Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and some of our favourite beauty companies are making donating beautiful (and easy).

Make Up For Ever is a brand I have been almost afraid to stick my toe into (because I know I will love EVERYTHING).  October is the time to dive right in with an amazing campaign #anotherkissonthewall - simply pop into the Make up For Ever shop on Clarendon Street and apply a lipstick (donate a suggested amount of €2.00) and place a kiss on the ribbon shaped wall.  Make Up Fore Ever are also donating 10% of all lipstick sales during the month of October to Breast Cancer Ireland.   Go on Show us your Kisses #anotherkissonthewall

Cloud10Beauty.com is our favourite online shop, not only do they stock some amazing brands they also give free samples, they are like Irelands own Sephora.  For the past three years Cloud 10 Beauty have been helping Ireland Paint it Pink #CLOUD10PAINTITPINK.  

During the month of October Cloud 10 Beauty will donate €1.00 from every order (no matter how small) to the Irish Cancer Society.  To raise awareness all October orders will come in a delightful pink box.  Don't forget to shout about your orders on social media with the hashtag #CLOUD10PAINTITPINK.  

This year Smashbox have decided to donate a portion of the profits of their best selling product The Photo Finish Primer Water* towards Breast Cancer Awareness.   The bottle has a distinctive pink ribbon emblazoned on the side of the bottle and the box.  Its very clever that they are using a product that people actually use as this will raise even more money for Breast Cancer Awareness.  

Estee Lauder brands always have a selection of items for sale in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness but if you see or hear of any other products or events in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness don't forget to comment below and share the love. Pin It

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stila Stay All Day Lip Liners Pinot Noir and Zinfandel

When I spied on Instagram Autumn would see the release of 8 Stay All Day Lip Liners from Stila I got quite excited.  I had just been thinking about Stila's fantastic lip liners of old (some of which I have in the Stila Vault).  
There are 8 shades to choose from all of which are named after wines (great news for you wine lovers).    All the basic lip shades are covered and in a new Stay All Day formula which is enriched with vitamins C and E.  I have been quite a fan of colouring my lips with a liner and then wearing a hydrating lip oil (my favourite is Clarins) so I was very excited to receive 2 shades to try.  
The lip liners are firm enough that they will not slide off the lips and soft enough to feel comfortable on the lips.  

First up is Pinot Noir a true classic red.  Its going to be very difficult for fans of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt not to smile at the mere mention of Pinot Noir.  
Zifandel is a Pink Nude - perfect for everyday wear 
Left to Right : Pinot Noir and Zifandel
Pinot Noir
Zinfandel (which I absolutely LOVE and have been wearing ALL THE TIME)

Stila have also released 12 Stay All Day MATTE'ificent Lipsticks which promise intense, wearable MATTE colour as part of the Autumn Collection.  I will review them as soon as I pick one up.

Stila Stay All Day liners are out now and cost £13.50 (not sure of the Euro price) and you can pick them up from Stila.co.uk and Harvey Nicks Dundrum. Pin It

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Urban Decay Vice Frenemy

I really love the new Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks. At €18.00 they are a great price for a fantastic lipstick and pretty bullet.  I love the ones I have (review here) but since pink lipsticks are my absolute Vice it would be really rude of me not to pick up the most outrageous and brightest pink shade I could find.  
Let me introduce you to Frenemy a bright vibrant blue based pink with a cream finish (which means extremely comfortable on the lips).

Urban Decay have a liner to match Frenemy but they did mention to me that the liner Anarchy might also be a good match.

I love how bright and vibrant Frenemy is, the cream finish means you forget you are wearing a lipstick while you are happily rocking the brightest pink known to humankind.  

Urban Decay Vice lipsticks are out now and cost €18.00 (which when you consider a No7 lipstick costs €14.00) its a brilliant price point for a higher end lipstick.  There are 100 Vice shades and finishes to choose from.  I double dare you not to find a shade you love. 
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Stila Summer 2016 - Perfect Me Perfect Hue Eue & Cheek Palettes

Stila's Spring collection concentrated on perfecting the skin and the Summer Collection has given us 4 fantastic eye and cheek palettes.  I have been slowly picking up the palettes (I have 3 of them and borrowed the last one to show you).  

The palettes are called Perfect Me Perfect Hue and they contain 5 eye shadows and 2 cheek colours all for a fantastically priced €35.00.  The palettes are designed around skin tone and colouring so there is Fair/Light, Light/Medium, Medium/Tan and Tan/Deep.  The shades might be designed towards specific skin and colouring you can of course pick whichever palette tickles your fancy.  The palettes which grabbed my attention are definitely the darker palettes which had such pretty shades.   

At my happy place the Stila counter Harvey Nicks Dundrum

I look like a proud glowing mamma with her children but I was in fact getting my first peek at Stila's Perfect Me, Perfect Hue eye and cheek palettes
The palette is the same size as the Stila Correct and Perfect - with gold and subtle leopard print design.
The palettes are cleverly curated with the base eye shadow shade being larger (as you will use more) a highlighter shade, a crease shade, a shade for liner and each palette has a standout shimmery metallic shade.  As with all Stila shadows they can be used dry or wet for more intense look.  There are also 2 cheek colours (which you can use as a eye shadow if you so wish).  Stila shadows are very finely milled so they do kick up some powder when you dip your brush so make sure you tap your brush before you apply to the lid.  Stila eye shadows are fantastic quality and these palettes are no different. 

I think the metallic shades which are in the middle of each palette are simply stunning and the quality is outstanding, they are buttery soft and really pigmented.  I would love if Stila created a palette made up of all the metallic shimmery shades.  

First palette to swatch is the Fair/Light palette.  This is the only palette I dont own, I borrowed this from my friend who has red hair and very fair skin.  My friend adores the palette and uses it every day.  The colours are very light (and slightly less pigmented than the other palettes) so unless your are very very fair one of the other palettes will suit you better.   


Light/Medium is not only beautiful but its also a palette that would be universally flattering.  This is the kind of palette that could create the perfect everyday look or a beautiful bridal look.  The shades in both the eye shadow and the blushers are so beautiful and classic.  I think Light/Medium palette would make a fantastic present for both the makeup lover and novice. 
 Medium/Tan  has that stunning Rose Gold metallic shade (and was my first palette to pick up), the blushers are more intense (and very pigmented).  It creates a warmer look bolder look.  
Tan/Deep as you would imagine has the deepest shade selection - again the metallic shimmer shade was so rich and pretty I was delighted to get this as a birthday present.  

(I was trying to show you the swatches beside the palettes apologies if they are not as clear as normal)

The back of the palette gives the names of the shades and where you can place the shadows.

My Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue palettes have been getting so much love and attention.  While I love a large makeup palette with lots of shades I generally tend to use the same shades over and over again, leaving some shades untouched.  These palettes create beautiful makeup looks.  Every shade in the palette is usable and wearable.

Take or leave them?   I would leave the Fair/Light palette unless you are very fair. If I was to recommend one palette (ooo thats a tough one) I would say Light/Medium as I think its the most beautiful and universally flattering.  

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue palettes cost €35.00 (bargain) and you can get them in Harvey Nicks Dundrum and at Stila.co.uk.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Elie Saab Rose Couture

If your a fan of Elie Saab fragrances Rose Couture will have been on your radar for quite some time.  I have discovered that Elie Saab fragrance fans are very loyal which its easy to be when the brand create such fabulous fragrances that are easy to wear but distinctive from the masses.  Rose Couture was a spring launch but its the kind of fragrance which will lend itself to any time of the year. 

Lets explore the notes
Top Notes: Peony Rose, Orange Blossom, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Vanilla, Peach, Litchi
Base Notes: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Caramel

As the name suggests Rose Couture is a rose based fragrance, for me rose fragrances conjures up images of old ladies and extreme floral scents.  Rose Couture is a very different fragrance, the mix of Patchouli and Sandalwood make it a much punchier and deeper fragrance.  There is nothing old lady about Rose Couture

I love Patchouli in fragrances but it mixes terribly with my skin.  I adore the recent gourmand fragrances (like Angel and Lancome La Vie Est Belle) on other people but I simply cant wear them.  I was delighted to find that I dont have that issue with Rose Couture, the mix of deeper scents with soft floral not only works perfectly but is an interesting mix.  I adore the dried down scent.  

The bottle is in the now classic Elie Saab fragrance shape (if it isnt broke and looks classic and stylish, dont change it).  

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Current Skincare Loves - Shiseido and Kiehl's

I have been trying to get my skincare act together,  I love my makeup but have been woefully neglectful of my skin lately.  I have been blaming tiredness and lack of time but putting makeup over neglected skin is like eating beautiful cake off a dirty plate. 

Cleansing your skin is the TV character equivalent of Father Paul Stone (Father Ted fans) not to sound mean but cleansing the skin is a bit of a snoozefest and generally cleansing products are the least exciting in any skin care routine.  I normally take my makeup off using a micellar water and then go on to cleanse my skin properly.  Double cleanse is an necessity especially if you wear makeup and while cleansing is a snoozefest its essential for healthy and glowing skin. 

I was recently re introduced to the brand Shiseido, I didn't know a lot about the brand (apart from the fact my friend gets a set every Christmas from her mam and its her "good" skincare). Shiseido is the oldest cosmetic house in the world and while they own large brands such as Laura Mercier and Nars they also have an amazing makeup and skincare collection.  I have been using the Creamy Cleansing Emulsion* for the last couple of weeks now and it has made me enjoy cleansing (which in itself is weird).  I use micellar water to remove most of my makeup and then message the Creamy Cleansing Emulsion onto my skin.  Its a lovey product which isn't too fragranced or heavy.  You can see how Shiseido have used the traditional Japanese cleansing ritual when creating the Emulsion and it makes me take my time and really message the product into my skin and have a relaxing couple of minutes. As the Creamy Cleansing Emulsion is a premium priced (€50.00) skincare product (or "good" skincare as my friend would put it) I only use it in the evenings after I have taken my makeup off.  Its also good to point out that a little goes a long way so while its a steep investment the bottle will last you a long time.
After I have properly cleansed and am feeling relaxed (well as relaxed as hiding in the bathroom for a few minutes while cleansing and looking at Snapchat will make you) I move on to apply Kiehls Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate* (€48.00) which is a product which speeds up skin cell turnover quicker, making you look younger, fresher and clearing up skin irregularities (ie spots). Simply put this peel improves your bad skin and perfects your normal skin.  

My current mask of choice is Kiehls (can you tell I'm on a bit of a Kiehls Buzz at the moment) Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque (€34.00).  As the name suggests (whats with Kiehls having exceptionally long product names?) this is a brightening mask which treats imperfections and the cranberry seeds gently exfoliate.  When I first used the mask I was genuinely surprised at the noticeable difference to my skin I did indeed look radiant (and not like the mother of a toddler who likes to sleep on her head, who then has to go into work and pretend they are normal) and like the peel my normal skin looked perfected and the bad skin was improved.  I am trying to use this once a week, but you know yourself best intentions don't always come to pass.  

Well if its good enough for Kim Kardashian the Kiehls Super Multi Corrective Eye Cream (€44.00) is good enough for me.  This cream claims to have 5 in 1 properties lift, firm, smooth, hydrates and restores youthful shape to the eye.  In addition to dark circles I have very puffy eyes, its not from bad habits its 100% (well maybe 80%) genetic (my dad has puffy eyes, his mam had puffy eyes) add to this lack of sleep and the fact that I sleep on my face it doesn't exactly encourage the most taut and youthful appearance.   The eye cream has a slight iridescence to it which immediately helps with dark circles,  To be honest I hadn't been paying that much attention to my eyes (the baby had been sick so I really didn't have time to be worrying about my eyes) but to my surprise my eyes looked a lot less puffy than before.  It doesn't completely undo every genetic code (you cant change City Hall) but it does improve the very puffy look I tend to get on my eyes.

These are my current skincare favourites of course for the best skin you have to drink lots of water and eat well (I cant say I have been eating the best so must try harder).  Pin It

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Too Faced - Born This Way

The expression goes "Don't judge a book by its cover" and you could easily judge the brand Too Faced for being too cute or fun.  Don't let the cuteness fool you.  Too Faced creates amazing products that not only have brilliant packaging but also have innovative formula's. 

I have recently been reintroduced to the brand and my face has been loving their new foundation Born This Way*. 

Born This Way foundation is proof of the quality of products Too Faced make. Born This Way is a beautiful looking foundation that is medium to full coverage.   You can definitely built the foundation without a cakey mask like effect.  

The foundation is oil free and one of those amazing foundations that makes your skin look radiant.  I love the glowy look (we all want to look like J Lo) and Born This Way is the perfect foundation for this kind of skin.  It covers flaws without masking them.  The foundation contains Coconut Water for radiant skin, Alpine Rose to promote elasticity and Hyaluronic Acid for smoother, youthful skin.  So while an adorable and cute brand they have a powerful foundation that makes the skin radiate youth and fights signs of ageing. 

There are 12 shades to pick from,  I have been wearing the shade Warm nude which is a wonderful match (slightly too tanned, what can I say I lived in hope of us getting sunshine).  I always suggest with foundations trying to get a sample (much easier if you live close to a counter) to see if it suits your skin.

Apologies my before and after pictures look more like mug shots.  If you would like a normal looking person doing before and after pictures please check out my pal Karen at Lovely Girlie Bits.  Possibly hard to see in these pictures (because I look like I am auditioning for Orange is the New Black) but my skin has been evened out, reducing the redness around my nose and on my chin and really impressively helping with my dark circles (really impressive considering I have a 1 1/2 year old who likes to sleep on my head).  This makes me very excited for the Born This Way concealer which is coming out to match the foundation.  

I have been enjoying Born This Way so much that I have been using this every day even instead of my beloved Stila (GASP)  I know, I like it that much.  If you have been reading this blog you will know I am Stila's NO 1 fan (yes in an obsessive weird way), they make amazing foundations..... and I have been reaching for Born This Way instead of Stila.

At €35.00 its one of the more affordable premium foundations and definitely worth checking out.  You might not be a fan of Too Faced packaging (and if your not, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? its fricking adorable) but Born This Way foundation should prove to you that the brand is more than adorable products.

You can buy Too Faced Born This Way Foundation now for €35.00 at Debenhams

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