Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

There aren’t a lot of newbies added to the beauty bag recently which is a good sign as I’m loving the products I’m currently using. Nevertheless I do have two to show you.

These products are stand outs. One I was a bit skeptical about buying and the other was a gift from a friend. Both have turned out to be super impressive and I’m so glad they have been added to my current skin care routine. With these newbies  I continue to use Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask and am scraping every last drop out of it. Now there has been the odd night of not washing my face at all but even with that I feel like I’ve struck gold with the current combination of products. Continue reading

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Beauty Bag

Beauty Bag

Clinique x Marimekko

My beauty bag is looking extra healthy the past few months with some new products taking centre stage on my bathroom shelf. Just before Lucille was born I was in desperate need for a pick me up and it was perfect timing as Clinique had collaborated with Marimekko and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on what was on offer. Continue reading

Pregnancy Wrap-Up

Bye Bye Pregnancy, Hello Baby

Part One

It has taken me long enough to get this post finished but I finally made it. Considering I started writing this at thirty-nine weeks when I had all the time in the world and I’m only finishing it now with a baby strapped to me you can get a sense of what the past few weeks have been like. By now you know that Lucille has arrived and I’ve entered a world of not being able to finish a single task, cold cups of coffee, eating one-handed and semi-functioning on only a few hours sleep. Throw in the cuddles, staring at the wonder that is this mysterious human and kissing her cheeks so much it’s not worth me wearing lipstick! 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

November’s Beauty Buys

November’s Beauty Bag

November beauty

Time again to have a look through my beauty bag and sadly it’s looking a bit sparse this month.  November saw more bath and skincare products so for those of you who are sick of me talking about foundation and mascara you’re in for a change.

I’m going to start with this month’s favourite, Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Body Balm. This was a gift and I have been using it the past few months. I wanted to give it a real go before it made it officially made it to my beauty bag and I’m so glad I waited. Body moisturisers are one thing I should use because my skin can get very dry but I don’t use them often enough. When I remember, I like to use one of my dear old friends, The Body Shop’s Body Butter in either Coconut or Olive but this is seldom. I do use them more in summer but come winter when I probably need it most I just can’t seem to incorporate it into my routine. So when I got Jo Malone’s Body Balm I thought it was going to be just another body moisturiser. Oh how I was wrong! It is a rich cream with a slight scent but nothing too overpowering. I try to use this daily and if I’m honest, I’m rather generous in my application. Despite the rich texture of the balm, it is so light and lovely on the skin. It absorbs nicely and throughout the day I often get a welcomed whiff of the lovely scent. I have been using it for at least 2 months, almost every day and what a difference it has made. My skin is permanently soft and moisturised and I really can’t believe the difference! It must be said, this is rather a pricey item and I wonder if I will buy it for myself when the tub is empty. At this stage, it will be very hard not to.

Body balm

body balm

In complete contrast, this next product cost around €4. Take a look at Barry M’s Genie Lipstick. This purchase was prompted by an item on my wishlist, Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince Lipstick something I still haven’t purchased. By no means did I think Barry M’s version was a ‘dupe’, I just thought it would be a bit of fun. I really like the concept, that no two people would have the same shade of pink as the green reacts to the ph levels in your lips turning it a unique shade of pink. Or something along those lines. However with Barry M’s Genie Lipstick, there are more negatives than positives. The product doesn’t go on evenly and I find the colour picks up more on certain parts of my lips than others, leaving it looking blotchy. It goes on easy enough and feels more like a balm than a lipstick but you really need a lip liner to polish off the colour. I find that the colour actually gets pinker as the day goes on and it depends on your personal preference as to whether this is a positive or a negative. By the end of the day I’m ready to take it off as it is just too pink for me, but some may actually like that. I bought this for a bit of fun and it’s exactly that, a bit of fun.

Genie

Another product that has taken me by surprise is The Body Shop’s Coconut Bath Shower Gel Cream. I’m in love with anything coconut these days and this shower cream smells heavenly. As far as the texture goes, at first I didn’t like it. It felt to thick and I actually checked the bottle a few times as I thought I had mistaken it for moisturiser! That didn’t last long as I’m on my second bottle. Now I really like the texture and think of it as a moisturiser in the shower (even if that’s not what it is). My skin feels soft and amazing and combined with Jo Malone’s Body Balm, my dry skin is sorted!

Coconut Body creme

Last item this month is one a different version of a product you’ve seen before. My love for the Bourjois Magic Nail Remover continues and I couldn’t wait to try the Hands and feet version. Same concept with an added sponge in the lid to take care of your toes. There is not much to say really other than I love this product!

Nail polish remover

Until next month.

xo

July’s Beauty Buys

July’s Beauty Bag

Part I

It’s that time again, time to show you what’s filling up my beauty bag this month. It’s been a bit hit and miss and I seem to have more items on my wish list then in my beauty bag, but I’ll get to that a bit later on.

Wear my plum glasses at night

First up, this Catrice eyeshadow in the shade Wear my plum glasses at night. I don’t actually own a lot of eyeshadows mostly because the ones I have I love and I use them often. Also, the ones I have, I can do different looks with them so I feel I should get through them before adding to the collection. With that said, I couldn’t resist this matte shade. I’m a big fan of matte eyeshadows, matte everything for that matter and thought this shade would be a good everyday, no fuss kind of shade. I was right. The staying power isn’t its strong point but the colour is lovely and you could build it up if you wanted a darker, more plum colour. For only around €4, I’m happy with this purchase.

Vit C eye cream

Sticking with the eyes, I’m going to switch to skincare with this Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Dark Circles Eye cream by Úna BrennanI’d heard good things about this range and was looking for a new eye cream as my Olay Regenerist Anti-Ageing Eye Roller  had run out. I was actually looking to repurchase it but couldn’t find it in stock. I had a few other eye creams in mind that I wanted to try but wow, eye creams can be expensive! I couldn’t face spending that money on a product I wasn’t a hundred percent sure on so at the price of only €12, I thought I would give the Super Facialist range a go. First impressions, it’s a nice, rich cream, lovely scent and feels moisturising on the skin but I’m sad to say, I’ve noticed no difference since using it. Shame really as the only thing it has done is show me how much the Olay Regenerist Anti-Ageing Eye Roller cream was working! I will continue to use it until it runs out as my skin does feels hydrated but I definitely won’t be buying it again. I would be interested to hear if anyone else has tried the this eye cream. Let me know if you have.

Correcting brush

Staying with eyes, the Ecotool Complexion Collection – Eye Perfecting Brush was added to my brush collection. I noticed that my concealer seemed to be creasing a little so I thought I was either using too much, I wasn’t applying it properly, or my eye cream wasn’t working. I’ve not had issues with my concealer before so I’m guessing it’s the latter. Until I try a new eye cream I thought I’d see if this brush helped. I liked the shape of it and at around €7, I couldn’t resist. Unfortunately, this brush to me feels like sandpaper on my skin so it’s gone to the bottom of the drawer and I won’t be reaching for it any time soon. I think I’m tackling the eye area all wrong. Yes it’s nice to cover up fine lines and dark circles but let’s be realistic. It doesn’t matter how much cream or makeup I slather on, they are always going to be there so it’s about making the skin around my eyes look as healthy as possible and accept my fine lines and dark circles aren’t going anywhere!

Rose Ambér

little round blush pot

So, on to the winners. I have looked at these Bourjois little round pot blushes for as long as I can remember. The packing is beautiful and it was hard to pick just one which is a good sign. I was looking for a pinkish blush and this Rose Ambré came home with me. Just when I thought I had worked out how to apply blush, I feel like I’m back to square one but it’s a good problem to have. The pigmentation in this little pot is amazing so you have to be very light handed as once it’s on, it’s not going anywhere! It has a matte finish and despite feeling like a clown the first time I put it on, it really works well with my skin.

Vit C glow booster moisturiser

This gel-like cream smells great & feels cool & light on the skin. This little pot was enough to convince me!

As always these posts get longer and longer so I will save my wish list products for part II. Hopefully I may have even made a purchase by then, but let me finish on a positive note with The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser. I have a bit of a soft spot for The Body Shop. It was one of the first brands I bought in my younger days and I have been so impressed with their products lately, I’m happy to keep going back. One of their latest in the Vitamin C range is the Glow Boosting Moisturiser. I have been keeping my eye on reviews by other beauty bloggers and from what I had read I decided to give it a go. I got a sample and I have to say I am in love with this product. There are a lot of claims to this cream and I don’t know why, but I was feeling a bit skeptical about it. Maybe because the description felt almost too good to be true. The first day I used it I put it on at night. I woke up not really seeing any difference (high hopes after just one night!). But, yes there’s a but; later that day I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and almost did a double take. There was something different about my skin. I couldn’t put my finger on it but it definitely looked different. On with my trial and everyday was the same. I have been using the moisturiser morning and night and I can definitely see a difference in my skin. I feel my skin tone looks more evened out and there is a glow. I hate using that word as when I hear glow I think dewy and greasy but this is a glow in terms of looking healthy.

I’m guessing that most of us have had that awkward moment of asking for a sample and getting that look from the sales assistant like you’ve asked for a kidney, but don’t let that evil stare put you off. I should be clear this was not the case when I asked for a sample of this cream but it has occurred many times in the past when asking for samples. Sorry, I’m on a bit of a rant here, but this is a perfect example why samples for both consumers and companies are so important! I’ve said it before but I will very rarely hand over my money without trying something first (where possible of course) and this is why. I am now happy to hand over my cash and purchase the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser and incorporate it into my daily skincare routine.

This has turned into a much longer post then expected and I didn’t get to say all I wanted about these products so please leave any comments or questions below and don’t forget to stay tuned for part II!

xo