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-replenishing, no 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
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 range. Actually 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
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
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
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.
Return of the Beauty Bag
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
October’s Beauty Bag
My beauty bag this month is rather sad. Full of new products that have been absolutely, well, disappointing. I don’t like to waste too much time on the negatives but I was so disappointed that I wasted my money. I don’t want you to do the same so for that alone it’s worth telling you about them so you can avoid them!
Let’s get the worst out-of-the-way. This lipstick from the Penneys PS range in the shade It’s a date is absolute rubbish. There is no other way to describe it. I knew this colour was going to be a risk but from the colour on the packaging I thought it was going to be a purple berry colour, possibly a softer version of some darker shades out there. I was very very wrong. This colour can only be described as a purple-black which is not good. It feels disgusting on and looks disgusting on. I very rarely throw makeup out but this went straight in the bin.
It can only get better – yes? Well sort of. The next item I bought on the back of my love for another Penneys lipstick, the PS red matte lipstick crayon. You know how much I love the red version so I thought I would try out a different shade, this time a light almost nude pink. For anyone starting out with lipstick or for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, this is for you. For me, it is not matte enough and has nowhere near the staying power as the red. This one is staying but I don’t have a huge amount of love for it.
Next up is a range I was so excited about seeing in person and what a range it is. h&m beauty has a huge selection of shades and products and at such great prices. The first item I got my hands on is a soft kohl pencil in the shade black-purple. I have a sentimental attachment to kohl pencils. I can’t tell you how many black MAC pencils I went through when I was younger. But unlike my younger days, black kohl pencils are too harsh for me now (they probably were then too) so I usually opt for a brown shade and thought this colour would be a nice addition. Insert another sad face here. This product is not for me. The colour is lovely but the staying power is not great. I find it difficult to get a good colour pay off when applying it and once it’s on it doesn’t stick around long. Unlike the ridiculously bad lipstick, it won’t get thrown in the bin but I wouldn’t be buying another one.
Time to get to the good bits. First is another h&m product, this time an eyeshadow in the shade act your beige. Before I talk about the product itself I know gold seems to be everywhere these day but I think the gold and white package is lovely and sleek. On to the eyeshadow. It was perfect for what I wanted, close enough to my skin tone to look natural but enough shimmer to add a little pick me up. I find neutral shades are harder to test properly but so far so good. Easy to apply, easy to blend and it lasts well (I always use a primer). There is a little fall down when applying it but that shouldn’t put you off. For only €5.99 I will be going back for a darker shade to give it a really good test.
Time to finish with the best product this month. I was thrilled to see this works in transit camera close-up in November’s In Style magazine. I am always drawn to this works products but have never taken the plunge mostly due to the hefty price tag. I was delighted to sample this product and even more delighted with what I found. The product itself claims to be a three-in-one mask, moisturiser and primer and I would agree on two out of the three. I don’t really get a mask feel out of it but I would definitely say it’s a moisturiser and primer. It feels light on the skin but not so light that you think you are rubbing your money away. I did notice my makeup looked, better at the end of the day, not perfect but better than days I hadn’t used it. However, there is a downside but one that may only bother me. I hate lavender. Detest it actually and this smells of it. As much as I detest lavender, I have persisted as I only get the smell for a few seconds when apply it. Just shows you how much I like this product given my strong feelings on lavender! I would definitely purchase this and look at investing in other this works products.
September’s Beauty Bag
This month has been a fun one beauty wise mostly because there’s a few gifts inside and who doesn’t love presents?!
A dear friend of mine returned from her holidays in the USA and presented me with that all too familiar black and white striped bag. I knew I was going to like whatever was inside and I wasn’t disappointed. Finally I have my hands on the original Beauty Blender. I know I am slow to the game with this one but I’m here eventually. I had no idea how to use it so I did a bit of research. What I found was rather interesting. I found some very positive information and then I found some frightening information about germs and bugs! At this point I literally closed the lid of my laptop and washed my makeup brushes. But let’s pretend I know nothing about bugs in Beauty Blenders, I have positive things to say about this little wonder sponge. The application is easy, although I feel it takes me a little longer than using my fingers or a brush to apply foundation but the finish is just amazing! I hate to use words such as ‘flawless’ but that is what I feel the finish is; flawless. It is definitely worth my time both in the application and in taking care of it. Thank you Mrs Fox for knowing me so well!
Next is another gift from a special friend who spoils me often. This time she treated me to this amazing North America Hemp Co. Shine Spray. You know by now I don’t like too much fuss when it comes to my hair and there are only a few hair products I will give my time to and this is one of them. When I remember, I like to use an oil in my hair (despite my hair being on the oily side) because of the fact that I blow dry it everyday. This oil is definitely a keeper. The smell is beyond words and it does a great job at protecting my hair from the heat. It has all sorts of other benefits like being gluten, sulphate and paraben free and it’s vegan. A great product all round. Again, thank you Mrs M for always looking out for me, and my hair!
The next item in this month’s beauty bag is one I bought mainly because of the packaging rather than the product. If you haven’t come across Lidl’s range of beauty products, you are missing out. Cien Nail Polish Remover comes in a plastic, non-spill push-pump bottle that I’m absolutely in love with. Not to take away from my much loved Boujois Magic Nail Polish Remover, the Cien Nail Polish Remover for the bottle alone is definitely staying in my beauty bag. The actual nail polish remover is pretty good too.
Last up this month is not a newbie, in fact it’s a regular in my beauty bag. Hawiian Tropic Tanning Oil feels like a guilty pleasure but one I love and generally use all year round. It did take a back seat to Nuxe Sun SPF 30 Tanning Oil this summer but with winter just around the corner, the golden oil and delicious summer smell of Hawiian Tropic is going to help me stay in my happy place, even if I’m freezing.
You may remember last month I spoke about Lancôme’s Juicy Shaker. I’m sad to report that it is still on my wishlist. Rather a busy month indeed but don’t worry, I have actually penciled in a day of shopping in my diary so this lip gem will be mine! I’ll keep you posted.
August’s Beauty Bag
There weren’t too many new additions to the beauty bag this month but the ones that were added were really interesting. Let me show you.
First up is a product I bought in Paris and another to add to my La Roche-Posay collection. The Autohelios Cream-Gel Moisterising Self-Tanner is one I’ve had my eye on for a while and I’m so glad I took the plunge and bought it. I’m all for easy these days so I was looking for something that required no effort other than me slapping it on and voilá! Beautiful, even, sun-kissed skin. I went straight into this product with no preparations. No scrubbing, exfoliating and whatever else you a supposed to do before applying a tanning product. I slapped it on, as evenly as possible and off I went. Avid tan-users are probably having a meltdown at this point but really I hate all the fuss. Makeup and skincare products are supposed to be enjoyable and easy, not hard work! Ok so back to my haphazard application. Instantly I liked how well it absorbed into my skin. It says it’s a cream-gel and that is exactly what it feels like. There is a slight smell to it but nothing that resembles a fake tan product. My legs felt moisturised and I definitely saw the benefits the next day. My legs had a nice caramel sheen to them that was so close to my own skin colour when it has had some sun I thought my life was going to be changed forever. I’ve used it now for the past month, I’d say two or three times a week and I’ve got the application down pat. For me, less is more. If you lather the entire contents of the tube in one go and expect an even application you will be sadly disappointed. A small amount goes a long way and for me, using it every second or third day is the best way to keep the colour even. A winner all round!
Next is another purchase from Paris. I found myself in Kiko and like a kid in a lolly shop I wanted everything! After all my poking and swatching I walked away with only one product. Another Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow. I bought one of these in the shade 37, burgundy when I was in Lisbon last year and here I am again in Paris buying the gorgeous shade 07, Golden Beige. It really is a beautiful colour and if you suffer from oily eyelids, this product is going to be your best friend. I have tried it both with a primer and without and both ways the staying power is incredible! I actually find it difficult to remove when I have used a primer so no complaints from me. There is no messing around with this product and it’s the reason I bought it. I apply it straight from the stick across my entire eyelid, apply a bit of mascara and that’s me done.
While my folks were in town I took advantage of having extra guinea pigs in the house to try some products. Thankfully my ma was up for it so I whipped out Spa Standards seaweed and hyaluronic acid Repairing Face Mask. I bought this months ago and it wasn’t for me. It was almost too moisturising and I really didn’t like how it felt on my face. I prefer a mask that I apply directly to my skin rather than one of those ghost-like masks. Ma has a different skin type to me so it was the perfect opportunity to see what she thought. Overall her reports were positive. She found it hydrating and liked that she could massage the excess serum into her skin after she had removed the mask. She did say that although her skin felt smooth and hydrated, she did not notice a difference in appearance. It’s not one that I will buy again so if you have tried other face masks that you like let me know.
The next two have not technically been added to my beauty bag (yet) but they have been put on my wish list. Chanel’s Le Rouge Collection N°1 has so many lovely bits that I want them all but the sensible part of my brain says a definite no to that. If you haven’t seen it you should check it out and help me decide which product I should treat myself to. Naturally I am leaning towards a lipstick but I guess there is no surprise there. Take a look at Lucia Pica talk about red. Absolutely beautiful just like the collection.
The other thing I have my eye on and something I pick up and put down more times than I am willing to admit is Lancôme’s Juicy Shaker. I have never tried a lip oil before and expected it to be like a lip gloss but just by swatching it on my hand I knew immediately that it wasn’t. I was in duty-free at the time coming home from Paris and you know what it’s like at the end of a holiday, you think you have spent enough money and ask yourself do I really need more makeup? Again the sensible part of my brain answered no but I haven’t stopped thinking about it since so as I write this I’ve decided to go buy one. I will let you know in September’s beauty bag how it goes. Until then you can see my girl crush Lisa Eldridge in action.