone who knows me because I'll be getting you to smell me as my love affair with this turns into a full blown long term relationship.  How I never tried this range from Roger & Gallet before is beyond me but I am hooked.  If you could see me as I'm writing this, I haven't stopped smiling each time I go for a whiff of my arm and wrist!

I urge you to go check this out stat and here, no excuses, I'm even giving you a list of stockists.

Have you tried this and are you excited for the month of Gingembre?!

Monday, October 29, 2012

My Favourite Five 29/10

For the past couple of weeks I haven't done my Favourite Five posts from my fellow bloggers.  Work was so busy and my evenings were equally busy meaning I didn't have a huge amount of time to read posts, so I've taken advantage of this bank holiday weekend and have caught up on all the posts form my favourite bloggers!

1.  Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the funniest post I've ever read and I cried actual tears and snorted like a lunatic reading it.  My good friend Mags from Emerald Eyeliner shared her waxing experience with us and even now I'm still smiling every time I think of it and yes, she has before and after photos!

2. I'm a massive fan of The Nailasaurus and this rainbow manicure is absolutely gorgeous and I want to try it myself.  Check it out here and you'll be drawn into Sammy's blog, I guarantee it!

3. Jane from British Beauty Blogger has another fantastic post about bloggers and PRs and I found myself reading it a few times.  Things are always changing in the blogging/PR relationship and once again, Jane spelled it out easily for us.  Definitely one to read if you're a blogger or PR.

4. I'm a huge fan of Siobhan from and her Halloween looks are always amazing.  This masquerade look is absolutely stunning and make sure you watch the video too.  She's so talented!

5. Buy now, blog later's Laura made me want this gorgeous necklace.  I'm very into dainty pieces that I can wear every day and this has been added to the list for consideration!  The dress she's wearing in the post is also mucho mucho pretty and it's from Dorothy Perkins!

Feel free to leave your blog links below and I'll be sure to check them out!

Friday, October 26, 2012

I Lush-ed myself

The night before last I decided to have a themed shower.  I've lots of Lush goodies to make my way through, so I knuckled down and got cracking on some of the bits and bobs that have been sent my way recently.

First thing I do in every shower is shampoo my hair.  In the Merry and Bright gift box came the Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub which said it could be used on the body and hair.  A scrub for my hair?!  Sure go on, I love trying new things.  This blue scrub is loose in texture, smells marine fresh and I took about a tablespoon out and plopped it in my hair.  It lathered up easily and I worked on massaging the salt into my scalp as it's really dry at the moment right at the hairline.  A quick rinse later and I had squeaky clean cheveux.

Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub
Next, conditioner time.  I got the Big Solid Conditioner a few weeks ago and the first time I used it, I wasn't too pushed as it was too solid.  I know, it's called a solid conditioner for a reason but I felt like I was rubbing my hair with it and it was doing nothing.  Then I did something bold but worked out for the best.  I kind of left it in it's wrapping paper on the side of the shower.  It went a bit mushy but still stayed in one piece, it was just easier to take off the amount I needed and soften it even more in my hands before applying it to my hair.  I felt like my hair sucked it up immediately and whereas I'd usually be able to feel conditioner on my hair, this felt like I'd nothing in it.  This has sea salt, seaweed infusion, coconut oil, jojoba and lemon and lime juice in it.  It doesn't have much of a scent and I let it sit on my hair as I went about the rest of my showerly business.

Lush big Solid Conditioner - looks like a lump of lard but it's not.  Promise
As I let my conditioner do it's work, I took it upon myself to try out the Twilight shower gel.  This purple gel has the barest hint of silver shimmer in the bottle and smells soothing and relaxing.  Perfect for a night time shower.  With a lavender infusion and essential oil and  touch of vanilla, this lathered up and left me feeling lovely and calm, ready to get into my jimmy jams.

Lush Twilight Shower Gel - thankfully nothing to do with vampires
I dried my hair and it was soft and shiny and I was smelling lovely.  All in all a very successful shower as showers go!  You can read all about the Christmas collection from Lush here.

Side note - let the record show I did have a shower last night too.... Not just the night before last

Boots star gift - 26th October - 1st November

It's that time of the week where you have a week to pick up a great bargain at Boots!  And earn points (always the clincher for me).

This week's Star Gift is the Gok Bag of Indulgence on sale at €29 (usually €60).  Anything that has the word indulgence in it makes me raise an eyebrow as I do like to indulge myself every so often!

Inside the bag is:

  • Body Wash with Rose Oil
  • Body Lotion with Rose Oil
  • Bath Essence
  • Body Butter with Argan Oil
  • Body Scrub with Almond Oil
  • Gold Coloured Body Puff

The packaging is bright and fun and you can use the box for storage afterwards so if you're looking for a present for yourself or a lucky lady, then you have one week to pick this up!  It's in stores from 26th October - 1st November so be quick!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bobbi Brown Christmas 2012

Just look at these beauties.... Bobbi Brown has done it again and released a stunning collection for Christmas 2012.  Their philosophy this year is to treat yourself as you buy presents for others and I stand up and applaud that kind of sentiment!  I'm all for the "one for you and one for me" rule of life!  I thought I'd show you some of my favourite pieces from the collection and as you show this to friends, do the aul wink wink, nudge nudge, buy me that.

Take a look at the Bellini Lip & Eye palette.  I don't usually like palettes that have both shadows and glosses in them but I'd totally make an exception for this....  Ten eye shadows and four lip shades, completed with a mirror and two mini brushes, can I say Happy Christmas to moi?!
Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip & Eye Palette €65

There are two smaller Lip & Eye palettes; Uber Nude and Atomic Pink, pictured below.  These little guys are perfect for bringing with you on nights out as they've shadows, lip colour and lip glosses.

Bobbi Brown Lip & Eye palette Atomic Pink €42
There are two brush sets priced at €70 to €100 and pictured below is the Caviar & Oyster Collection Travel Brush set.  Bobbi Brown do some of the best brushes out there so this could be a proper investment if you want to start or expand your brush collection.

Bobbi Brown Caviar & Oyster Collection Travel Brush Set €100

If you're someone like me who carries a million products around in her handbag, then maybe this Powder Pearl Eye Trio is exactly what we need.  Do you like how I said we?  We're in this together and I'll use any excuse to buy more make up.
Bobbi Brown Powder Pearl Eye Trio €44

We have two eye shadow palettes in the collection, Rich Caviar and Black Pearl and the latter calls my name something fierce.  They'll take you from day to night and purely for that kind of functionality and the fact that everyone will go "ooh" when you take out your brand new spandangly Bobbi Brown palette, I love it and will be checking it out this weekend when I visit (stalk) the counter in town.
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Shadow Palette €46

Finally, I wanted to show you the 24 Karat Shimmer Brick in all it's glory.  This will give you that warm holiday glow that we all love during the Christmas season.  I mean, it's going to be party time and what says party more than glowy cheeks?!
Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Shimmer Brick €45

This collection really is beautiful and I can't wait to go play with it.  It's on counters now so go visit your potential presents!


Ivoire de Balmain review

Up until last month, I'd no idea that fashion house Balmain had their own range of scents.  Thankfully, at an event last month, my eyes and nose were opened to two of them and it was love at first sniff. The original Ivoire was launched way back in 1979 and it's back with new packaging, bringing it up to date and ready to be sniffed by a whole new generation.

With top notes of mandarine essence, orange essence and violet leaves, they wake you up and give you a little pep in your step.  First thing in the morning, I need all the pep I can get, so as soon as I get into work, this is sprayed on me and I'm ready to knuckle down.  As the initial waft of invigoration disappears, the heart of the scent comes into effect; galbanum, ylang-ylang essence, jasmine, rose pepper and vanilla.  This coincides with my reality check that no, I'm not going to be working at that fervent pace from when I first spritzed Ivoire on me.  It's more of a happy content feeling that I have the whole day ahead of me to be productive.  The base notes are patchouli essence, vetyver essence and cedarwood and that adds warmth and depth to the fragrance that hangs around long after the top notes are gone.  Then it's time to spray some more and the cycle starts again! 

To me, this is a day time perfume, full of floral greens.  It's bright, invigorating and gives me a bit of badly needed energy.  It puts me in good form as soon as I spray it on and it smells even better and makes me even happier when it's sunny out.  It makes these bright yet colder days so much more bearable.  The bottle is classic and elegant and totally mammy friendly.

I was given this at a PR event last month and let the record show, Balmain have another fragrance, Ambre Gris, that will be mine this year!

It's reasonably priced at €39/30ml, €55/50ml and €80/100ml.  I'm telling you, this is a gorgeous gift to give a lucky lady in your life (or yourself) this Christmas and it's a scent that will work year round.  You can find it in Debenhams, on and on


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MAC Fabulousness Collection - Christmas 2012

Earlier this week I showed you the Glamourdays Collection from MAC and today I've more goodies to tempt you and add to your Christmas wishlist!  The Fabulousness Collection is absolutely gorgeous with their satin packaged compacts and dinky bows.

Haute class, stylish inside and out.  Elegant eye shadow compacts reveal a palette of five perfectly coordinated colours that blend for softly chic or deeply dramatic holiday looks.  You have three choices: 5 Neutral Eyes, 5 Warm Eyes and 5 Smoky Eyes, all in our highly pigmented MAC formulas.  Highlight, contour and glamorize with buildable colour intensity.  The satin-tufted compact is a touch of modern romance with it's demure black patent bow accent.

The Warm Eyes compact is full of shades that will suit most eye colours.  If you're a boy looking for a present for your lady friend, this is the safest of the three!

MAC Fabulousness Warm Eyes €49
This purple Smoky Eyes compact has my name all over it.  I love purples, especially in the winter and they make for a pretty smoky eye with a bit of liner.
MAC Fabulousness Smoky Eyes €49
The Neutral Eyes compact has one of my all time favourite shades, Smut, in it and is complemented by some cool, shimmery shades.
Mac Fabulousness Neutral Eyes €49

The satiny goodness, or fabulousness, doesn't stop there!  There are some gorgeous face kits to go with the eye shadow compacts.  Below is the All For Glamour Face Kit/Gorgeous Bronze and is all you need for a night out on the town.  It has three eye shadows, a bronzing powder and two lipsticks, perfect!

MAC All For Glamour Face Kit/Gorgeous Bronze €65
If you like to keep your make up on the minimal side when doing some touching up, then the All For Glamour Touch Up Kits in medium, medium dark and dark might be just what you need.  Each one has a blot powder and a sheen supreme lipstick.
MAC All For Glamour Touch Up Kit Medium €40
There are two lip sets; Pimped Out Lip Look Bag in Lavish Coral and Luxurious Pink.  These guys have a Cremesheen Glass, a lipstick and a lip pencil and come in a cute pink and black animal print bag.

MAC Primped Out Lip Look Bag - Lavish Coral (L), Luxurious Pink (R) €32
For the eye shadow lovers out there, there are three Primped Out Eye Look Bags in Sensual Peach, Decadently Pink and Drama Taupe.  They come in green and black animal print make up bags and each set has an eye shadow duo, a mascara, a Powerpoint Eye Pencil and an angled shading brush.
MAC Primped Out Eye Look Bag - Sensual Peach €58.00

MAC Primped Out Eye Look Bag -  Decadently Pink €58.00

MAC Primped Out Eye Look Bag - Drama Taupe €58.00
There are some brush sets and a hanging travel bag that make up the collection but the photos I've shown you here are the best bits of the collection in my opinion.  I can't wait until November so I can see these little stunners in action and get swatching!  

Right, so my wishlist is comprised of the Fabulousness Warm Eyes Compact, the Primped Out Lip Look Bag in Lavish Coral and the Primped Out Eye Look Bag in Drama Taupe.  What do you fancy here?


Clinique Superbalanced Make up - Giving love to forgotten favourites

As a beauty blogger, I'm always talking about the new must have product of the moment and believe me, there are so many new fandangly things out there that I know I'll never run out of things to write about.  However, let us have a little moment of silence for those products that don't get as much love as they should.  The products that have been out for years and we use all the time, but get overlooked.

So today it's time to Give The Love To Forgotten Favourites.  First up is one of my favourite foundations ever; Clinique Superbalanced.  I feel sad that I'm calling it one of my favourites yet haven't featured it, but sure that's the point of this post.


Superbalanced is "the great equaliser for combination skin.  Provides moisture and absorbs oil as needed.  Minimises the appearance of fine lines."  When I first bought this last year, I didn't know any of this but liked how it felt on the back of my hand.  There are those times where all you need is a dab or two on the back of your hand to know something is going to be good.  This was one of those times.

It's one of those foundations that looks like my skin, only better.  It gives enough coverage to cover most of my blemishes but still lets my skin show through.  Ain't nobody likes the mask effect.  On my face, it's true to it's description and stays matte on my oily t-zone for hours, giving my dry cheeks some radiance and moisture.  I'd describe it as having medium coverage but is buildable and it lasts from 7am until about 2pm before I'd need to do any touching up.  Of my make up that is.  Dirty minds!

Clinique Superbalanced Foundation

I use the shade Alabaster and it's a bang on match for my skin.  It feels light and comfortable on my face and doesn't have a scent.  The only thing I'd like is if it came with a pump as I almost always pour too much out on the back of my hand.

I'll definitely be buying this again when I use up the bottle.  It was €28 well spent and I'd most heartily recommend giving it a go next time you're at your local Clinique counter.  My heart broke a little bit when Clinique Stay True Make Up was discontinued but thankfully Superbalanced has completed moi again!

What products do you use day in, day out and forget to rave about?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Urban Decay Christmas 2012

Feel free to email this page to your loved ones this holiday season.  It's either that or end up with some kitchen tool or a big granny cardigan, so save everyone a bit of hassle and pick out what you want from Urban Decay's Christmas 2012 offereings!

The Vice Palette is simply stunning.  Look at it!  Containing 20 brand new shades, there is actually no excuse whatsoever not to pick this up for yourself or add it to your wishlist.  Usually, palettes like this have shades we've seen before and so the justification process for purchasing is more difficult, but we usually get around it.  This is easy peasy and is packed full of mattes, shimmers, satins, neutrals and brights, not to mention that massive mirror!  Oh I think this will be mine this Christmas!
Urban Decay Vice Palette €47

The Feminine, Dangerous and Fun Palettes are dinky with a capital D.  So Dinky.  From the zipper that keeps it closed to the coordinating Lip Junkie Lip Gloss, each of these three palettes reflect different sides of your personality.  And, if they weren't cute enough, you can take the eyeshadows out and use it as a little clutch.

Urban Decay Feminine palette (L), Fun palette (M), Dangerous palette (R) €34
There's a 24/7 Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set that has my name written all over it.  I absolutely love the liners from Urban Decay and one of the shades is called Sabbath, a matte navy blue shade that's exclusive to this set.  Sold!  On the other end of Sabbath is Stash, a deep golden green metallic and the other pencil has the award winning Zero shade and Corrupt, a metallic reddish brown with silver metallic.  I need to see a swatch of that baby stat, sounds fabulous.
Urban Decay 24/7 Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set €27.00

Ocho Loco has eight full sized 24/7 Glide-On pencils and has four new bright shades along with four of the best selling shades from the range.  I'm totally intrigued at seeing Peversion, the "blackest black matte" along with that bright purple one, Psychedelic Sister.  This set has my name all over it and is a bargain at €45 when it should be over double that if you were to buy each of the pencils on their own.
Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Pencil set €45

The Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set has six of the creamy, buttery eye pencils that I am in love with and there's one brand new shade and three that you can only get in sets.  I can't recommend the 24/7 liners enough.  They stay put like nowt else!
Urban Decay Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set €32

I will be completely broke come Christmas but my face will look fabulous!  I'm thinking I need the Vice Palette and the Ocho Loco set.  What's on your wishlist?

Lauren Goodger brings Lauren's Way to Debenhams Ireland! Lovely Girlie Bits interviews!

On Saturday, Lauren Goodger, star of our guilty pleasure, The Only Way is Essex, was in Ireland to launch her Lauren's Way range of Glam tan and Christmas gift sets in Debenhams.  I got to pretend I was a paparazzi and went along to the photo call so all of these photos are mine!  Bit scarlet for me and my weeny camera compared to all the paps with their gimungous cameras but I'm delighted with my shots and I can knock being a pap off my To Do List!

We got to ask Lauren a few questions too when she was here on her whirlwind trip, so let's get to it!

Hi Lauren!  Welcome to Ireland.  The land of no sun yet every second girl is golden brown and looks like she's just come back from Marbs.  We live in a country where trying to find The Perfect Fake Tan is undertaken like it's our second job, so please tell us you're going to make it easy with Lauren's Way!

Here at Lovely Girlie Bits, we're a bit scared of fake tan.  What tips can you offer us to help us look like a bronzed goddess instead of a pasty blue skinned Bridie?

Exfoliate and moisturising are so important and need to be done regularly.  Make sure to use a colour to suit your skin tone.  My Lauren's Way spray tan comes in three different strengths so you can choose a shade that you need based on your colouring.  Or you can use my gradual tan product and build up the colour at first as to what you want it to be, but remember, keep it natural girls!

What makes your tan different to the others out there on the market today?

My tans are created to suit all skin tones and we have everything from spray tans, gradual, wash off, glam tan, mousse and lotions all in the one range... The great thing about my range is it doesn't smell so it's boy friendly.  It's instant and easy application so you can put it on before you go out and don't have to worry.

Apart from tanning, what's your top beauty tip?

My top tips would be to moisturise, exfoliate and drink lots and lots of water.

It's great to see you making a name for yourself in the beauty industry.  If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing?

I would like to be a make up artist.  Literally everything beauty, fashion and make up I love!

We miss you on TOWIE, will you be back?

No, I won't be back.  I am very grateful for where it has got me today but this is going to give me time to concentrate on me and what I want to do.

What's next for you?  Are you going to take over the beauty world?!

I have some exciting projects in the pipeline for 2013 with my Lauren's Way range.  I'm going to take it store by store for now and hopefully launch the range internationally in the future.  So watch this space because the only way is Lauren's Way!

Ok, it's time for the quickfire round, would you rather style!

Would you rather:
1. Have no eyelashes or no eyebrows?  No eyelashes
2. Have messy hair and nice make up or nice hair and messy make up?  Nice hair messy make up.
3. Wear the brown lipliner/pale lip combo or sport a perm?  Pale lips.
4.  Have a bad hair cut or bad colour?  Bad colour.
5. Shave your head or not cut your hair for five years?  Not cut my hair.
6. Lose your suitcase full of clothes on a trip or your toiletries bag?  Toiletries bag!
7. Give up your mobile phone or make up for a year?  I couldn't do either, I'm addicted to both!
8. Walk around all day with your skirt tucked into your knickers or have lipstick on your teeth?  I had lipstick on my teeth recently.  I've never had my skirt tucked into my knickers that I know of!

Thanks so much Lauren and all the best for the future.  We hope that Lauren's Way is a huge success for you here in Ireland!  The "Must Have Mini Gift Set" retails at €13 and the Christmas "Get The Essex set" retails at €26.

You can find Lauren's Way in Debenhams Henry Street and on

Monday, October 22, 2012

MAC Glamour Daze Collection - Christmas 2012

One of the things I look forward to the most about Christmas is seeing what collections MAC have in store for us!  My stash is awash with mini sets from Christmases past and from the looks of what's coming out this holiday season, my stash will be growing a leeeeedle bit more!

Glamour Daze is one of the beautiful collections on counters in November.

The aura of couture, the drama of the dressing room, the glamour of getting ready to step out for the holidays.  Sweet to sexy, lips to nails. An unforgettable look emerges with the shimmer of MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish and Powder Blush.  Evening eyes are done in Extra Dimension Eye Shadow, Fluidline and False Lashes and, the festive finishing touches: Lipglass in Pink Fade and Nail Lacquer in Endless Night.

Want a look at the collection?  Thought so.
Extra Dimension Eye Shadow €21.50 Ready to Party (L), A Natural Flirt (R)

Extra Dimension Eye Shadow €21.50 Evening Grey (L), Divine Blue (R)
Extra Dimension Eye Shadow €21.50 Stylish Merry (L), Stolen Moment (R)

Extra Dimension Eye Shadow €21.50 Round Midnight (L) ,Tall, Dark & Handsome (R)
Fluidline €19.50 Left-Right: Feminine Edge, Catch My Eye, Little Black Bow

Left: False Lashes Mascara €26.00.  Kohl Power Eye Pencil €19.50 L-R: Raven, Orpheus, Mystery,  Feline

Lipstick €19.50  L-R: Beauty, Innocence, Outrageously Fun, Glamourdaze, Dramatic Encounter

Lipglass €19.00 L-R: Impossibly Sweet, Pink Fade, Talk Softly To Me,  Deliciously Demure, Flight of Fancy

Powder Blush €24.00 L-R: Easy Manner, I'm The One, Small Vanity

Extra Dimension Skinfinish €28.50 L-R: Whisper of Gilt, Suberb

Nail Lacquer €13.50 L-R: Endless Night, In The Limelight, Girl Trouble, Everything That Glitters
Those Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are speaking to me, as is that dazzling nail lacquer in Everything That Glitters!  I've been wanting to try Raven Kohl Power Eye Pencil for ages.  It's black with red pearl so perfect for smokey eyes!

Is there anything you fancy from the Glamour Daze collection?
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