Monday, October 20, 2014

Smashbox - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Smashbox have released a Limited Edition, cute as a button Be Legendary LipGloss.  The shimmery pink shade is called Promise* and it costs €19.00 - €5.00 of the sales will be donated to the Cancer Clinical Research Trust at St Vincents Hospital Dublin.  

This beautifully pretty shade will be flattering on everybody, it will make us feel good and look good.  Basically its the perfect excuse to buy a pretty lip gloss.

As you can see the gloss is sheer with a delicate pink shimmer going through.  Its perfect to wear alone on the lips or over a lipstick.  The Be Legendary Lip Gloss formula feels amazing on the lips, not sticky or gritty, it feels smooth and nourishing on the lips.

Alone on the lips Promise looks pretty and makes lips look just a little bit pouty, the gloss and shimmer make the lips look fuller :)  Alone the lip gloss is really flattering.

I have been wearing it as you can see below over Charlotte Tilbury's Bitch Perfect.  I am not really used to a nude shade and I find that Promise's tiny shimmer makes the lips look a bit more vibrant and alive.

I think that Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise is a great product to buy during Breast Cancer Awareness month, a good percentage of the sales of the product (€5.00) is going directly to charity and the product itself is really pretty. Pin It

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Estee Lauder - Breast Cancer Awareness

Estee Lauder are one of the major brands that really get behind Octobers Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Every year their top brands release Limited Edition products, percentages of the sales of these products go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the UK and to The Cancer Clinical Research Trust in Ireland. 

This year Estee Lauder are making it very easy for us to Look Good while Feeling Good.

All of the products have special Limited Edition packaging with the Pink Ribbon, In addition to this you can purchase Pink Ribbons from Estee Lauder Counters.  Now is the time to stock up on old faourites or pick up some limited edition shades, while giving money to a great cause.  These special products will be available during the month of October from counters.  

First up Aveda have a Limited Edition Hand Relief with Shampure Aroma.  Hand Relief  Costs 21.50 -€25.50 and Aveda will donate £2.00 or €3.00 from the purchase price to The Breast Cancer Resarch and The Cancer Clinical Research Trust in Ireland.  

Bobbi Brown - Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection features 4 glosses in varying shades of pink (Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss, Pink Tulle High Shimmer, Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss and Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss).  £30.00/€40.00 of which £5.00/€5.00 will be donated.

Clinique Long Last Lipstick - Power with Pink is a limited edition shade in a pink case (how cute) £17.00/€20.00.  £1.00/€2.00 of the sales of the product will be donated.  

Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum - its pink it helps your face £53.00/€63.00.  £5.00/€6.00 from the sales will be donated.  

Each year Elizabeth Hurley creates a collection with Estee Lauder this year its called the Dream Collection.  A pretty little pink bag houses a Limited Edition shade long last Lipstick in Dream Pink and two Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquers in Blushing Lilac and Berry Hot.  This kit costs £28.00/€34.00 of which Estee Lauder will donate £10.00/€15.00 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the UK or the Cancer Clinical Research Trust in Ireland.  I think this kit would make a wonderful gift.  

Estee Lauder Dream Compact - £75.00/€90.00 is there really any other way to carry your pressed powder?  This light defusing powder leaves your skin looking like a dream while £10.00/€15.00 from the sales will be donated to Breast Cancer Charities.

The very fancy and pretty Estee Lauder Evelyn Lauder Dream Pink  has been brought back £10.00 €15.00 of which 100% of the sale rice will be donated to Breast Cancer Charities.  Dont forget if this is a little out of your reach all Estee Lauder Counters will be selling the original Pink Ribbon Pins.  

Estee Lauders Award Winning Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II with dinky little Pink Ribbon Keychain.  Loved by beauty experts the world over now with a Limited Edition Ribbon £69.00/€80.00.  Estee Lauder will donate £10.00 from the sales to Breast Cancer Research Foundation and in Ireland €15.00 will be donated to The Cancer Clinical Research Trust.  

Jo Malone London - Red Roses Cologne a clean and sheer scent with a blend of seven roses leaving the fragrance a delicate pink shade.  £82.00/€102.00.  Jo Malone will donate £20.00 of sales in the UK and €25.00 from sales in Ireland. 

If you would like something a little fancier Creme de la Mer have a Limited Edition The Hand Treatment £35.00/€50.00.

Crème de la Mer will donate £7 from every sale in the UK during October of the limited-edition Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Hand Treatment to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 20% from every sale in Ireland during October of the limited-edition Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Hand Treatment will go to The Cancer Clinical Research Trust.

Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm in Berry Splash - a super shiny and hydrating lip balm in the cutest of pink.  $16.00/€17.00.  Origins will donate £2.50 from the purchase price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation or in Ireland The Cancer Clinical Research Trust.  

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise £15.00/€19.00 - I will have more on this in tomorrows post - £5.00/€5.00 from the sales of this pretty pink gloss will be donated.  

As you can see Estee Lauder have something out there for everybody.  What Breast Cancer Awareness products will you be purchasing this month?
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

#CLOUD10PAINTITPINK - Breast Cancer Awareness (a bit of The Balm)

Cloud 10 Beauty....Have I told you lately that I Love you?  Cloud 10 Beauty is my favourite online beauty shop, they have brought us some pretty amazing brands (and the list of brands keeps growing).  Cloud 10 have recently revamped their site and I cant wait for some of the new products that they have launching soon.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Cloud 10 Beauty are donating €1.00 from every order to the Irish Cancer Society.  We can feel good about ourselves and look good at the same time - everybody is a winner-.  No only can you feel good about your purchase it also comes in a pretty pink box.  This is absolutely wonderful of Cloud 10 and I feel its our duty to make a purchase during October.

If you are in need of some purchase inspiration I am loving the brand The Balm which Cloud 10 stock.  I am a huge fan of their highlighters which come in the cutest packaging.  I am a little addicted to highlighters at the moment.  I know the current beauty trend is the 90ies lip (anybody around for the actual 90ies shudders every time we hear this) but I am obsessed with the J-Lo Glow (yep even though its not summer I am still obsessed).  The Balms packaging is kinda adorable especially their range of highlighters which come in compacts.  Cindy-Lou Manizer* is a rose gold high lighter and Mary Lou Manizer is a traditional champagne highlighter.  These work wonderfully on the eyes as well as to highlight the face.    

How pretty is Mary-Lou? The Balm products are soft and buttery but also extremely pigmented. These Highlighters are €19.00 and will last a life time.
Since I am a bit of a high lighter junkie I had purchased Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold.  This bad boy costs £30.00 (from SpaceNK) and the colour is EXACTLY the same as The Balm.  I prefer the effect that the Balm's Mary Lou leaves on the skin.  To the left is Becca and to the right is The Balm Cindy Lou, as you will see from the swatches below they are exactly the same. 

I always feel a bit smug when I have highlighter on my skin.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Stila - Breast Cancer Awareness

Its October which means its Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Many of our favourite brands are giving us the opportunity to both look good and feel good about ourselves by creating products where proceeds of the sales go towards Cancer Research.

Stila (My beloved Stila) have created the cutest little kit which contains a Lip Glaze and a blush (buy it here).  This adorable kit only costs £10.00 and £1.00 of which is donated to Cancer Research UK.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick

When I first saw this lippy on Andreea (Yourbeauty) I knew it had to be mine.  Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Magenta is a very me shade.  Normally I am not a fan of Matte Lipsticks, I have dry lips at the best of times and matte formulas tend to be drying but Clinique Soft Matte Lipstick are part of the new wave of matte lipsticks hitting the market.  These leave the lips with a gentle matte effect without the drying Sahara effect of other matte lipsticks.
This is a soft and comfortable lipstick to wear and the colour is simply stunning (I think you will agree a very me shade).  I love the Clinique lipstick packaging the sleek metal bullet is sleek and stylish.

Have you tried any of the Soft Matte Lipsticks? Pin It

Friday, October 3, 2014

Lancome La Vie est Belle Illuminating Body Oil #Fragrance Friday

Have you ever had a fragrance that you absolutely adore on other people but when you go to wear it your own body chemistry pulls a fast one and leaves the scent not quite as delicious?  For me that fragrance has been Lancome La Vie Est belle I sniff it and adore it, I smell it on others and totally adore it.  I spray it on myself and it just doesn't work.

Lancome have released a Limited Edition Illuminating Fragrance Oil* (100ml €40.00) and it works on me, I am delighted to say it works on me.  I love that you still get the gourmand notes (foody yummyness of vanilla, praline and tonka bean) along with the smell of patchouli (I think its the patchouli which reacts with my skin even though I adore the scent).  

The Illuminating Oil is made with Sweet Almond Plant Oil to soften the skin, Apricot Heart Plant Oil which is full of antioxidant and Sesame Plant Oil which has natural healing properties.  You can use the Illuminating Oil on your body which leaves the beautiful scent of the perfume but it can also be used on the ends of your hair to nourish and smooth.

I love the luxury of using the Illuminating Body Oil, your skin feels and smells amazing, I am delighted that I found a way to wear La vie Est Belle.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury knows the transforming effects of makeup - as the worlds No 1 makeup artist you would assume she knows its endless possibilities, Charlotte's fascination with makeup started when she was 13 and discovered mascara.   Charlotte found that people reacted to her differently, not just people it seemed like EVERYBODY had an opinion or a reaction to her.  Her fascination developed further and when she was old enough she began working in the makeup industry helping Mary Greenwell.  

Charlotte learned her trade at the end of the era of the Supermodel,  Charlotte has spent her career working with the top models and actresses in the world, they hold her in high esteem not just because of her makeup skills but also because she treated the tired models to hand massages and facials during fashion weeks when they would normally be rushing from one show to the next.  Charlotte developed her famous "Magic Cream" which she used to sooth tired models skins - the name developed all by itself because of the magic effects it had on tired skin.  Magic Cream is so famous in beauty circles Charlotte was offered the opportunity to sell the formula, but Charlotte doesn't work like that, she had her own vision to bring beauty to the everyday woman making their lives a little more glamorous in the process. 

Charlotte has worked with many makeup houses to develop collections and products, most notably the Tom Ford Makeup line.  Charlotte has used this knowledge and perfected it to create Charlotte Tilbury Beauty one of the prettiest makeup collections I have ever seen. 

Charlotte is passionate about makeup something that you can see clearly on her youtube channel (youtube), she is passionate about women getting the best from their makeup.  Charlotte doesn't believe that makeup should be difficult, it should be something that every woman should be able to achieve. 

I recently went to a launch of the new and quite frankly fantastic Charlotte Tilbury counter which is front and centre in Brown Thomas new beauty hall.  Myself and Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits (check out her amazing video on Charlotte Tilbury Products) could not contain our excitement, its one thing looking at a brand that looks as stunning as Charlotte's range, its another to find the products are amazing quality.  We went, we saw, we swatched - we knew we were in big trouble THE RANGE IS STUNNING.
I got two products to try at the launch one of Charlotte's K.I.S.S.I.NG Lipsticks in the shade Velvet Underground.  The lipsticks are vintage glamour they look like they could come straight out of Marilyn Monroe's Makeup Bag.  Rose gold metal housing a stunning hot pink lipstick (a very me colour I think you will agree).  The lipsticks feel amazing on the lips.  Charlotte has created a range with quite a few nude lipsticks, something that I would normally avoid but the shade Bitch Perfect (a pinky nude)  is just perfection and something that WILL be mine when it comes back into stock (it has been sold out in Brown Thomas for weeks) ITS BACK IN STOCK PEEPS AND I BOUGHT ONE.  These lipsticks are glorious, stunning design and feel fantastic. 
Charlotte's You Tube videos should come with a warning "Do not watch late at night, the excitement will get to you, you will not sleep"  I overdosed looking at her videos the weekend before the launch and was so excited I couldn't sleep.  Her tutorials show how she simply applies makeup, describing it in easy terms,  she has also created her makeup line with an easy approach.  Colour Chameleon's have been created to take the guess work out of eye makeup each pencil is created to enhance specific eye colour.  Charlotte of course doesn't believe in rules and any colour can be used with any eye colour.  When I saw the shade Amber Haze I got really excited because its the shade she used on Victoria Beckham

These easy to use eye shadow sticks apply beautifully to the eye and are easy to blend.  Unlike most shadow sticks or similar products they stay put all day - that's saying something with my oily lids-.  even though I don't have brown eyes Amber Haze seems to make my eyes pop, it makes my eyes seem whiter and brighter. If its good enough for Victoria Beckham its good enough for me. 

Charlotte Tilbury is pure luxury, it makes me feel so fancy.

I cant get over how bright my eyes look, I have been so very tired lately and Amber Haze fools the world into thinking I have been getting a proper nights sleep.

Charlotte has created 10 signature makeup looks making her range easy to use and pick from (I have picked up the Dolce Vita Kit) she has basically created a capsule makeup wardrobe (Uptown Girl is next on my list).    If you look on her site or at the counter Charlotte has used the same model for the 10 looks - its hard to believe the transformation.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty is a luxury makeup range, for the luxury price tag you are getting a luxury product housed in glorious packaging.  Its really hard not to become obsessed with the brand.  Every time I walk into Brown Thomas I have made a Charlotte Tilbury purchase, in fact I have pretty much ignored the rest of the beauty hall when I am in there.  I have picked up plenty of products which I will be reviewing over the next few weeks, in short I love them all and my list keeps growing.  Its fair to say that I am Charlotte Tilbury OBSESSED.

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