Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kate Moss for Rimmel

If the idea of a Kate Moss designed lipstick wasn't enough for you the advertising image alone would sell it to you. I picked up two of these budget buys and at €6.95 each sure why wouldn't I?  I picked up Number 1 and Number 2 (tee hee toilet humour).  These are called Lasting Finish and I can say they do stay on your lips for a while (I only re applied once during a night out - after that I didn't really care what I looked like :-).  They are smooth and a pleasure to apply, they smell of sweets - really yummy (please if you can remember the sweet that they smell of, let me know).
They are neither super shiny nor are they matte... they are the perfect combination of the two.

Have you picked up a Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick?
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV

Do I need more eyeshadow... of course I don't NEED any more, beauty addiction is not about need is it?  Urban Decay are one of my favourite brands. I happen to think their eye shadows are the best around (in yo face MAC), although they are €17.00 per eyeshadow which is a bit spendy so when I see that they have released a palette I am all over it.   Urban Decay's Books of Shadows IV made me have a small internal debate.  I had just bought the Anniversary palette and the new palette is covered with butterflies. Some people love butterflies. I HATE BUTTERFLIES, they freak me out.  BUT out of the 16 shadows in this palette 10 of them are new.  My greed won and I bought the palette.

So here is the box - the inside has (feckin) butterflies that bounce out at you and it also contains a portable speaker which you connect to your phone.  Inside there is a card with QR codes you scan with your phone and this brings you to how-to videos with Urban Decay's five newest looks. I have a slight issue with the QR codes - you need to have great light and a steady hand to read these codes, every time I try I have neither so I have yet to unlock the how to videos.

Here is a little comparison between the Book of Shadows II and IV, although IV looks bigger its really just to accommodate the liner and the speaker.

I have a little rant in relation to the packaging, I loved the packaging of the Anniversary palette and I think that Urban Decay spoiled us a little with it.  The packaging on the Book of Shadows IV is made of heavy cardboard (covered in those feckin butterflies). When I got the palette home I tried to open the palette.. I COULD'NT.  The little sleeve would not pull out, it wouldn't budge.  I was already in  (unusually) bad form and when I pulled the sleeve I managed to tear the opposite end of the packaging but the sleeve still wouldn't budge.  As I went for a "time out" in the other room (count to ten and let the red mist dissipate) himself tried to open the palette, with a little more tear and a big man size finger going into one of the shadows the palette was finally open.  I don't expect to have this much trouble trying to get at a product so the packaging is a big FAIL for me.

The shadow Zephyr that has big man size print in it.
Here are the shadows... they are so pretty it makes up for the red mist inducing packaging.  Inside you also get a 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion (black), A Primer Potion and a Curling Mascara.
How about some swatches?
Blue Bus, Gunmetal, Cobra, Baked
Bender, Gravity, Lost, Hijack
Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, Midnight Rodeo, Crystal
Bust, Missionary, Skimp, Zephyr.

I love that the top two rows are vibrant and colourful and the bottom two have beautiful neutral colours.  As always Urban Decay's shadows are brilliant quality but the glittery shadows can be a bit gritty and expect some fall out (you can see the chunks in the swatches).  The shadows that are glitter free are so soft (like butter). Baked and Bender are particularly smooth. I absolutely love them.  All of these are one swipe/swatch, the colour Blue Bus could have been a little more pigmented but all it takes is another swipe to bring out the amazing colour.

The 24/7 liner.
Do you think that you will be picking up Urban Decays new Book of Shadows IV?

Urban Decays new Book of Shadows IV costs €52.00 and is available from Debenhams and House of Fraser.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CCO Skin Care

You didn't think I went to a CCO without picking up a few essentials did you?  I am a big fan of Origins skin care and when ever I am in America I stock up. Since I was running low on skincare, I found two sets that were amazing value
The first is the Make a Difference Repair £22.50 I haven't tried any of the products in this set before so I can't tell you what I think of them but the main reason I picked this up was because the cream was sitting beside the set for sale individually for £22.50 and I am a sucker for a bargain... I mean why would you not go for the set when they are the same price?
Inside the set (which comes in a makeup bag)
Make a Difference Rejuvenating Cleansing Milk 30ml
Make a Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion 50ml
Make a Difference Skin Rejuvenating Serum 5ml
Make a Difference Skin Rejuvenating Moisturizer 50ml
Look at how luscious the Make a Difference cream looks
The next set I saw made me very excited indeed - it is the Energising Trio Ginzing £24.00 This set includes a full size VitaZing (which I love), a full size Ginzing and a sample size of the Drink Up Mask.   VitaZing is a tinted moisturiser which leaves an amazing glow on your skin and you can wear it under foundation (it's what I thought BB Creams would be). GinZing eye cream has a beautiful iridescence to it which brightens the eye area.  A little price comparison for you - GinZing is €30 and VitaZing is €35 and I got the whole set for £24.00.  Amazing or what? 
Make a Difference Repair £22.50

Energising Trio Ginzing £24.00
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Camomile ..oh so soothing

Taking Sile’s advice in a previous blog I headed into The Body Shop after years of dismissing the place (I think I still have about 3 Body Shop gift baskets under the sink in my mam’s house). After Siles review of the Body Shop Nutriganics Softening cleansing gel I decided to give it a go and I though it was great (Thanks Sile). But while I was in there I also noticed the Camomile Waterproof Eye Make-Up remover which piqued my interest. So after liking the cleanser so much I took another trip in to get it. So happy that I did. It's described as “A rich and creamy lotion specially formulated to very gently yet effectively remove all traces of waterproof and long-lasting make-up, leaving the delicate skin around the eye area feeling soft, smooth and soothed. Alcohol, colour and fragrance free.”

I have sensitive eyes and can find a lot of cleansers make them sting a little, but this one didn’t even make my eyes water. I do love to pile on the auld eyeshadow on a night out ( I blame the urban decay book of shadows, too many lovely shadows and not enough eye lid to wear them all…but I try). By the end of the night my eye make-up is a little worse for wear and a quick swipe with this cleanser and I am good for bed. I even found I could rub this right into my lash line to take off liner and mascara and not even the slightest sting. With most eye cleansers I do find that after I get the make up off I have to re-wash with water as I don’t like leaving a trace of the product on my eyes as it irritates them but this is so soothing that I didn’t have to.

All in all loving this product and when I bought it the sales girl gave me a sample of a moisturising day cream which I may have to investigate further. May even take another look at those gift baskets under my mams sink. Has anyone else tried any of the Body Shops products lately? Pin It

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CCO Trip

There is probably only one thing that I enjoy more than a road trip with my bestie (Redser the Half, so named because she has glorious red hair and also because she does a random post on here when she has the time) and that would be discount cosmetics.  Woo Hoo.  Anybody who has visited America will have come across a Cosmetic Company Outlet or CCO. Did you know we have our very own Cosmetics Company Outlet on this Emerald Isle? We do - it's in Junction One Antrim which is about 30 minutes from Belfast (they really should open a CCO in Kildare Village don't ya think? It would be a win/loose situation, win for the products loose for our bank balance.  A Cosmetic Company Outlet is an Estée Lauder discount shop selling current and discontinued items from all of Estée Lauder brands.  The brands that are available in the Antrim shop  are Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Prescriptives (although the brand is now discontinued there were some items available) Ojon, Origins, MAC and various perfumes that fall under the Estée Lauder empire such as Michael Kors and DKNY.  I have been to Junction One a few times and I always enjoy a good ole nose around.  I tried to take a few sneaky pictures of some of the MAC products on my iPhone (sorry if the quality is bad) as I thought this is what people would be most interested in. 

As you can see there are products from the Surf Baby Collection and they also had quite a bit from Tartan Tales and some bits and bobs from Venomous Villains (sorry I was far too excited and distracted to take pictures of everything).  I always like to pick up my MAC brushes when I am at a CCO (I have a makeup brush addiction) and I rarely if ever will pay the full price for MAC brushes in Ireland.  In the CCO they keep the brushes behind the counter so ask them what they have in stock (they will either take out a list with pictures or take out the actual brushes depending on who serves you.)

So here is what I got, It doesn't look like much (I have another post with skincare) as I have already been there before I have some of the items already - trust me I went mad the first time I went to Junction One even now I spend all my time in the CCO while my friends go to the other shops. 

 I picked up a MAC 213 Fluff Brush which cost £12.00, Surf USA eyeshadow which was £8.50 and a Clinique Most Wanted Colour £14.00 (beautifully soft eyeshadow - Clinique I never knew you had it in you).

I didn't swatch the Clinique set because I think it will make a lovely present for somebody, the CCO is great for picking up presents and sets.
Have you visited a CCO? Tell me your tales of your CCO visits? Should we start a petition to bring a CCO to Kildare Village ?
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Marc Jacobs & Benefit Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all who entered our Vogue Fashion's Night Out Giveaway - threw up number 17 which means our lucky winner is....


Congratulations Rachelle, we'll be in touch to organise getting your prize to you :-)
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Andrea Fulerton Petrol in Water

Andrea Fulerton's Colour Layer System is a nail polish duo; either polish can be worn alone or the colours can be layered to produce a whole new (amazing) colour. 

The darker colour in Petrol in Water is a deep, shimmery bronze - quite nice, but nothing amazing and not a polish that I would wear by itself. But layer the sheer white iridescent polish over it, and....


Isn't it the most amazing colour? It really is like petrol in water as it changes colour depending on which way the light hits it - it's sometimes purple, sometimes blue, always gorgeously vibrant and sparkly. It's quite dangerous to wear this while driving - I just couldn't take my eyes off it! 

This is only available in Superdrug in the UK - my friend picked it up for me in Manchester last week - so if you want to get it on these shores you'll have to head to Superdrug in Belfast, where it's priced £7.99.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Urban Decay

A couple of weeks ago my mam treated me to two new Urban Decay goodies (I know I know I am far too old to be getting treats and I should be a grown up yada yada)  while we were there she also treated herself to the Urban Decay Naked Palette which has gone up from €36 to €40 not a huge increase but a increase all the same.  They had new products and I was all over them I got a 24/7 liquid liner and a Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour.  I had such a hard time picking colours as the choice is amazing.  The liner and lip colour cost €19.00 each.
I picked up the eyeliner in Siren and the lip colour in Crush (I picked the hot pink no suprise for me really).  Lets get swatching.
The brush on the eyeliner is tiny really tiny but I love this, my eyes are small and it allows me to draw a really precise line or then build up to a more dramatic line.  The colour is a teal colour but reminds me of petrol as it almost changes colours in the light.

Here is the lip colour in Crush a stunning hot pink, the product is really interesting its a lipstick and is moisturising on the lips but has a sheen to it with none of the stickiness of a gloss
I love how precise the lip pencil allows you to draw your lip, I probably should have taken a picture of it on my lips (next time) but trust me it wears well and you can build up the colour and I LOVE THE COLOUR (the swatch doesn't actually do it justice).

Just to show you how tiny the brush is here is a mac pencil eyeliner, a Stila liner and finally the Urban Decay Liner.  I love how small the brush is but it might drive some people bonkers.
I think I will have to pick up some more of the 24/7 liners and I have my eye on the orange lip colour.  So have you used any of Urban Decays new products?
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Avon Super SHOCK MAX

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am in love, and it's with a mascara.  As you know I spoke before about my love for Avon Supershock Mascara and I was delighted when I was sent Avon SuperSHOCK MAX to try.  I initially thought how are they going to beat the original Supershock, it's great, can't be beaten.  I was wrong.  The brush is a plastic wand and the bristles are laid out in a helix formation (I am a sucker for anything helix).  I noticed about the brush that it's softer on the lashes than other plastic wands (I am generally not a fan of plastic wands).  You know sometimes when you're applying your mascara with a plastic wand you can hear the wand scrape through your lashes (please tell me this is not just me)  - this doesn't happen with "The MAX" (as I will be calling it); the wand is gentle on the lashes.

The mascara has a plumping complex and Avon says it adds 15x the volume of natural lashes (I haven't measured this exactly but I'll take their word on it).  I have sensitive eyes that the slightest breeze will make tear up but the hypoallergenic formula means my eyes are happy and tear free. 

The MAX really lengthens  my short, stubby curly lashes but what I am loving is the fact that the length stays all day, some mascaras give length when you first apply it but as the day goes on the mascara crumbles and you find the length has disappeared.  The MAX does not let me down like this the length stays put all day and my lashes are not spikey and crispy.   Lets have a little before and after.

(Please excuse my mismatched foundation its Chanel Vitalumiere in 30 in case you're wondering and it is a perfect colour if I have seen the sun but since the sun didn't visit us this summer it looks ridiculously dark on me- because at the moment it is too dark for me)

I don't know about you but I am impressed.  When I heard about the new Benefit mascara I was a little tempted to buy it until I applied The Max, I don't have to spend masses of money on a mascara when Avon offers an amazing mascara at an affordable price.  I have a couple of mascaras floating around at the moment - they range from high end to affordable but I reach for The MAX to use every day.  So the big question is would I buy this/repurchase the product?  Hell yeah the only thing that would stop me from buying this is if Avon release Super Dooper Shock Max (cause I would have to give that a go)

You can get your hands on The Max from your local Avon Representative and I will be picking up my next one online from Avon Shop Online. where it is currently available for €8.00.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

NYC Blushable Creme Sticks (Makeup excitement that gives you Heart Failure)

The Internet can be a weird and wonderful place. Last week when I had a chest infection my friend decided to diagnose me using her iPhone, symptoms she asked... terrible cough, temperature, feel generally crap I replied.  Up came the result "Heart Failure".... OK Internet lesson learned never ever look up symptoms of an illness on the Internet.  Besides the fact the Internet can be the Harold Shipman of diagnosis it can in fairness lead you to some brilliant finds.
Last summer NYC Cosmetics launched Blushable Creme Sticks. I was obsessed, to me they basically looked like Nars Multiples but at a fraction of the cost. I Love Nars Multiples, they are soft and pigmented creme blushes in a stick that are convenient to use and leave the prettiest colour but since they are about €42.00 each I wouldn't be rushing out every week to buy one. NYC Blushable Creme Sticks have been raved about on YouTube and on blogs since their release.  They get nothing but good reviews; they are said to be soft and creamy (not like Catrice's version which is lumpy and inconsistent). I was going mad to try them out.  They are always on must have "drug store" lists. Unfortunately they were not released on this side of the Atlantic (why companies do this is beyond me).  Cue pouting by Mags.  I was going to pick them up from Ebay but I resisted (but still browsed Ebay frequently for them).  This however is not a sad story as I recently discovered that NYC are launching the Creme Sticks in Ireland and the UK. To make this news even better NYC cosmetics are all under a fiver (A FIVER I shout).     The Blushable Creme Sticks will be released in or around October and I am excited (are we there yet? are we there yet?) I wish NYC could have released these for the summer (ahem cause we have had a wonderful summer) because they will be perfect for the summer.

The shade I really want to try is called Plaza Pink isn't it pretty.
Plaza Pink

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