Friday, July 25, 2014

The Body Shop Body Sorbets

When I first got the Body Shop's new Body Sorbets body moisturisers I had a sniff of them and a little try-out on the back of my hand and put one in the shower and used it as a shower gel twice. Of course it didn't lather up at all but I thought, ya know it's grand. It smells gorgeous and it's quite nice for shaving legs with. Then for some reason I actually read the back of the tube - DOH.  I don't know if my mistake was because of the packaging, the texture, or because I was having a particularly blonde week. Probably mostly the blonde thing but the texture of these moisturisers is quite unlike any other I've ever tried. It's light, almost whipped, and well, sorbet-like. It's really light but still very moisturising and absolutely perfect for the heat wave we're having at the moment. I don't know about you but I can't bear heavy moisturisers in this heat so I'm loving the refreshing texture of these sorbets - even better if you put them in the fridge - just don't mistake them for something edible! (Or shower gel - DOH)

They come in five 'flavours' - Mango, Moringa, Pink Grapefruit, Satsuma and Strawberry - and are available now. In fact they're 30% off this weekend! 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 575 Wonderland

I kinda knew when I picked up the Dior Fluid Stick in Aventure (here) that I would be back for another fluid stick.  I was very mature and grown up and decided that I was going to wait until I save the points on my Boots card.  Dior Fluid Sticks are a beautiful lip product, they are the colour of a lipstick, the application of a gloss and the feel of a balmy gloss but the down side is they are €34.50  (ouch).  When I discovered I had enough money on my Boots card it took me about 7 seconds to head straight for the Dior Counter in Liffey Valley (fast becoming a dangerous place due to the very lovely Makeup Artist who works there) and picked myself up the number 575 Wonderland.

As you can see the packaging is adorable - it looks like a lipstick even thought its a gloss, the consistency of the product is almost gel like, leaving your lips with a glossy high shine finish which I adore.

Fluid Sticks do not stain your lips, they gently wear off leaving such a pretty look to your lips.  I love everything about them (except the price).

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Roger & Gallet Huile Gourmande Fleur De Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil

Its not often I try a product and think I LOVE YOU straight away - especially a body care product but Roger & Gallet Huile Gourmande Fleur De Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil* has blown my mind and senses away.  
If your looking for a real treat for your body this nourishing oil is really the way to go.  I love to use oils in the summer and this one is especially beautiful.  Its a luxurious treat for your body while but quite practical.  The oil has 10 plant oils which make it amazing for your skin but its the fragrance that I love.  When its very humid I am slightly put off perfume, I can find it overwhelming and suffocating.  The Fleur De Figuier fragrance from this oil is pretty and feminine without being overpowering.

The oil absorbs wonderfully into the skin - but its still an oil so give yourself a minute or two before you get dressed.  It is perfect for the front of the legs (the driest zone in the body) and to add a bit of sexy gleam to the skin without going full on disco queen.  The fragrance is beautiful and subtle and when I use the oil I don't tend to use a fragrance - the fragrance doesn't last all day but the skin feels wonderful all day.  You can also use this oil lightly in the ends of your hair - for some sexy fragranced hair. 

I have been lashing on this oil because I love it, I find the fragrance really relaxing.  When I get a fancy body product I tend to just use it on my arms and chest (I cant really smell my legs and use any old rubbish on them) but I have been loving rubbing this oil in, because it leave the skin so hydrated and feeling silky soft and smelling wonderful I have been using this all over.  Its has been my summer multitasking treat.

RRP €26.95 for 100ml

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Beach Waves from L'oreal

I love beach waves but my hair has a little hate/hate relationship with products which claim to give you Beach Waves.  I have found that instead of looking like a relaxed and chilled Californian girl I end up looking a little more like Crazy Cat Lady.  I have been suckered into a fair few products which claim to give you easy beach waves - last year I decided the madness must stop after I ended up looking a cross between a massive blonde candy floss and a giant spiders nest (when I met my friend after work she just stared at me and said "what is up with your hair".  I donated all my beach wave products and decided to move on with my life.  

This year a little product called Beach Waves from L'Oreal* came into my life, honestly I wasn't holding out much hope but MAN I LOVE IT.  If I am being honest with you part of my love for beach waves is the idea and the look that they don't require much work, if there is anything I hate more is faffing around for hours with my hair, especially during the summer.  Who wants to spend ages drying your hair and styling your hair and pretty much drying it out?  NOBODY thats who.  
L'Oreal Beach Waves is easy - you wash your hair (obviously) then you dry your hair til its nearly dry. Spray a bit of the product onto your hair (not into your mouth as I accidentally did the first time - sweet lord don't do this cause it will knock you out).  Then you separate your hair into about 5 or so sections, twist each section until it winds into a bun, secure each bun and leave to dry.  Even a blonde could do it.

As well as the Beach Wave product the kit contains a wide tooth comb and a nifty little net which your place around your buns for that sexy granny look (its actually quite handy for keeping your hair out of the way and in place).

When you let down your hair (I like to give the buns a quick blast with the hairdryer before I let them down) ta da - perfect casual beach waves.  What I love most about this product is it leaves your hair soft and touchable - a soft cascade of waves you can run your fingers through (personally I hate hair that looks stiff and that you cant touch).

Beach Waves is so easy to use (especially if you don't spray it in your mouth), sometimes I haven't managed to gauge if my hair is dry enough when I put it in the little buns (it feels dry but I have really thick hair) one time I was in a rush and the buns were not dry and so the waves had a little less oomph.  If you have thick hair my advice would be dry your hair for longer.

If you want soft, touchable waves I would definitely recommend L'Oreal Beach Waves (€17.85 150ML)

L'Oreal Professional have also created a in salon service which gives you beach waves for up to 8 weeks (ooo imagine).  L’Oréal Professionnel Beach Waves is available from L’Oréal Professionnel salons nation-wide. Call 0845 6000 122
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

MAC Lipsticks - Syrup and Kelly Yum Yum

I don't really pay attention to MAC's collections they pass me by in a whizz.  I am not a huge MAC fan - there are plenty of other brands out there - but every once in a while a colour will grab my attention (and they always seem to be limited edition shades).   A few years ago (cant remember what collection or year sorry) MAC released Candy Yum Yum which was a pretty intense matt pink, this was before the market was flooded with hyper shades of lipstick.  I loved the shade but found the lipstick very difficult to work with (especially with my dry lips) and always applied a little clear gloss on top to make it more wearable.  Its a stunning shade but a pain to work with.

Recently MAC released the Osbourne Collection and I spied with my little eye the shade Kelly Yum Yum which is Candy Yum Yum's satin finish sister.  I thought it was my duty of care to find it a home.  I also had 6 empty MAC products (well 5 empty and 1 rancid lip gloss) so I decided to do a Back to MAC.  After much swatching and discovering that you cant Back to Mac Limited edition lipstick (higher price on limited edition packaging I am assuming) - I went for the shade Syrup which is a your lips but better kinda shade. (Very Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) The shade was in the back of my head and it wasn't until later that day when I met the lovely Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits I realised she had picked it up the week previously and planted the seed in my brain.

Two very different shades and both very lovely.

Kelly Yum Yum is so much easier and forgiving to wear on the lips.

Syrup is a simple and pretty shade.

Have you picked up any good MAC Lipsticks recently?  What are your shade recommendations for Back to MAC?  ( I am pretty sure I have a few more rancid lip glosses floating around).

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Garnier Ambre Solaire - Summer 2014 Sorted

So the sun has come out and then it seems to scurry away back under a large cloud, for me that makes me think about going on holidays and for holidays I need sun protection.  Us Irish skinned peeps have to be very careful in the sun, while personally I don't burn very easily I am always aware that I am 50% ginger so that means even if it looks like the sun is not doing any damage there can be lifelong damage under the surface of the skin. 

While I was talking to my dad (the aforementioned 50% ginger) he mentioned that Ambre Solaire had simply the best sun creams on the market.  He went off on a magical story about how he used to tan himself on the roofs of Dublin back in the day using Ambre Solaire (I realise that he is making the rooftops of Dublin sound like the skyscrapers of New York and not possibly being on the roof of a 2 story building).  The main things he loves about Ambre Solaire are the smell and the fact that he NEVER burned using Ambre Solaire. 

Can we go back to the fact that he is very very ginger, so the fact that he never burned using Ambre Solaire is pretty dam impressive - we also need to note that being so fair he really has no right to be such a sun worshiper, stay sun safe people).  

This summer Ambre Solaire have all the family covered from the very little to the active amongst us, first up hey have created Baby in the Shade* (€10.79) which is a fragrance free, paraben free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic lotion with SPF 50+.  Obviously this is designed to protect babies (not that babies should be sitting in the sun relaxing with their sunglasses).  While I gest that babies should not be sunbathing (who else has an image of a baby on a sun lounger) they can be exposed to sun rays even from reflective surfaces like the water and sand.  As Baby in the Shade is hypoallergenic it can be used on the most sensitive skins - a lot of babies skins can react to sun protection -. 
Ambre Solaire Dry Mist* (€22.99) is kinda awesome you shake and spray and and the skin is covered with a (dry) mist of lotion, you cant feel it on your skin.  Himself is a bit of a bratty child when it comes to sun protection, he thinks it feels oily and greasy on his skin and like most Irish Men he thinks he is invincible and wont burn.  Last year when we were on holiday in Florida he ignored my offerings until a man walked up to him waving a bottle of sun protection and said "Dude your really red".  Morto for the big ejit.  Was I red (even though the force of being ginger is strong in me)? no, cause I used sun protection.  Ambre Solaire Dry Mist is brilliant cause I can just spritz this on himself without him even noticing, it takes seconds and sun safe.  Dry Mist comes in SPF 20, 30 and 50. 
While I love to relax for a bit in the sun I also like to snorkel and jump in the sea so for us types Ambre Solaire have created Wet Skin* (€21.99) which can be applied to wet skin, its formula means that even when applied to wet skin you still have full UVA and UVB protection.  I can snorkel to my hearts content.  Wet Skin comes in SPF 10, 20 and 30.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Current obsession May Favourites - Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder

I was going to record a video on my May Favourites but as I thought about it I realised I had mostly been using the same products as last month.  I really had only one standout this month and its the discovery of Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder* which I started using by accident.  I was picking up a new concealer (I fell down the blogging rabbit hole and bought Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer)  the makeup artist asked did I set my concealer.  I have to be honest most powders feel very heavy on my skin, hate the feeling, hate the flat look so I don't use a powder.  The Makeup artist dusted some of their own powder under my eyes and around my face using a large fluffy eyeshadow brush explaining that a larger brush can move your foundation.  Off I went with my concealer in hand.
When I got home I realised that I had Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder and when I tried it I realised its freaking fantastic.  I had always been afraid that powders would make my skin dry and cakey looking.  I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to buff Vichy Dermablend into my concealer around my eyes, around my nose and down my T zone.  Dermablend looks white in the pot but buffs in leaving a transparent and natural looking finish.  My skin doesn't look caky or old.  I was very nervous about setting my under eye concealer, I have a few laughter lines (they are wrinkles OK, I admit it) but Dermablend sets the concealer without caking or settling in the creases.  At the end of a long day there might be a little settling in the lines which I can easily blend out with my finger (I'm not going to stay straight faced and serious all day, smiles happen). 

At €20.00 for 28g of product Vichy Dermablend is a fantastic setting powder at an affordable price, it will suit every skin tone as it really does blend transparent.  I use the powder quite lightly as I don't really like a Matt finish (even thought I have oily skin), you can use more powder to create a more Matt finish.
I realise this post is only the one product (I have been using mostly the same as my April Favourites) which is very light for a May Favourites post, I happen to think that the product I have discovered is Pretty Dam Good and has changed how my makeup lasts and looks throughout the day.  (Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation is also pretty dam good  -if short on shade selection- I thought it would be cakey and heavy but its quite natural).

If your looking for a setting powder Dermablend is brilliant.
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