Monday, October 31, 2011

New York Haul

As some of you may know, I was in The Big Apple for a few days earlier this month. I think I was unbelievably restrained on the shopping front - I actually still can't get over myself  - obviously getting sickeningly sensible. Anyway, one of my favourite things to Google/search YouTube and blogs for every so often is 'New York Haul', so I thought I'd add my own to the mix. So I present, such as it is, my New York 'Haul' :)

  • 1. I bought five nail polishes. Five! You're getting an idea of the restraint and sensible-ness. From left to right we have Chanel Graphite, OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air and Rainbow Connection (swatches here), Orly Oh Cabana Boy (I have a mini size of this and it is an amazing colour - NOTD here) and Revlon Starry Pink. I searched every single drugstore I went into - about 94 of them - for Revlon Carbonite which is supposed to be a decent dupe of Chanel Graphite but it was no where to be found, so just had to put myself out of my misery and get the real thing. 
  • 2. This is the extent of my Sephora purchases. I know! Duo Lash Adhesive, Urban Decay Primer Potion and Tarte's Amazonian Clay Long-Wear Blush (love this - the blusher is the colour of the compact).
  • 3. During my extensive perusal of the drugstores, I came across these two toothpastes - Colgate Optic White and Crest 3D White which claim to have the same whitening ingredients as their whitening strips. In Ricky's I found Mane and Tail Shampoo, the horse shampoo which is supposed to be amazing for us humans too. Mags tells me that Jennifer Aniston uses it, so that's good enough for me. I also picked up an NYC Cosmetics Blushable Cream Stick in 'Plaza Pink'. I love this and happily, these are now available in Ireland too, at NYC stands in chemists and Penneys. 
  • 4. In Kiehl's I picked up some Ultra Facial Cleanser and Moisturiser - basics, but both amazing products.
  • 5. You can't go to America without coming home with new t-shirts and here's my little haul from American Eagle and Victoria's Secret, along with my VS water bottle which I <3, even if it is quite hard to drink out of cause it's not squeezy (cue me tipping half a bottle of water down my top).
  • 6. I also find that I can't go to America without coming home with a new pair of Uggs! They're so unbelievably expensive here that I just wouldn't buy them so it makes sense to get them over there. These are my new babies - classic shorts in navy. I did originally want these ones, Sundance IIs but they just didn't suit me.
When we got home, my friend sent me the link to this picture. Lucky escape is all I can say. But I love Uggs and live in them for half the winter - no apologies!
  • 7. These sparkly Converse were $20 in the Converse outlet in Woodbury Common - couldn't pass them up. By the way, I was SO disappointed in the CCO in Woodbury Common - I had planned on getting loads there but their stock was rubbish and what they did have seemed like it had been there for years. Bah to that - the Belfast one is much better. 
  • 8. A new bag was on my shopping list, I wanted something decent but not too $$$ and this pewter number from Coach (Woodbury Common outlet) fit the bill perfectly. The colour goes with everything and it's big enough to hold all the crap essentials I lug around all day. 
  • 9. Perhaps my favourite thing I bought is this Michelle Obama shopping bag. Totally kitsch but in a good way!
  • 10. Then, to reward myself for not spending too much money, I went and spent money in Tiffany, on this :-) 

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Laura Mercier - Classic Chic Colour Collection

Myself and Laura Mercier are a bit of an odd couple. The brand is classy, chic and mature and well I am the opposite of all those things but I strive to become at least one of them (my laughter lines indicate maturity may be the winner or maybe it's just the lines that are a winner). While I was recently in Belfast I picked up the Classic Chic Colour Collection by Laura Mercier at Space NK (link here) .  I love to pick up Laura Mercier sets as they are great value and often include some rather brilliant brushes.  I find Laura Mercier products too spendy. €27.00 for a lip gloss?? So when a set comes along I grab it.  This set costs £55.00  
Classic Chic Colour Collection includes:
Eye Colour Palette: buff, guava, sable, black smoke
Double-Ended Ponytail/Smudge Brush
Mini Cheek Colour Brush
Cheek Colour: plum radiance
Lip Glace: raspberry
Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara
Mini Foundation Primer 
(that is a full size lip gloss and full size mascara)
I Love Laura Mercier brushes. They are great quality (really soft) even though they are mini sizes (take note MAC) and this set has your whole face (besides foundation) covered.  You can always depend on Laura Mercier products to be good quality and the set is no different.  The lip gloss (yes those with the extortionate €27.00 price tag) are my favourite lip glosses - they are creamy, moisturising and non sticky and taste brilliant.
As you can see the colours are chic and classic (says exactly what is says on the box ehh Laura) they are universally flattering and I happen to think the cheek colour is perfection.
Laura Mercier also has some Christmas palettes that are now available but I shall try and be a good girl.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

More Muppets - Wocka Wocka! Designer Better!

I love the Muppets they just make me happy and put a smile on my face so when I saw that Sile had gotten a few of the Muppets OPI Collection (check it out here)  like a lemming I had to jump on the bandwagon.  I picked up the set of Minis which includes Wocka Wocka! (best name ever), Excuse Moi!, Designer Better! and Warm & Fozzie.
My favourite was Designer Better! it is a beautiful shimmery glittery polish but it differs from the others in the collection as the shimmer/glitter is not chunky and the polish feels smooth on the nail.  The colour to me is a Silver Gold (like Rose Gold but ehhh Silver if you know what I mean) Its silvery with a warm pink to it.  (These may not be the best NOTD as there may be the odd piece of glitter underneath from my last polish).

For your viewing pleasure I have decided that since I love Wocka Wocka! (although in reality I prefer the name to the colour) to show you my toes where it is currently residing.
I think Warm and Fozzie will be next on my nails.  Will you join me in becoming a Muppet?
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

OPI Muppets Collection Swatches

I don't know about you but a new OPI collection gets me much more excited than a new MAC collection these days. When I heard they were doing a Muppets collection, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them, especially since there were so many glitters included. Plus, who wouldn't want nail polish inspired by that epitome of beauty and feminine charm, Miss Piggy? Not moi, that's for sure. 

Pic via OPI's Facebook page Top row L-R: Animal-istic, Meep-Meep-Meep, Wocka Wocka, Pepes Purple Passion, Designers De Better, Warm and Fozzie, Bottom Row L-R: Rainbow Connection, Excuse Moi, Gone Gonzo, Fresh Frog of Bel Air, Divine Swine and Gettin' Miss Piggy With it.

So far, I have picked up two of these polishes, Rainbow Connection and Fresh Frog of Bel Air and am definitely planning on getting my trotters on Excuse Moi and Divine Swine as well. Much as I hate applying and removing glitter polishes, I still love them. To the swatches... I must apologise for the photo quality first of all - with the awful dull weather we're having, I'm struggling to take decent shots. So, eh, you can probably expect rubbish photos from me for the next few months :-) 

L-R Fresh Frog of Bel Air & Rainbow Connection

Fresh Frog of Bel Air is green micro glitter with large pieces of silver glitter. The above photo is three coats. If I'm honest I'm not mad about this on its own BUT when I originally swatched it, I tried it on over the Rock Royalty Shellac I was wearing and it looked deadly so I think one coat of this over a black or dark green polish would look really good - will try that for a NOTD this week.

Rainbow Connection - one coat

Rainbow Connection - three coats
Rainbow Connection is exactly what it says on the bottle - rainbow glitter! It contains multi-coloured and mult-sized pieces of glitter. I LOVE this! I like it just as much with one coat of polish as with three. You could add a fourth coat to make it fully opaque. I found when I was applying this that I had to move it around the nail a bit to get even distribution of the large pieces of glitter. Despite all the glitter, it feels surprisingly smooth on the nails, but a top coat could be added to smooth it out a bit more. I usually don't use top coats with glitter as I find they dull the finish a bit. 

The OPI Muppets Collection is available from Sally's on Drury Street in Dublin, as well as the usual online sources. Have you tried anything from this collection yet?
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner and Super Saturated Lip Colour

I am nothing if not consistent, if you read my post on Urban Decays 24/7 Liquid Liner and Super Saturated Lip Colour  you will probably have gathered that I quite like them and when I like something I want more (yes in a very bratty Veruca Salt kinda way) so when I was recently in Belfast I picked up the 24/7 Liquid Liner in Retrograde and the Super Saturated Lip Colour in Punch Drunk.

I had my eye on Retrograde from my last visit to Urban Decay - it's a shimmery complex purple. Again the brush is tiny, allowing for precise lining.  For some reason to me this colour is the definition of Urban Decay: strong, sparkly and with a bit of edge to it.  Punch Drunk is orange, now I know a lot of people would cringe at a strong pigmented orange but I love it. I love that you can draw on a precise lip with this product (basically line your lips and colour them in).  My only gripe is that sometimes the lid can come off in your makeup bag and there goes your really precise tip.

Urban Decay's 24/7 Liquid Liners are €19.00 each and the Super Saturated Lip Colours are also €19.00 each.  Would you venture out with an orange lip? 
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

NOTD 17 Blue Magnetic Nail Polish

As marketing geniuses seem to know, I am a sucker for a gimmick so when I saw that Nails Inc had magnetic nail polish I had to try it on when I saw it in House of Fraser Belfast a couple of weeks ago.  Nails Inc tell you to apply a coat of the nail varnish, let it dry then apply another coat and put the magnet on top of the nail.  Voila, a cool wave was on my nails. Although I liked the effect the polish was £15.00 and I had already spent a small fortune.  Since I am not great at nail art this lingered in my brain.

As you probably know everybody and their mother is now launching magnetic nail polish so I thought that I would give 17's recession friendly version a go.  I picked up the colour Blue. There are about 6 different shades altogether. When I got this I applied it the same way as Nails Inc instructed......nothing happened, not a ripple.  I was so disappointed until I read the side of the bottle where it says to apply one layer and then apply magnet (doh).  So I followed the instructions (properly) and here is the effect.

Not bad for about €7.00. My very shaky hand meant that I managed to get some polish on the magnet (double doh).  I think this gives you the magnetic effect at a budget price but be warned this does not last long at all, it chips fairly quickly even with a topcoat it lasts maybe a day or two.

If I am being honest I picked up 17's magnetic polish cause they have a special offer on at the moment, if you buy two products you get this brill little kit free (the kit includes a eyeshadow, liquid liner and lip gloss along with a money off voucher).  So will you be leaving the magnetic polish or picking one up?
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

I LOVE - The Mothership - Georgeous To Go

Since this is still "I LOVE" week I thought I would share some of my love for otherwise known as The Mothership.  As you all should know have been supplying us beauty addicts with up to the moment beauty information on a daily basis but once again they have released a new book that is not only filled with bloody brilliant information but the geniuses have made it handbag sized - it's called Gorgeous to Go.
I toddled along to the launch of Gorgeous to Go last Saturday in the Luxury Hall of Brown Thomas (swit swoo) and was delighted to see that it was jammers, the beauty mad were literally out the door.   The book was officially launched by Karen Koster but the crowds were there for the McDermott sisters.  The atmosphere was truly amazing.  The credit for the atmosphere has to go They have created such a wonderful community, a true sisterhood. One of the wonderful things about Gorgeous to Go (and in general) is that it's not aimed at a certain age, people of all ages can enjoy and learn from it. The ladies are well aware that it's not only models that wear makeup and this warm community that created spread throughout Brown Thomas Luxury Hall as women in line chatted (default conversation  - makeup of course :-)) and examined beauty purchases and makeup bags.  It was a happy exciting atmosphere (all except for the man from Cartier who looked at the huddled beauty masses with horror... I found this hilarious not only that we have Cartier in Dublin but poor Mr. Cartier's expression... we were sweating near Cartier after all).  I got to chat to a good few fellow bloggers as well as some lovely followers some of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting before.  I had time for a quick hello to Kirstie (that is all I can manage before turning into a Beiber type squealing fan  "SHE KNOWS MY NAME AHHHHHHH")
A blurry little shot of my iPhone on top of Gorgeous to Go, to give you an idea of the size.  Honestly who needs an iPhone with Gorgeous to Go in your handbag?  We all trust because they have access to the best and worst products out there and let us know which to run out and purchase and which to avoid.  They will tell us if the cream that cost a fiver is better than the one for a hundred euro, and one of my favourite things about them is their quest to seek fair euro pricing.

Gorgeous to Go is a nifty little must have, it reviews products and shows price rating from € (cheap as chips) to €€€€€ (call the credit union for a cosmetics related loan). 

So far this week Gorgeous to Go has resulted in me being ignored at lunch (by my friend who was looking for a new eye makeup remover) and my mother finally abandoning makeup wipes for actual cleanser (who knows, she may start to use moisturiser next). 


My absolute favourite thing about the girls is they are not afraid to take the micky out of themselves and.....they make me snort laughing daily and really what is more beautiful than that?

Gorgeous to Go (R.R.P €12.99) is available in shops nationwide from 14th Oct (so what are you doing still reading this?)
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I Love NOTD Jessica King Tuts Gem & Essie Aruba Blue

I Love (I'll be at this all week) my current NOTD. I picked up both Jessica's King Tuts Gem and Essie's Aruba Blue at Professional Beauty Dublin 2011 which I attended with Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits and Dee from Viva Adonis.  (Attended makes it sound like we were very formal whereas in reality we were messing and gossiping and melting into puddles cause it was so warm). 

The Jessica Polishes were two for a tenner and Essie was €5.95. These are topped off with Seche Vite which was only €5.50 a bottle.  What do you think?
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Monday, October 10, 2011

I Love.... Stila Prime Pot in Taffy

The lovely Sile is off in New York this week, have I told you how much I love New York? Well I do. I have tons of brilliant memories from my many trips to New York over the years (all of which include Redser the half). I decided I could do one of two things this week I could (a) sit around like a begrudger and moan all week about the fact that I am not in New York or (b) think of all the things that I Love that I can enjoy right now.  First up is Stila's Prime Pot in Taffy.  This is a simple product that I have been using every day (as can be seen in the dent I have made).
The product itself is smooth and creamy and instantly opaque.  I love that this is skin colour/a little lighter than skin colour so it covers up any redness or colour on the lids (there is also a darker shade called Caramel).  Taffy makes your shadow stay put (unless you apply too much primer then it can crease in the lines).  Taffy simply does what it's supposed to do, I have various eye primer options from MAC, Too Faced, Urban Decay and Laura Mercer (which you can read about here) but I reach for Taffy.
Taffy costs €17.00 and is available from Boots Liffey Valley (the happiest place on earth) HQ Hair and ASOS.
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Shellac Rock Royalty & a bit of a Nails Ramble

So I am off to New York in the morning, and I wanted to have nice care-free nails while I'm there, and I also had a City Deal voucher that needed to be used up so I toddled off and got Shellac-ed (Shellacked?) again during the week. I went for Rock Royalty, a deep purple - I'd go with a nice autumnal colour, I thought, but turns out its gonna be scorchio in NYC, over the weekend at least :-) 

It's a lovely colour and all, and I was happy with the manicure at first but when I got on the Luas and inspected it in decent light, turns out it was shocking. Exhibit A: 

The polish on three of the nails on my right hand was kind of puckered, causing it to lift up off the nail, and then of course chip off. I suspect this was something to do with the lamp - both hands were done with different lamps. I won't name and shame the salon as I've had a good manicure in there before. I suppose I should have gone back and complained and asked for it to be fixed, but I just didn't have time to go back into town this week, so I went and got the three nails redone in a local nail place today - couldn't be going around NY with crappy nails! 

So anyway, even before this, I was thinking I have to quit my Shellac habit - I own an obscene amount of nail polish and it's pretty much getting ignored lately. So I'm gonna try and get my nails into some kind of decent condition so I'm not so tempted by Shellac. To this end, I purchased a bottle of Nailtiques Forumla 2 nail treatment to start using once I'm done with this manicure. Is there anything else you would recommend? My major problem is peeling. 

Also is there anything that I MUST buy in New York?! I'm trying to limit my cosmetic spending to stuff that you can't get here, or that is way cheaper there - suggestions welcome! 
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