Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte Lipstick - Sell Out, Its Hapening and Lady Balls

Liquid lipsticks are a huge makeup trend which is going nowhere anytime soon.  We want our lip products to be long lasting and a liquid lipstick is the best option.  Too Faced (the most adorable makeup brand) have the Melted Matte Liquified Matte Lipstick which are one of my favourites on the market.
I had tried Too Faced Melted Lipsticks a few years ago and I unfortunately was not impressed with how they wore which was a pity because the shade was a stunning vibrant pink (I have since tried the Melted Lipstick in the shade Chihuahua and it wore much better) so I was slightly skeptical when I tried the Melted Mattes.   

Its Too Faced so the packaging is lovely, slightly more classic than the rest of their range with nice touches like the embossed logos. The applicator delivers the perfect amount of product which is very easy to apply (my number 1 tip for liquid lipsticks is take your time applying cause they will LAST ALL DAY and if you mess up you will stain your skin and you could look like the Joker).  The lipsticks themselves are wonderfully pigmented and offer an amazing shade range but one of the reasons Melted Mattes are one of my favourite liquid lipsticks is they are so comfortable to wear.  I have dry lips which actually shrivel at the words "Liquid lipstick", quite honestly there is nothing less attractive that dessert dry lips wearing liquid lipstick.  The formula of Melted Mattes is so comfortable to wear and not drying, while its not like wearing a lip balm it contains Avacado Oil, Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres which means your lips look perfected even and smooth.  I have worn these for 5 hours and they still look absolutely perfect.  Its so easy when your in work or have a long day, you dont have to worry about the colour shifting off your lips or wearing off (or your lips looking dry). 

I love the shade range (there are more that I want to pick up like Mrs Roper a vibrant orange which will be perfect for Summer) have 3 shades to show you Sell Out*, Its Happening* and probably the best named lip product EVER Lady Balls*.
Left to Right: Sell Out, Its Happening and Lady Balls
I am not usually a fan of nude or natural lips (for me bold is better) but I am in love with the shade Sell Out which is so flattering and unlike a lot of nude or natural liquid lipsticks it does not crack down the lips.

Its Happening is Mags in Lipstick form - a bright vibrant pink which enlivens the face and brings me joy.

Lady Balls is a classic red with the most kick ass name - its the kind of red that makes you feel confident, in charge and a complete bad-ass. 
 
I love the shade range, the consistency, the fact that they are non drying and you can trust them to stay on the lips for hours.  

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte Lipsticks available at Debenhams and cost €26.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Stila Cosmetics is coming to Cloud 10 Beauty

I have some very exciting beauty news - Stila Cosmetics is coming to Cloud 10 Beauty.  Thats right my absolute favourite makeup brand is going to be available on the fantastic Cloud 10 Beauty.

As you know I am a Stila obsessive (and your all going to go bonkers over the new magnificent metals eye shadows) and I think they are a perfect fit with Cloud 10 Beauty.
If you have ordered from Cloud 10 you will know that they are absolutely fantastic.  I love Cloud 10 Beauty so much let me count the ways.

I love Cloud 10 because its an Irish Brand woo hoo (and the people behind the brand are just so lovely).

I love Cloud 10 because they have brought some really hard to get brands to Ireland (think Paula's Choice, Morphe Alpha H, Pestle and Mortar as well as supporting Irish brands like Moxi Loves and Cleanse off Mitt) they are basically a one stop beauty shop.  

I love Cloud 10 because they have super quick shipping (most days its next day delivery)  Its online shopping with instant gratification.

I love Cloud 10 because they offer samples. OK this is small but very important, how else are we supposed to try new products (and see what we are buying next.  

I love Cloud 10 because they always have fantastic discount codes.  There is only one thing better than fantastic makeup and that is makeup you get a discount on (sign up to their newsletter and keep an eye out on their social media).  





To celebrate the launch of Stila on Cloud 10 (is this real life?)  Cloud 10 will be running some cool giveaways and I will be talking ALL STILA ALL WEEK.

Your probably thinking wow Mags has really upped her photo game.... I haven't the pics are all courtesy of the delightful and talented Andreea from Your Beauty.  She has the prettiest Instagram feed you will ever see.  
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Clarins Spring 2017

Its Spring - and while we may not be skipping through the daisies just yet the Spring makeup collections have hit counters giving us all a renewed sense of optimism.  

I love a birra Clarins, its one of those brands that is classy and creates beautiful products.  The star of Clarins Spring Collection is the Contouring Perfection palette €45.00.  While I don't have my own to show you I have played with it and I can tell you that its Classy Contouring (can you expect anything less from Clarins).  Its a matte palette and even the highlight shade doesn't have shimmer which means it can be used as a highlighting setting powder under the eyes.  Clarins do amazing face palettes, their now iconic annual summer bronzer is my favourite makeup product each year (seriously its always one of the most beautiful makeup product of the year) so if your on the lookout for a subtle contouring palette which doesn't look like you have drawn two brown lines down your face check this out.  



As part of the Spring collection Clarins have released a new 4 Colour Eyeshadow Palette 05 Smokey* €43.00.  For me its a little bit of an odd shade selection for Spring but as I have said before Clarins eye shadows create a watercolour effect on the lid so I have been using the quad with a black liner for a classic look.  I have said before that I'm not mad about Clarins eye shadows, but as I get older and I have more and more laughter lines, (dam myself for finding so much funny) I am reaching for more classic eye shadow shades (not so much for the lime green)  I can really appreciate how flattering the shadows are on the lids (with age comes wisdom - and those pesky lines).  The shadows can be used dry (for a more watercolour effect) or wet (for a deeper more intense look).   The shadows themselves are smooth and buttery and while gray doesn't scream Spring to me its a perfect addition to their eyeshadow quad range (actually if I look up at the Irish sky in Spring it is gray and not as pretty as the quad).  

Left to Right : 4 Colour Eyeshadow Palette 05 Smokey - Ombre Iridescent Eye 10 Silver Grey, 09 Silver Rose,  
The very pretty Ombre Iridescent eyeshadows €24.00 are extremely buttery and pigmented and a single swatch will make you go ooooooo.  The shade 10 Silver Grey* is such a classic shade which can be worn as a light sparkle or for full on glamour.  The shade 09 Silver Rose* is one of those shadows that you think "I cant wear pink" but it translates as a really pretty lid colour and even can be worn on tops of cheeks as a highlighter.  I love the consistency of these shadows much more than the quads and I definitely show them more love.  
Clarins have also released a three Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks (the shade pictures is Soft Plum) I absolutely adore Clarins lip products, they are my favourite on the market, they are nourishing, moisturising and feel amazing on the lips.  While Clarins tend to go with a classier shade range than I would naturally gravitate towards (Clarins don't to slag pink) my lips absolutely adore the products. Im pretty sure that there are properties in the lipsticks that are anti aging which makes me love them even more.  


For me the star of the Spring show is the 4- Colour All in One Pen *€36.00. .  A 4 colour pen (like the clicky 4 colour Bic pens) which houses 3 eye liners (a dark black, a classic brown and vibrant blue) and a lip liner (a classic nude).   I was a little concerned the line would be too thick (on my small eyes) it wasn't its perfect, or sharp (would it scrape) it didn't its very smooth.   Its absolutely ideal for women whose makeup bags are on the go with them (from work direct to play)  or for holidays.  At a pinch you can use it for eye brows (but this would depend on your colouring).  Clarins are saying you can use it to draw freckles, but this is Ireland and we all have kisses from angels.  Its easy to use, lightweight and pretty dam deadly.  Its a really simple idea which makes it all the more GENIUS

Take it or leave it? 
So what should you take and what should you leave from the collection?  I would leave the eyeshadow quad (unless you have a burning desire for classic grey quad) and the lipsticks (although if you don't have a Clarins lip oil WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?  THEY ARE AMAZING (yes I'm shouting, sorry about that, but they are that good).

You should take - the Contouring Perfection Palette, for too long we have seen really really bad contouring, Clarins have released a classy contouring palette.  My absolute must have is the 4 Colour All in One Pen, perfect for on the go or travel, easy to use, wonderfully pigmented.  Simply put ITS GENIUS. 


Disclaimer: Sorry for the blurry pictures turns out toddlers like to bounce cameras off the ground which isn't the best for blog pictures or for pictures of said adorable toddler.  
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Too Faced - Love Flush and Sweethearts Blush ( I Heart Too Faced)

Part of me believes Valentines Day was invented to inject a bit of oomph into February a month which lets be honest is January's shorter sister.  So Valentines is here promising to be full of love happiness and romance.  I had my little boy on Valentines Day so it will always be a day full of love and happiness.

Too Faced is the most adorable makeup brand and just looking at the products makes me smile. Although these blushes are not a new release they are perfect for a little Valentines Love (what a lovely gift or self gift).
There is nothing like the rush of love to bring a blush to our cheeks, some of us need a little help with that radiant glow and so we have Love Flush - Long Lasting blush* €30.00.  There are six shades to this cheeky little blush with names like Justify my Love, I will Always Love you, Baby Love, Love Hangover (you guessed it all with song names).  

I have I will Always Love You which is a perfect peachy blush.  The blushes promise to be fade proof, smudge proof and promise to last 16 hours.  While I dont know why you would need your blush to last for 16 hours, I can say that the blush is in an adorable heart shaped compact (we expect nothing less from Too Faced) with even more adorable bunnies embossed onto the blush.

 There is a slight sparkle to the blush which transfers beautifully onto the skin.  I love that you can take the compact out on the go and its so adorable its bound to be a conversation starter as well as a perfect apricot blush.  
 What could be cuter than the Love Flush compacts?  (pretty much nothing could be cuter - have you seen those bunnies, actual bunnies)  Sweethearts blush* €29.00 is a baked blush in a cute heart shape each with 3 different colours which can be used alone or mixed.  The Sweetheart Blush comes in four shades Something About Berry, Candy Glow, Peach Beach and Sparking Bellini.

 
  I have the shade Sparkling Bellini* which adds a stunning natural glow to the cheeks.

 


I am fast becoming a huge Too Faced fan (they won my Brand of the year 2016) not only are their products completely adorable (bunnies actual bunnies in a heart) the products are fantastic quality.  I love how the brand has outrageously cute packaging but the products themselves are so flattering on the skin. 

I Heart Too Faced 

Too Faced is  available at exclusively at Debenhams, www.debenhams.ie

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower

Every woman would love something in a box with the words "Jimmy Choo" emblazoned across the top.  Unfortunately most of us the shoes are but a dream but the brand offer us all something more attainable and just as delicious.  

Jimmy Choo just get fragrance, they manage to capture a fragrance which is wearable and has great mass market appeal.  Even if we forget about the brand name on the bottle the fragrances are really wearable and instantly recognisable.  

Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower* is one of the latest launches from the brand and while I wasnt a fan of the original Illicit I am loving the ladylike chic of Illicit Flower. 

The bottle is art deco inspired and for me it manages to be both simple and decadent.  You couple picture this on the makeup table of Zelda Fitzgerald or on a modern Instagramable Ikea desk.

Lets explore the fragrance

The notes

Top: Apricot, Mandarin and Freesia

Heart: Rose, Grapefruit Flower and Jasmine

Bottom: Musk, Sandalwood and Cashmeran

The Rose has been a very trendy ingredient in fragrances, while it has never gone out of fashion it has made a definite resurgence.   The fragrance opens fresh and fruity giving a youthful vibe but as it develops the rose emerges and you get much more feminine and ladylike feel, as the fragrance develops further you smell the musk and without it overpowering or loosing the rose.

Jimmy Choo have taken a traditional ingredient and created a fragrance which is both classic and modern.  Illicit Flower is one of those perfumes that when I smell it on a jumper or scarf it makes me inhale deeply, the more I wear it, the more I love it.  The more the fragrance develops the more I love it.


I love Illicit Flower from the decedent but simple bottle to the ladylike but modern fragrance.

Illicit flower is out now and costs 40ML- €43, 60ml - €65 and 100ml €95.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Best of 2016

OK so Im a little (a lot) late to post my favourite products of 2016 but I thought you might be a little interested to know what was floating my boat in 2016 as a lot of these are my current favourites.   Some of these products I have been meaning to write about for ages but time got away from me.  

Best thing I did for my Skin/Myself 
As a beauty lover it was kind of shocking that it had been about 6 years since my last facial.  I had always been a fan of Dermalogica facials and was delighted to get to try the Ion Active Power Treatment* which is a personalised treatment which targets issues such as dehydration, hyper pigmentation, ageing and acne.  Basically it felt like the bad bits of my skin were gone and I was left with glowing, radiant and younger looking skin.  Needless to say I will be going back for another treatment at Nuessence in February.  (I also finally got to try Dermalogica Precleanse and I LOVE IT).
Best Skincare
Shiseido has been a bit of a revelation to me in 2016, its an amazing brand steeped in history and tradition but on the cutting edge when it comes to skincare.  Shiseido has ranges to suite all age types so its probably best to visit your counter and get some advice which range is best suited to your age and skin type.  Shiseido is a luxury brand but a word of warning once you start using the products you will love them.  A good place to introduce you to Shiseido is with the Beauty Sleeping Mask which at €45 isn't as intimidating a price point.  Beauty Sleeping Mask is perfect to use after a night out, a night of no sleep or on generally tired and dehydrated skin.  Beauty Sleeping Mask is perfect to lazy busy people because you just apply and go to sleep (no washing off or removing). You wake up to plumper, hydrated and radiant skin.  I know this is most definitely the wrong way to use the product but if I'm having a bad week I use it every night as a night cream.

Best Mask
Ok I know I just mentioned Shiseido Beauty Sleeping Mask thats for hydration.  My favourite mask to make my skin feel squeeky clean and instantly better has been Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque.  The mask helps troubled skin and perfects normal skin, there is a slight exfoliating effect to the mask and if I have had a few days where my skin feels blurgh this brightens it up instantly.  


Best Foundation
Shiseido Synchro Skin is my jam.  If your looking for a natural looking foundation with enough kick to cover blemishes and discoloration, has a SFP of 20 (but magically doesn't cause flashback in photography) all while making you look radiant and with natural looking skin I cant recommend Synchro Skin enough.   I always recommend getting a sample of a premium foundation (we all have too many orange/red/patchy/weird foundations in our past) and the moment I tried my sample pot (from the lovely girls at Arnotts) I knew I would be back to buy the full size.  I love it, no I REALLY LOVE IT. 
Setting Spray 
I never thought that I would be including a setting spray in favourites but Clarins Fix Make-up* is that good.  It has a fine spray which sets the makeup without moving ore removing any makeup.  Its one of those trustee products you don't appreciate until you run out.  
Best Mascara
I have not tried a Clarins mascara in years and while their skin care and lip products are phenomenal their eye products can be a bit of a disappointment to me.  Clarins Mascara Supra Volume* is fecking deadly,  I have small eyes with about 4 lashes and this mascara makes my lashes look longer and fuller.  Normally for a mascara to do that im left with clunky clotted lashes but Supra Volume makes me look naturally like Bambi (maybe a chubbier, exhausted looking Bambi).  The mascara also contains a serum which helps improve the condition of your lashes as you use it.  


Best Eye Palette
So there is tough competition in this category and if the Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette had not spent most of the year sold out it would have featured beside Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics*.  As much as I love Urban Decay their rapid fire release of palettes can overwhelm the most dedicated makeup addict.  I think the Naked Ultimate Basics (a matte palette bar one "shimmery matte" shade) is a lovely warm toned addition to every makeup bag.  The matte shades are easy to work with and flattering on all ages, while the colour selection works really well especially on light coloured eyes.
Best Brow Product 
Most of the time I forget about eyebrows.  I am not a fan of the whole HD brows, not only is it too much time and effort I also have an inherent fear of looking like Groucho Marx. So why my friends do I have a brow product in my favourites?  Blame Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits who I trust implicitly.  She said it was brilliant, there was a new NYX counter in Boots Liffey Valley (its massive and I was overwhelmed so this was the only product which stuck in my mind).  The NYX Micro Brow Pencil is a errrrr small brow pencil which lets you fill in the hairs and brush through on the other end.  Quick, simple and easy to use (and not a Marx brother in sight).

Best Lip Products
Best Lipstick
When I heard Urban Decay were releasing 100 shades of lipstick (in 6 different finishes) that made me very happy bunny indeed.   I have picked up a few different shades of Vice Lipstick and my favourite is definitely Frenemy which is the brightest pink shade.  For €18.50 your getting a premium lipstick in just about any shade you could imagine.  I really love the texture and feel of the lipsticks as well as the amazing pigmentation.  I really love the creme and comfort matte finishes and I will definitely be picking up more Vice lipsticks.  (I picked up Big Bang which was my very first Urban Decay product and unfortunately the metalised finish requires a little more work to keep on the lips).  

Lip Treatment 
If you know me you will know that I LOVE Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil*  I love it so much I have one in my bag at all times and one where I do my makeup.   I spent most of the summer wearing this over a lip liner.  It leaves the lips feeling amazing and looking fantastic.  I cant be without one. 
Magic Product
I didn't have a single gray hair before I had the baby FACT,  I also could sleep 12 -13 hours no problem.  While babies and children interrupt your sleep (by jumping and sleeping on your head) I find that even when the baby is sleeping like a baby sleeping like a man unable to hear a baby my mind can race and I am unable to switch off and unwind.  This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray* simply put works.  The process of spraying starts my mind to thing "right lads get ready for a good nights sleep".  The delicate fragrance is relaxing but not overpowering.  I am not sure what other magical ingredients are in it but I am on my second bottle.  I use it on the baby (not like chloroform I promise) and unless its a horrible teething night it works on him too.  Another product I cant be without.
Best Place to Buy Makeup
Aren't we living in a wonderful time where there are tons of wonderful places to buy makeup (we can even order from Sephora - a place so wonderful 2 of the men I work with took a picture of themselves outside of it in Vegas to taunt me).  For me the winner of the best place to buy makeup is Debemhams.  Debehnams beauty hall can look quite traditional with some of the older classic brands like Clarins and Chanel, but as you move further they have Benefit and Urban Decay.  Delve a little deeper into the beauty hall (and online) and you hit the beauty jackpot.  Debenhams have Too Faced, Laura Geller, Bagsy, The Balm and least we forget Kat Von D (currently online only but if rumours are true we will be getting a counter soon).  Debenhams are stocking niche brands that have been traditional to find and putting them straight on the high street (or straight to your door if you order online).  As a bonus Debenhams have a loyalty card so your earning money off your next purchases as you spend.  Good work Debenhams.  

Best Brand 
TOO FACED not only win the most adorable makeup brand they also win brand of the year.  I have always known about Too Faced but mostly only bought the products when I was in America.  In 2016 I discovered that Debenhams stocked Too Faced and a love began to blossom.  Its not just that the products are adorable (they are), its not cause they love a theme (they love a theme, chocolate, New York and dam they do it well) the products are good DAM GOOD.

Brand to look out for in 2017
L.O.V. is the fancier big sister of the brands Essence and Catrice.  As beauty junkies we all love Essence and Catrice, there are products in each range that are so good and so affordable its mind blowing (Essence cant be beaten with their nail polishes and Catrice have the affordable highlighter game sewn up) and while its always nice to try new makeup brands its reassuring to know that they are coming from a good family.  While L.O.V. range is a little more expensive you can see the quality in the products and packaging.  The lipstick is the nicest bullet I have seen from an affordable brand (sleek packaging and a magnetic lid).  L.O.V.  should be popping up in pharmacies nationwide and is definitely worth taking a look at.

Perfume of the Year
Ok I have been keeping this to myself because I love it.  Van Cleef & Arpels Moonlight Patchouli is an expensive perfume, it smells expensive, it looks expensive (it even has a fancy dongle with Van Cleef & Arpels).  Van Cleef is a brand more suited to somebody in Gossip Girl than to me but I adore this fragrance.  I love Patchouli but its an ingredient that can sometimes react badly with my skin and just smell wrong (especially in gourmand fragrances).  I adore them on others but they just don't suit my body chemistry.  Moonlight Patchouli is a very easy to wear fragrance,  like a Patchouli fragrance for idiots - fancy posh idiots.  It manages to be rich and earthy while also being light.
Product of the Year
I love a simple product that doesn't require time, effort or skill (three things I have little or none of).  The Aurora Band is like the magic beans of hair products, you think this is going to be a swizz but it really works (on my hair) and for €13.99 its amazing value.  You put the band in your hair and go to sleep (with damp or lightly damp hair), remove in the morning (sometimes that's easier than others) and voila your left with wavy Blake Lively hair.  Sometimes it works better than others (depending on how I put it on the night before)  but I love the effect it gives.  What I love most is its easy to use and you can actually sleep comfortably in it (unlike the laughably named "Sleep in Rollers").    Nearly every time I use it (which is becoming a bit of an addiction at this stage) people ask me did I get my hair done, the reality is I have slept in it and haven't even brushed it that day.  MAGIC... Lazy lazy magic.

The effects of the Aurora Band - I haven't even brushed my hair so you would think I could blend my concealer. 

I probably will not manage a monthly favourite post Ill try a quarterly or half year favourites.  What were you loving in 2016?  Have you tried any of these products?  I would love to know your thoughts.

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