Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

Concealer

There’s a new concealer in my beauty bag this month and one that came recommended by you. I have been a long time user of Rimmel’s Match Perfection Concealer and felt there was no need to try something new but when something gets recommended by a lovetomtom reader, I know it’s worth a go. Continue reading

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Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

It’s time to go back to the beauty bag with another mascara. You know how much I love the L’Oréal Miss Baby Roll mascara and I was reluctant to try anything else but a number of people recommended this new mascara to me so I thought I would give it a whirl.

I was going to wait to post this just to give you a break from mascara but I think it’s perfect timing. Perfect timing given how much I loved the last mascara I tried and how much I dislike this one. I’m sure there are going to be many of you who will think I’m bonkers but I really dislike the Urban Decay Troublemaker mascara so much, I can’t even use it! Continue reading

Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

Moisturised Sun-kissed Skin

I’ve two new products that have become permanent fixtures in my beauty bag the past few months and I’m delighted to let you know that I only have good things to say about these two items.

The first is a new product (to me) from La Roche-Posay. I didn’t think I could love La Roche-Posay any more than I already do but then I tried Lipikar Lait. I found after my holiday in the sun my skin had become extremely dry and I needed something super-duper to tackle it. I usually use olive oil as moisturiser applying it in the evenings before bed (not a good idea to lather yourself in olive oil and head outdoors). Lipikar Lait claims to have ‘48hr lipid-replenishingno paragons, 100% hypoallergenic and minimal ingredients and fragrance’, but whatever is in it, it works, and does so bloody well! This is so moisturising and despite being rich and creamy it absorbs well with no slippy, greasy residue. It does have a slight fragrance on application but nothing to bother even my fussy nose. I thought I’d be battling my dry skin for weeks but within a few days of using this, my skin felt permanently soft and moisturised. Even using it on my body every second day (out of pure laziness), my skin feels smooth and healthy. I cannot recommend this product enough! Even if dry skin is not an issue for you, I would still encourage you to get your hands, legs, arms and torso smothered in it. Continue reading

Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

Moisturisers

I’ve been experimenting with moisturisers the past little while and I tell you, I fear I’ve been missing out! I thought I had worked out my skin care routine and was happy with how my skin was looking but it seems I’ve been doing things all wrong.

I tend not to pay too much attention to moisturisers mostly because I feel the skin care products I use provide me with enough moisture. I’ve been mistaken. Recently a friend gave me a sample of the new Vichy Slow Âge rangeActually she gave me two products to try; the cream moisturiser and the fluid moisturiser. I used both products and couldn’t tell the difference between them. But either way, I did notice a huge difference in my skin. Using the moisturisers day and night I felt my skin was much softer, my make-up seemed to apply better and overall my skin looked fresh and plump. All clichéd terms when it comes to skin care but I can’t think of a better way to describe it. Continue reading

Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

BB Cream

Before I jetted off on holidays I intended to pack light. An unusual occurance for me indeed but I knew it was going to be hot and I was going to spend the majority of the time near the pool so I had no intention of doing a full face of makeup everyday. Instead I wanted something light, with a little coverage for the evenings. A tinted moisturiser perhaps or possibly a BB cream of some sort. I’ve used BB creams in the past and found they don’t agree with my skin at all. Either they didn’t provide enough coverage or they gave me too much of a glow. And not the good kind.

With little time to research, I gave this Garnier BB Cream a whirl. Before I get into the nitty-gritty I did have my eye on Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue – Tinted Moisturizer and despite nearly every review I  read being a positive one, many pointed out it was not great for oily skin. At €32 I was not going to take that chance. The other product I have wanted to try for years is Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer but again at €48 this was going to require more research than I had time for. Continue reading

Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

The Ordinary

It’s time to head back to the beauty bag and this week I’m going to start with my recent purchase from The Ordinary. There has been a lot of hype about this brand; a brand under the Decium umbrella and if I’m honest I was totally sucked in. High-end quality skin care at reasonable prices?! Who wouldn’t be sucked in? Eager to spend my money I went straight to The Ordinary website and then it happened, I found myself in a world of confusion. It was very hard to work out what was what, in which order to use the products and whether I needed all of them or none of them! I spent a lot of time researching products which delayed my purchase but I eventually got there. Continue reading

Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

Inglot Signature Collection

It’s time to head back to the beauty bag and I’m feeling rather overwhelmed (and a little camera-shy) of late so I’ve decided to do a smaller post on either one product a or few at a time so I can get on with things. The longer I leave it the more products I buy which means my beauty bag gets fuller and fuller and I haven’t shared a single thing with you, so it’s time for me to get cracking!

I was fortunate enough to attend the recent launch of Inglot’s Signature Collection and I couldn’t wait to get home to try the goods.

When going through my makeup collection I realised I actually didn’t own any Inglot product and I don’t know why. I’ve only heard good things about the brand and after trying this palette I will definitely be back for more.

There are four palettes in the Signature Collection and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the Berry  palette. A quad of four beautiful ‘berry inspired’ shades. Think golden cranberries. I went straight in and used all four at once. I’m not sure if that’s how you are supposed to do it but hey, I couldn’t resist.

I was so impressed with the pigmentation of all of the colours and I was even more impressed when my eyeshadow looked almost as good as it did in the evening when I first applied it in the morning. These colours are so beautiful on your eyes that you can really go full glam (which may not suit everyone) or you could try a more subtle look with just one colour.

It comes in their Freedom Palette, a great system for designing your own palettes and better still it’s reusable. I have to admit I’m not that keen on the magnetic lid (I’m being very picky here) and it is rather heavy so maybe not ideal for travelling but who cares, the eyeshadow is so bloody good.

With a retail price of €32 I may have actually put this palette back on the shelf, but now that I have tried it, I would not hesitate to buy one myself.

xo

Return of the Beauty Bag

Return of the Beauty Bag

Permanent Products 

It’s time to head back to my Beauty Bag and before I show you all the new products I’ve collected the past few months I thought it would be a good opportunity to show you my permanent products. For all you Beauty Bag ‘old timers’ you won’t be surprised by any of these and for all you newbies you’ve plenty to catch up on!

Just to mix things up a little and because I love a good chat I’ve decided to talk you through my beauty bag rather than type so you will now be able to hear my endless chat over on YouTube. Thanks to everyone who got in touch asking for the beauty bag to return and of course you know what’s coming next: Don’t forget to subscribe!

xo

November’s Beauty Bag

November’s Beauty Bag

I’m sorry to report it’s a rather empty looking beauty bag this month. Not much in it but it’s not all bad. I spent most of the month drooling over potential wish-list items, pretending I own all of them!

Let’s start with something I actually own; this tiny little beautiful bottle of lip oil heaven. It took me a while to get my hands on the Lancôme Juicy Shaker but not for want of trying. Every time I sampled these gorgeous lip oils I changed my mind about which shade I wanted and walked away empty-handed. Pretty indecisive, I know! However, I finally made a decision and went for the delicious Vanilla Pop and yes, it is actually delicious. If you have never used a lip oil before and you’re not sure what to expect, all I can say is it is nothing like a lip gloss. It is light and moisturising. No tacky, sticky feeling, just pure bliss for your lips. As an avid lipstick wearer I would say the staying power of the oil is not great but everything else about it is so good it doesn’t matter. I think it’s clear I love this product. If you were thinking about trying it I have seen a Christmas gift set of three which is great value for money.

November's Beauty Bag

Next is another lip product and not a newbie but one that has been pushed to the front of the stack; again. I have spoken about Nuxe’s Rêve de Miel and how wonderful it is and not just for lips. It’s back again and I especially like it in the colder weather when my lips feel a little dryer. I love applying it before bed and waking up with the softest, most lush lips! It goes with me everywhere so definitely deserves another mention.

November's Beauty Bag

Last in the beauty bag this month is Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Hard As Wraps which I got in a goody bag from a Littlewoods Ireland press preview earlier in the year, It’s not something I would buy for myself as I usually just spend my money on nail polish but I am glad I was able to try it. It claims the ‘Breakthrough patented gel that protects & strengthens fragile, soft or damaged nails’  and I think I have to agree. I use this as a base coat and have noticed the effects when wearing it. I have no idea if there are any long lasting effects but I like it all the same and would definitely purchase it myself.

November's Beauty Bag

Just for fun take a peak at a few things I’m lusting over. First look at the amazing Nars Give In Take eye and cheek palette as part of the Sarah Moon collection. I have seen some of this collection in person but this is just something else entirely!


Then there is Bobbi Brown’s City Collection and trust me this is just one of many wish-list products from Bobbi Brown!

Pretty in the Paris Palette from the City Collection 📷 @lodoesmakeup

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There are so many amazing products out this time of year. Some sold out before they hit the shelves but it’s nice to look anyway. You never know – Santa might be reading this as I type!

xo