Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Stila Convertible Color Palette Sunset Serenade

Convertible Cheek Colors are one of Stila's best loved products.  The multiple award winning cream cheek and lip colour has been around for over 20 years.  I use the Convertible Colors mostly on my cheeks they are perfect to dab on with your finger.  Recently Stila released a Convertible Color Palette in two different colour ways Sunrise Splendor (a cool palette) and Sunset Serenade (a warm palette) which I have to show you today.

The packaging is the sleek and glam golden goddess packaging which also contains a mirror which is perfect for "on the go" application.

The formula is the same great formula which is in the original packaging except you are getting 5 shades.
Left to Right:  Petunia, Peach Blossom, Gerbera, Camellia and Twilight Rose (new shade)

If your a fan of the Convertible Colors this is a great way to have a few in your collection.  Stila Convertible Color Palette Sunset Serenade is out now and costs £29.00.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick Baja Bound and Stepping Out

Sometimes it seems like beauty brands have a secret conclave to discuss which products will be rocking our world.  2016 was the year every brand released or improved on a formula of liquid lips. Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipsticks are a range of 20 long lasting matte liquid lipsticks.  

I have 2 shades to show you today Baja Bound* and Stepping Out.  I always recommend that your lips are in good condition before you wear any long wear lipstick.   My lips tend to be dry and if your lips are in bad condition it will show up every fault.  

Baja Bound is a bright orange coral shade
Baja Bound

Baja Bound

Baja Bound
If your a fan of the 90ies brown lip trend Stepping Out is the colour for you.  I find that Stepping Out is more flattering on the lips the brighter shades show up every crack and fault in your lips.

Stepping Out 
Stepping Out 

Stepping Out 

 Stepping Out 

Always on Liquid Lipsticks are comfortable to wear and do last on the lips (through drinking and snacks but if your having a meal you will need to reapply).

Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipsticks are currently exclusive to Arnotts but will soon be available at all Smashbox counters.
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Friday, December 23, 2016

The Body Shop - Perfect Last Minute Gifting

Hello last minute shoppers - never fear The Body Shop is here.  Dont let the panic get to you, you can do this.  I am quite partial to The Body Shop not just because I have fond memories of my lovely mammy in law picking me up a Body Shop gift every Christmas mainly its because I adore their seasonal bath fragrances.  

Of course The Body Shop source their ingredients ethically and their packing help fund schools in underprivileged areas of the world - the main reason your going to be loving The Body Shop this Christmas is you wont have to wrap the gifts (they look that fab).  Just think your basically becoming a saint by shopping in the Body Shop - maybe not an "actual saint" but you can rest assured your purchases are doing good work.
I am particularly fond of the Vanilla Chai* which smells like amazing Christmas biscuits mmmm- if that is a little too sweet for you there is also Spiced Apple and Frosted Berries fragrances.

The Body Shop have a huge selection of Christmas gifts from their traditional bath range to their Spa of the World Collection and Skin Care Gift Sets, basically they have something for the very young to the very old and even the hipster in-between (try the Spa of the World for the hipster in your life).  

Reggie the Monkey is the Face of The Body Shop Christmas Collection (he is also a sponge)
The Body Shop is also great if you want to grab some stocking stuffers - I love The Body Butters (I love the Vanilla Chai, nearly as much as I loved the Ginger scent they released a number of years ago).
How adorable is this Christmas Babule (containing Strawberry Body Butter 50ml and Strawberry Lip Butter 10ml) housed in a reusable Christmas Bauble all for €13.50.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Coach The Fragrance

Its the most wonderful time of the year, especially if your a fan of fragrance, not only are there tons of new fragrance launches (including the Coach one I am about to tell you about), even more exciting you can pick up a fragrance gift set (or coffret as the fragrance peeps call them) which is normally the same price as the fragrance. This is a wonderful way of layering fragrance and also makes a gift a little more special.  

Coach as a accessory brand is relatively new to Ireland, it was a brand that I first came across on a trip to New York (in Chinatown, if your bags are being copied in Chinatown your kinda a big deal).  To me the brand is very American and will always remind me of New York.

Coach are having a bit of a youthful face lift with new bag designs, a new face of the brand Chloë Grace Moretz and a new fragrance.
When I first smelled the fragrance I immediately dismissed it as a youthful fragrance, you can tell from the advertising campaign and with Chloë Grace Moretz as the face Coach are definitely trying to target a younger market.  As we know fragrances develop and I was delighted to find that Coach developed into a interesting fragrance.

Top Notes:  Raspberry Leaf, Pink Pepper, Pear
Heart Notes: Turkish Rose, Gardenia, Cyclamen
Base Notes: Suede, Musk, Sandalwood, Cashmeran

The first notes are the youthful and sweet but the rose develops nicely making it more complex than the youthful fragrance I had dismissed it as. The fragrance develops from a sweet fruity scent to a rose -musk fragrance.  The brand describe the fragrance as a "floriental fruity scent" which is a perfect description.  If you like the idea of a rose fragrance but would like something deeper than a floral Coach would be a good pick.  While its defiantly a mass market fragrance (the sweetness for the younger women, the musk for some sexy sophistication and classic rose) this idea of the changeable woman is the idea behind the fragrance which is inspired by "the spontaneous energy and chic downtown style of New York City".  The fragrance is supposed to be sweet, sexy and sophisticated, as women we are rarely one or the other. 

The bottle is well thought out - the design is simple yet sophisticated, the logo on the front mirroring Coach's classic design.  Instead of a lid, the spray cap is shaped like a gold turnlock (which turns to open and close the fragrance- an excellent touch) emulating the closures on Coach's bags.  There is also a leather tag on the bottle, again a nod to the brands bag designs. 

Couch is out now and costs 30ML €45, 50ML €70 and 90ML €90

If your looking to treat yourself to fragrance over the Christmas period, hold off until the sales and you might be able to nab yourself a half priced gift set..... sure you would have to buy 2.

Bonus Bit: I am really interested in fragrance, alas my knowledge is severely lacking but I am willing to learn and I love to discover more about fragrance and notes.   I recently discovered The Perfume Pros  who really are the perfume experts.  They are so knowledgeable and friendly, they make fragrance relatable.  They are my must see You Tube video every week.

My long time blogging friend Andreea (formerly of Artdonatella) has relaunched her blog as Andreea Makeup Scent she is the most passionate person I know about fragrance so if your looking for a fragrance related read check out Makeup Scent.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Beyonce Heat Seduction

Its safe to say that Beyonce can do no wrong.  She is quite literally a goddess on earth.  I remember seeing her perform and hadn't been a huge fan but she literally took my breath away.   She was like an amazonian angel performing on the stage in front of me.  Funnily enough I think Beyonce is adored more by women than men (who of course appreciate her) but women love her.   

Its safe to say when your a cultural phenomena like Beyonce you have your fingers in plenty of pies.   Heat Seduction* is Beyonce's latest fragrance release which is said to be inspired by her sensual and seductive side.

Heat seduction isn't as heady and heavy as a fragrance "inspired by sensual and seduction" would suggest, its also not an overly sweet fragrance which celebrity fragrances can rely on.  Heat Seduction is a pleasant almost modest fragrance that will translate well on most people, its not a particularly "young" fragrance as is the case with celebrity fragrances.  Its an easy to wear fragrance.  Its said that it could be worn day or night but would probably more suitable for easy daytime wear.  

Top Notes: Exotic Spices, Dewberry, Mandarin Orange
Middle Notes; Orchid, Ginger Flower, Freesia
Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Labdanum

The amber and musk come through the fragrance at the end but its never too heavy.

The bottle is the same shape as the original Heat fragrance but it is in an amber bottle to reflect the amber base note.

Boots have a gift set of Heat Seduction which costs €30 and contains 30ml of the fragrance as well as a shower gel and a body lotion. Pin It

Monday, December 19, 2016

Katy Perry Mad Love Eau De Parfum

When I first laid eyes on Katy Perry's latest fragrance release Mad Love* I thought it looked very sophisticated.  The box as well as the lid of the perfume had a marble effect (which everybody loves these days) and the pink pastel bottle was very cute.  

Of course people thought at the time thought it was in reference to Bad Blood by Taylor Swift "You know it used to be mad love"and the rumored feud between the two superstars.  Personally if I was releasing a fragrance I wouldn't use it as an opportunity to get a dig at somebody so I reckon its just a reference to Mad, intoxicating, crazy, uncontrollable LOVE.
When I first smelled the fragrance I was hit by an intense sweetness which is not unusual for a celebrity fragrance.  Mad Love is a young fragrance, with the musk and sandalwood it does deepen but there is no getting away from the fact its aimed at a younger audience.  

Top Notes: Apple, Sorbet, Strawberry, Pink Grapefruit
Middle Notes: Peony, Jasmine
Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Coconut

As we can see the base notes of musk and sandalwood create a deeper base but its still sweetened up with Coconut.

Katy Perry Mad Love would be a wonderful Christmas gift for a younger woman or teenager and luckily this time of year we are spoiled with fragrances coming in gift sets.  McCabes have a 30ml bottle with shower gel and body lotion for €19.95 which would make a wonderful gift.  

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Lidl Cien Makeup Collection

I am very late to the party in telling you about Lidl's Cien Makeup Collection which I am sure by now you have all seen.  I wanted to show you some of the products because I think they would make amazing stocking stuffers without breaking the bank.  I am a huge fan of the idea brought to us by British Beauty Blogger (read the post here) of using a Christmas Bauble from Tiger and filling it with a festive treat. These beauties from Lidl would fit perfectly inside a bauble and better yet you can pick them up when your doing your weekly shop.

First up are the Cien Nail Polish* €1.99 - sure where would you be going for less a bag of chips.  Cien have a small range of classic shades, who doesn't like a red nail at Christmas. Perfect for everybody.

Next we have the Cien Eyeshadow* again at €1.99 each - the blue and pink are a little frosty and perhaps a makeup aficionado may not appreciate them but they would be perfect for a younger girl starting out with makeup.  The brown shade is the nicest in the range.  Perfect for younger girls starting out with makeup.

In my opinion the stars of the show are the Cien Lipsticks* €2.49  there are 6 shades in the range (there is also a range of 6 Lip Gloses €1.99).   I am kinda amazed that these lipsticks are so good.    Again Cien have gone for a classic range of colours including a festive red and an oh so popular 90ies brown.  Perfect for EVERYBODY

Left to Right: Cosy Rose, Fuchsia Pink, Berry Passion, Velvety Ruby, Nude Brown

Left to Right: Cosy Rose, Fuchsia Pink, Berry Passion, Velvety Ruby, Nude Brown

Cosy Rose

Fuchsia Pink

Berry Passion

Velvety Ruby

Nude Brown

Lidl's Cien Makeup Collection also contains a BB Cream €2.99, Cien Volume Mascara €2.49 and Cien Waterproof Mascara also €2.49. 

So should you Take it or Leave it?  I would leave the eye shadows and take the nail polishes but if I had to recommend one thing from the range it would be the lipsticks. 

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