Saturday, 30 November 2013

Top 5 Drugstore | Concealers

Hello Lovelies!

Recently I have just been on a crazy concealer buying spree! Concealer has turned into the one thing I have been craving to find the perfect one. I've been through a similar crazy with mascaras, foundation and eyeliners, so now it is concealer time. I absolutely love trying out different versions of the same product to find the one that is for me. Now being honest I love these five picks equally and rotate between them throughout the week. There are some used for different purposes compared to others but I will explain more thoughout the post.

L'oreal Lumi Magique Concealer
I was on the hunt for ages for a dupe for my beloved YSL Touche Eclat and I think I may have found one! (Granted L'oreal own YSL so it is probably pretty much the same product) This is an amazing under eye concealer, it completely brightens up the area while still giving a decent coverage. So you can cover and brighten those dreaded dark circles! It is really lightweight so it doesn't cake or crease under the eyes either. It comes in a handy pen form like the Touche Eclat so you can literally paint it on and blend it in and your good to go. I love the rose gold packaging of this too! 
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer 
 As you all know I am a massive fan of the Healthy Mix foundation, so much so that it just became obvious that I needed the Healthy Mix concealer too! I actually use this concealer both for covering up blemishes and for under my eyes. So I usually have this one in my handbag ready for touch-ups throughout the day. It's perfect for popping on over my foundation because it doesn't cake or look too much. So it is that perfect middle of the day concealer for everything! I'm not the biggest fan of the packaging though because I always end up squeezing out way too much!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Lets be fair..we all knew this concealer was going to be in this post didn't we? The Collection concealer has been raved about by beauty bloggers everywhere and rightly so. It covers absolutely everything, and lasts for ages on the skin. I do find it can be a little bit cakey if your not careful but if you are a concealer newbie this is definitely the one to go for. Again I use this both for under my eyes and on blemishes and it works brilliantly on both. They don't have the best shade range in the world and that is one thing that I wish they would improve on. 

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
This is one of the most recent additions to my concealer collection and for the same reasons as I bought the Bourjois Concealer. I was a fan of the Wake Me Up foundation so I thought I would give the concealer a try. Like the foundation it is a brightening concealer- literally designed to wake your skin up. This concealer I only use under my eyes because it would be way too brightening for any blemishes. It lasts well throughout the day and again it doesn't cake up under my eyes which I appreciate. It does seem to have tiny pieces of shimmer in it which is similar to the foundation so be wary of this if you have oily skin this may just emphasise that and may not be the one for you.

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint
I absolutely am in love with this concealer. It literally covers everything! Apparently it is meant to be a dupe for Benefit's Erase Paste- I've never tried that so I can't officially comment but this stuff is amazing! I use it for under my eyes, blemishes the whole lot! It is a more heavy duty concealer compared to the others in this post but there are just some days where you need the little bit extra and this is the one for that! I have already hit pan on this, that's how much I love it and I will definitely be picking up another one! 

So those are my top picks for "drugstore" concealers. Have you any recommendations for me? Please let me know what your favourite concealers are to use! 

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Rimmel Space Dust Nail Polishes

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are all having a good week! This weekend I'm heading to Galway Christmas shopping and I'm so excited, is it sad that I have my make up bag packed already? Would anyone be interested in a what's in my make up bag post? I got a new make-up bag (you can probably guess which one) that I am in love with and I'm dying to put it in a post! So if you would like to see that please let me know! 

So recently it was three for two in Boots as I'm sure you all know, and who can deny a good glitter polish on three for two coming up to Christmas? Certainly not me! These polishes caught my eye on the Rimmel stand recently and I just had to snap them up! They are part of the Space Dust collection and the polishes that I picked up were Aurora, Luna Love and Total Eclipse. Aurora, my favourite of the three is a baby pink filled with fine and chunky glitter. With all three polishes two coats and the polish is opaque which is just so amazing! I love pairing this one with Essie's Fiji or Ballet Slippers on my bling finger. Luna Love reminds me alot of Butter London's Disco Biscuit, it is a vibrant fuchsia pink with some slight blue glitter running through it. And finally Total Eclipse which is a black glitter with a deep green running through it. I originally thought I would like Total Eclipse a lot more than I did, I was expecting it to have more green in it than it did.

These glitter polishes are just gorgeous, like I said all you need is two coats and they're lovely and opaque, they last reasonably long on the nails and of course as with any glitter polish they are impossible to get off! They also dry to quite a grainy texture so if you prefer a smoother finish I would recommend you use a top coat.

I hope for Christmas they release a nice deep red or a gold, yes I know I'm really original with my Christmas picks! Have you tried any of these polishes? What are your thoughts?

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Dinner Date OOTN

Hello Lovelies!

On Saturday evening myself and my boyfriend went out for dinner at a local restaurant. It was nice to do something different, we normally only go out for dinner on special occasions. So of course I took the opportunity to get all dressed up and to take some pictures for an OOTN post and I wanted to show off my new handbag! Here is a couple of pictures of the makeup, accessories and of course the outfit - please excuse the pictures of me, everytime I uploaded them to Blogger they put a funny filter on and I don't know how to get rid of it! 

Make Up
Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, Seventeen Phwoarr Paint, Chanel Bronze Universal, MaxFactor Miracle Touch Blush -Soft Pink, NARS Copacabana Highlighter, Bourjois Java Rice Powder, MAC Omega & Espresso for my eyebrows. NAKED 2 Palette -Foxy, Bootycall, Tease and Busted, Rimmel Scandaleyes in Black, Benefit They're Real, Ardell Demi Wispies and MAC Rebel.

Necklace- Pennies/Primark, Watch- Fossil, Bracelet-Pandora

Blazer - Really old, I can't even remember! Top- New Look, Wet Look Leggings- Pennies/Primark, Shoes - Sponge, Bag - Gionni

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Vichy Idealia Life Serum

Hello lovelies!

This is one of the excellent example of where all you other Beauty Bloggers are a terrible influence on me and my poor bank account. I recently purchased the Vichy Idealia Life Serum after hearing so many rave reviews about it online from other bloggers. I have a small confession to make, I have never used any serum before. If I'm honest I never really understood the point of them and never seen the benefits, but after reading a lot about this particular one it really stood out to me and I knew I had to try it.  It is said to be designed for the everyday woman, helping with the things that take the biggest toll on our skin in everyday life such as stress, late nights, bad diets, pollution and exposure to UV rays. The stress part really intrigued me, because when I'm stressed my skin really pays the price so that really sold it to me and I knew I had to have it. 

So €38.50 later (ouch!) I had it and I have been using it every evening since and sometimes in the morning as a base for my make-up. On first impressions I really love the packaging. It's pink which obviously wins me over but it feels really luxurious and expensive. It has a pump on it which makes application all the easier, one pump and I'm done! The product itself is white in colour with a pearl sheen to it, but once applied to the skin it is invisible. It smells gorgeous and again really luxurious! I find one I apply this it really does make my skin look brighter and healthier. Like I said I use one pump, it sinks in really quickly which is great because you can use it as a base for under make up if you like or just use it on its own.  It can also be used under or instead of a moisturiser, some nights I just stick with this because I find it gives my skin enough moisturisation on its own and I don't feel like adding another layer.

I really do love this product and it's fit in perfectly with my skincare routine and has become an excellent addition! It's available online to buy here if you are interested!

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Monday, 18 November 2013

Cocoa Brown | Chocolate Whip

Hello Lovelies!

You all know about my love for Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan, so just imagine my excitement when I came home to a parcel containing their new Chocolate Whip Oil Free Moisturiser* (there may have been a happy dance!) I have been such a big fan of the Cocoa Brown products for ages my opinion Marissa Carter is an absolute genius and a godsend! That lady can just do no wrong! A couple of months ago brought the release of the "Tough Stuff" body exfoliater (which is now available in a tube..yay!) and now there is the Chocolate Whip body moisturiser.

First of all lets talk about the packaging, simple, cute and pink - what more could a girl ask for? There are lots of helpful tips on the back about how to use. They do recommend to patch test on your skin 24-48 hours before use, the moisturider itself is fragranced so I'm assuming if you have sensitive skin you might need to just be a little careful to make sure your skin doesn't react to it. It also contains Vitamin E and Panthenol, which on further investigation I found out that Panthenol helps protect your skin against environmental damage and Vitamin E helps with reducing stretch marks and age spots...pretty cool no? In terms of fragrance it smells exactly like the tan which for me is fine, I don't mind the fragrance and I don't find it lingers too much after application. 

The consistency of the moisturiser is really lovely and creamy. It sinks into my skin almost instantly so there is none of this hanging around waiting for moisturizer to dry business which during the colder months gets a massive thumbs up from me! I did get a bit of a fright when I first squeezed it out of the tube...I was definitely not expecting it to be brown, although in hindsight with a name like Chocolate Whip I don't know why I was so surprised! It left my skin feeling really hydrated and soft. I really noticed a difference with the longevity of my tan too, since this moisturiser is oil-free it is actually designed to help keep your tan looking fresh for longer. 

Call me a little biased - but I am yet again thoroughly impressed by another Cocoa Brown product, I would definitely recommend you give this a go! Its available to buy online here with free delivery!

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Essie's After School Boy Blazer

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you all have had a fantastic week! I know..I have jumped on another bandwagon with this nail polish. Everyone has already fallen in love with it so obviously I couldn't not get it! 

The nail polish in question is of course Essie's After School Boy Blazer (quite the mouthful but cutest name ever!) This was released as part of their Autumn 2013 collection and of course once the hype kicked in it was impossible to get! I ended up getting my mine from Beauty Bay and after a few days waiting by the door for the postman it was finally in my hands and within minutes it was on my nails! I am a massive fan of the whole darkened nail colours and love my deep reds and plums for Autumn/Winter but I have never really tried a navy shade before. I really have fallen in love with this nail polish, I have literally not had anything else on my nails since getting it so you can expect it in a favourites soon!  I found it does apply a little streaky on the first coat but coat number two fixes all that and you are left with a beautiful polished manicure! 

I have definitely found my Autumn nail polish staple for this year in After School Boy Blazer. Did you manage to get your hands on it? What are your thoughts?

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Bourjois Java Rice Loose Powder

Hello Lovelies,

Yes yes I know what you are all thinking...not another Bourjois review..but like I said in my Colour Boost Lip Crayon review, I think Bourjois are really doing amazing with their latest releases and I am addicted! Today is a review on the Java Rice Loose Powder that they recently re-released into their permanent line as part of their 150th Anniversary celebrations!

The Java Rice Powder was one of the first products that they released back in the day and I think it is amazing that they have re-released it back into their line. First off I think the packaging is just lovely. It's so cute and vintage-y looking. Inside there is a little twist top that you can twist around to get the product out. I think that is brilliant because since this is a loose product it saves on wasting product!

When it comes to the actual powder itself I'm not quite sure what to use it for. I've read so many different reviews about this where people use it all over their face or just use it as a highlighter. It's definitely too shimmery/glittery for my taste to use all over my face but when I used it as a highlighter I thought it was too subtle...maybe I'm just being difficult! It is apparently a "one shade suits all" powder too, if you have a darker skintone to me I would love to hear how you got on with this! 

So overall I'm not completely sold on this. Please let me know how you got on with this if you have it and what you use it for, I may grow to love it!

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua

Hello Lovelies! 

I made a bit of a naughty purchase. The Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua foundation has been something I have been lusting after for quite awhile now after hearing nothing but rave reviews about it over and over again. I never really got the chance to get to a Chanel counter to get colour matched, but the other day I randomly came across one and impulse bought. I am happy to report back that I definitely am not suffering from buyers remorse! I am absolutely in love with this foundation and I don't want to speak too soon but I think we could be talking Holy Grail status here.

I found it to be quite similar to another one of my favourites Bourjois Healthy Mix, but with a few differences. This foundation is incredibly lightweight, it literally feels like you have nothing on your skin but don't let that fool you. I really wasn't expecting much coverage from the foundation with the word Aqua in the name but I would say it is medium build-able coverage. It gives a very natural look to the skin, not too dewy and not too matte - a very healthy satin finish. It glides on to the skin and blends seamlessly into the skin. It doesn't cling to any dry patches or leave an obvious layer of make-up on top of your skin. I've used both my brushes and fingers to apply this and I am happy to say that it worked amazingly well with both. The packaging is also really really cute. Very compact and light-weight so it is perfect for popping into your make up bag or for travelling.

Admittedly this was a bit of a splurge but in my opinion completely worth it, I would definitely repurchase this over and over again!

Have you tried Vita Lumiere Aqua? What are your thoughts? My shade is 10 Beige and it is available online here

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

MAC Rebel

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Following on from my previous post where I told you all the major news about my bold lips revelation and I mentioned that there was a second lip product that I have been reaching for a lot lately. Yes I eventually gave in and bought Rebel. If you live in Ireland you'll know that Brown Thomas is now online and you can buy make up brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier on there. Now if like me you live in the middle of no-where and getting bigger brands is a bit difficult this is brilliant news! So of course I had to celebrate the fact that these brands were more readily available and purchase a lipstick. Rebel had been on my wish list for so long. In Autumn/Winter time this is pretty much the only lipstick you hear about so I had always been tempted but the dark colour put me off because I was afraid I would buy it and just end up not wearing it. 

But I just decided to go for it and force myself to go outside my comfort zone and I literally convinced myself that this would be my new everyday lip colour. Looking back I was a little over enthusiastic, I definitely would not wear this everyday but I have been wearing this once or twice a week lately! It is such a wearable dark berry red colour, I feel that this kind of shade would look stunning on so many different skin tones. It literally glides onto the lips and leaves them feeling nice and moisturised. The thing I loved most about this was that it fades evenly. I hate when a lipstick fades or wears off in patches and if you don't have the product you're wearing on hand you could be left with very questionable looking lips! Even when it's worn down a bit I still really like the look it gives. So you really could wear this two ways. You could pat it in to your lips lightly to give your lips a tint of colour or you could really build it up and go for the full on bold lip.  

 Overall I am so happy I finally added this to my collection and I am so glad I ended up loving it as much as I do! I'm predicting that this may appear in a monthly favourites soon!

Have you tried Rebel? What other MAC lipstick or eyeshadow recommendations do you have? I love discovering new colours, it's definitely a problem! 

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Monday, 4 November 2013

No7 Overnight Radiance Boost

 Hello lovelies!

Today I wanted to share something with you that I have been using for a few months now and have become utterly addicted to. For ages I have been covetting after the much hyped Alpha H liquid gold. But the price was always a major factor holding me back because if my skin took a disliking to it, it would be a bit of a waste of money. So I was on the hunt for a cheaper dupe, and so my research lead me to the No.7 Overnight Radiance Boost.

Under half the price of the Alpha H liquid gold sounded good to me so I picked it up. My skin tends to look a bit dull so I wanted this to pump the radiance back into my skin and help me look healthier and brighter! It does such an amazing job at plumping up my skin and making it feel moisturised and looking so much nicer! I can't quite put my finger on it but my skin always looks so much better after I use this! 

I usually apply it instead of my moisturizer once or twice a week and when I wake up the next morning my skin looks so much fresher. It is a chemical exfoliater so it basically gets rid of any dead skin cells. I much prefer this kind of exfoliation compared to a manual exfoliator because I find that can be a bit too harsh on my skin. 

I could completely recommend you give this a go if you are thinking of investing in the Alpha H Liquid Gold. It works really well and it is definitely a firm favorite in my skin care routine, especially throughout the colder months!

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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Bourjois Colour Boost Crayon | Plum Russian

Hello Lovelies,

If you have read my blog for a while you know I am very partial to a nude lip and would quite rarely go for a dark (only on nights out, special occasions etc) But what with the change in seasons I thought it would be appropriate to make more of an effort when it comes to the whole bold lip and I told myself I would try and fall in love with at least one dark lip colour and wear it at least once a week. Well I did…in fact I fell in love with two! (More on the second later

Enter Bourjois, in my humble opinion I think Bourjois have really done well with they’re latest releases and I just love everything they have at the moment. I raved about their cream blushers and their colour boost crayons over the Summer, and when I was speaking about the Colour Boost Lip Crayons I actually mentioned that I had hoped that they would bring out some darker colours for Autumn/Winter..and I was not disappointed! As soon as I heard about the new shade Plum Russian, I was online ordering it. 

When I got my hands on it I’m not going to lie I was abit scared to actually wear it. But since I got on so well with the other colour boost shades I decided to give it a go, and I’m not sorry I did! Like the other lip crayons the formula is fabulous, it feels so moisturising on the lips and it literally just glides on. I found this particular shade to actually last longer on my lips than the other ones I’ve tried. Maybe it’s just because it’s a darker more pigmented shade and it just stayed around for longer. 

This was the perfect lip product for me to pick up to try and get me in to a darker lip for the new season because it is just so easy to wear. I don’t feel like I’m wearing a full on dark lip when I’m wearing this even though it is significantly darker than something I would normally go for. 

So that is part one of my latest dark lip loves! I’ll be posting about the other lip product I’ve been sporting lately soon. But in the meantime please leave your recommendations for any other dark lips in the comments because I think I’m on a roll now!

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