Monday, July 29, 2013

Weekend Away Beauty

Last weekend I had a lovely little weekend away in Belfast to see The Boss (Warning:  When you see Bruce Springsteen live, it will change your life).  It was a quick trip but I tried to get a bit of shopping done but was very sad to see that the CCO in Junction One had closed (so had the Oasis Outlet in Banbridge).  I didn't pick up that much but I thought I would show you what makeup I brought with me. 

When I go away I like to travel light even when it comes to makeup, and the perfect little set for a holiday or weekend trip is Benefit's The Bronze of Champions (we have a post on it here). This little kit has all you need for a complete face including a cream eye shadow, an eye shadow, bronzer, highlighter, the award winning They're Real mascara and a lip gloss (which I had in my pocket).  It creates a beautiful natural looking glowing face in a couple of easy steps, which is exactly what you want when you're on holidays.

Skincare was going to be quick and simple - I grabbed some Johnson's face wipes (which doubled up as a quick refresher when we were on the road).  Although I don't normally use facial wipes they are grand for a weekend away.  Moisturiser was a sample size of Stila's new moisturiser which is a lovely cream/gel consistency.  As you can see I was going for quick and easy.

Continuing with the easy theme, for my foundation I used Clarins BB Cream* (in shade 2). When I got this earlier in the year it was a little too dark for me but since we have had a couple of weeks of sun it's a much better fit.  I am not a fan of BB Creams but this is the nicest that I have tried especially when I mix in a tiny bit of Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer In Golden Beige it leaves the skin looking radiant and an added bonus is it has a SPF 25.  To cover up my dark circles I use Benefit Fakeup* which I use every day - it's perfect coverage for me.

We stayed in the Europa Hotel which is a great hotel with friendly staff and a rubber duck to greet you in your room,  because of the concert we found it hard to get a room in Belfast but managed to get a bargain using the site Travago which seemed to have rooms in hotels that were already booked out. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stila After Glow Lip Color - Festival of Color 2013

When you think of a festival goer you think of Kate Moss in her short shorts looking all cool and bohemian with Hunter wellies and a carefree attitude.  I am not that festival goer, in fact anybody who has stood in a field in Kildare being drenched with rain until your fingers turned to raisins knows that you need to be a little more prepared than that.  Your wellies are more likely from Penneys/Primark, you need a cross body bag with a pack a mac and baby wipes and hand sanitizer and Vicks to put up your nose when the porta loos get too "festive", you also need makeup that won't run down your face while bands are singing about sunny days. In other words you need to be prepared - Stila have created a great lip product that will suit the festival goer like me but also suit the cool Kate Moss types, and they are the After Glow Lip Colors.  

As you can see these are lip pencils - a lot of brands have done a similar format and I think they are brilliant. Precise enough to act as a lip liner as well as a lip colour and no need to sharpen which wastes so much product (who wants to buy an expensive lip pencil only to waste half of it sharpening it?).  There is a reason so many brands are producing lip products in this format - they are easy to use and apply (kinda fool proof) and can be popped in your pocket (festival perfection right there).  Where Stila have made things interesting this summer they have created a range of 6 buildable colours except they 
"contains fluorescent pigments that are three times brighter than conventional colours, creating a dazzling pop of colour in the sunlight. Once the sun goes down, special light-sensitive pigments cause the lip colour to glow when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light".  
So that basically means the lip sticks are brighter in sunlight WOO HOO and they glow under UV light (which if I'm being honest I don't really find myself under a lot -or any- UV light but it's a cool concept and imagine if you were to draw on each other with the lip colour if you had artistic tendencies).

Of course it's Stila so they have jam packed the lip color with great properties for your lips including vitamins C & E for antioxidant benefits, glycerin which attracts water from the air to increase hydration (very fancy), algae, sunflower seed oil to moisturise and oat kernel extract to sooth the lips. 

This is one swipe of Tangerine Dream - as you can see it is an orange/red.  It's bright and perfect for those who want to try a bright lippy - the fact that these get brighter in the sun makes it almost 2 lippies in 1.  I adore this shade.

The other colour I picked up is Electric Pink and it's just that - a bright vibrant pink - which gets brighter in the sun.

While you would think Electric Pink is just my kinda colour (it is and in fact was the first color I gravitated towards and the first colour I bought), my favourite is Tangerine Dream.  There is something about how flattering Tangerine Dream is on the lips that has made me fall in love.  I have been wearing it non stop since I got it (in fact it seems to have gone into the lipstick protection programme in one of my bags or pockets, it's trying to tell me to wear something else and give Tangerine Dream a rest - I am getting a little worried about it at this stage, I may have to do a tangerine alert).

Stila After Glow Lip Color costs €14.00  or £12.00 - Although you know I love Stila in a slightly unhealthy way I am so happy that they are not robbing the Euro customers, there are so many brands that seem to pluck a euro price from the air and I find it really off putting.  I love that Stila allow you to buy flipping fantastic beauty without having to refinance your mortgage.

You can buy Stila from, Harvey Nicks Dundrum and Cara Pharmacy Sligo with new locations soon to open.
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Toni & Guy ‘50-50’ Charity Campaign - Charity begins with Good Hair

Did you know Toni & Guy have been around for 50 years?  I didn't. I also didn't know that they have been in Ireland for 20 years.  To Celebrate they are running a great charity event on the 28th July.  

The name of the event is 50 - 50 and what it basically means for you is you can get a Toni & Guy haircut for €50 and 50% off all colour.  The even better news is the event is for charity and all the money generated on the day will go to the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society.  Toni and Guy hope to raise €50,000 this year. Imagine doing a good deed and ending up with good hair.  Sure what more would you want?

You have to book an appointment and I would imagine that appointments for this will book out fast.  For more information about the event and to look at the participating salons log onto  So to feel good and look good take part in Toni & Guy's 50 -50 Charity Event.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer Skin

The sun is shining and I feel like singing cheesy 80s summer hits to celebrate.  While the sun is shining I have become a little more obsessed with my skin which is usually covered and cloaked.   We are of course assuming at this point that you are all using a sun protector of some sort and not burning yourself.  During the summer or on holidays I wear very little makeup but I do like to look after my skin and these are a few of my favourite things (sing it with me) I love to use to refresh my skin.

The other day I was feeling hot and sticky in work when a woman said "You smell lovely" hmm I don't really like to wear perfume in the heat (I broke out from the heat and perfume years ago)  so the only thing I could have smelled of was my Shower Gel which was Roger and Gallet Stimulating Fresh Shower Gel in Gingembre.  Now as you know I love the fragrance Gingembre which is not a heady Christmas scent that the word ginger puts into your head.  R & G's fresh shower gel is beautifully refreshing and the gel is cooling on the skin leaving a light delicate reminder of Gingembre. The shower gel leaves you refreshed and feeling clean all day which is exactly what you want when the sun is shining.  The Gel uses Glycerin to soften, coco betaine to cleanse and Aloe Vera and Shea Butter to Moisturise without any Sulphates,  Parabens, Colourants or Soap.

For the last couple of months I have been loving Roger & Gallet Lait Des Bienfaits (€14.75)* which is a light and refreshing moisturiser which promises it offers 24 hours hydration and guess what?  It actually does.  I adore the fresh scent of Blood Orange, Violet Leaves and Ceadarwood which leaves the skin feeling and smelling bright and fresh and clean.  The fluid is light and quickly absorbed but it offers as much hydration as a body butter but without the stickiness.  The lotion has five red berries which offer antioxidant benefits, aloe Vera which is hydrating and soothing (brilliant if you have gotten a little sun), Kiwi extract which hydrates the skins cells and ginseng which stimulates the cells and helps to tone the skin.  I adore this lotion. On a regular old Irish day it quickly absorbs which is great for your shower before work and the scent is delicious but not overpowering or too strong to wear with your fragrance.  My rule for summer skin is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. 

Want to add a bit of glitz to your shoulders? The Body Shop Shimmering Dry Oil in Golden Honey* is the perfect product.  The dry oil hydrates the skin while a delicate Golden Honey shimmer is left behind.  A little of this dry oil goes a very long way so it will last you the summer and beyond.  It has a light fragrance and if you don't have a tan it looks fab and warms up the skin - if you do have a tan its AMAZING but still subtle enough that Disco Stew wont be asking you to join him in a Disco boogie.

You can probably tell that I have a bit of a theme going on fragrance wise in the heat.  I don't want to smell like Dublin Duty Free, I want light refreshing scents and besides my body lotion and shower gel I rarely use a perfume except for a very light one or Roger & Gallet Fragranced Waters which have taken up permanent residency in my handbag at this stage (I adore the travel size bottles).

Finally to refresh the skin we have two gems first up is the rather pricey Filorga Anti Ageing Mist*, if mists were to get an award this would get five stars - it delivers such a fine mist and the bottle keeps it refreshing even on the warmest days.  Finally a day in the sun - or a day in generally - wouldn't be complete with out La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.  I love to pop it in the fridge on a warm day and its the next best thing to jumping into a pool. Instant refreshment in an affordable bottle.

What are you doing to keep your cool during the heat wave? 
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Versace Eros - Let's hear it for the Boys

It's hot out - sure it's like we are in a far flung place, the only thing that is going to drag us back down to earth is the inability of Irish men to dress for the sun.  Yes I'm making a massive generalisation but it's OK there is a way to redeem the socks and sandals situation and that is for our beautiful Irish men to smell so divine we forget all about the farmer tan lines and to help us out we have Versace Eros.

It has taken 5 years for Eros to be perfected by Donatella and after all Eros is the Greek God of love and you cant be making a mistake on something like the God of Love.  She has created a scent that quite frankly is so tasty and delicious I would wear it myself. In fact part of me really wants a female version of this scent (Aphrodite I suppose).

"I designed my new fragrance Eros for a man who is both heroic and passionate, like a Greek God.  Eros is a scent which depicts and emphasises power and sensuality"     Donatella Versace

The bottle instantly reminds me of a Greek island, it's the colour of the sea and its scent could only be worn by a Greek God or perhaps an Irish one.  The bottle is like the translucent waters off Zakynthos with delicate gold detailing although the shape of the bottle is sturdy and simple.

Top notes of Mint Oil, Lemon Italy Orpur and Green Apple offer a fresh and delicious opening while middle notes of Tonka Bean, Ambroxan and Gerenium Flower warm up the fragrance.  Base notes of Vanilla, Vetyver, Oak Moss Accord and Ceadarwood finish the scent resulting in a fragrance which makes you want to lie your head against the Greek/Irish God's chest and breath in deeply.  For me the fragrance is bright and reminiscent of summer but I'm not sure if that's just because Greece reminds me of summer (and the perhaps the friendliest people I have met on my travels).

Just in case we we are not hot enough I'll show you Eros in all his glory - enjoy.

And yes Eros smells as good as he looks 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser

Don't ask me why there's a picture above of this product nestled in some vegetation. It was sunny, I was out on my balcony taking some photos and I got a bit, eh, creative. Then I turned to my right and saw my neighbour sitting on her sun lounger looking at me. Ah, hiya. 

Anyway, to the matter in hand. Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser* is essentially a conditioner for your skin. You apply this after washing with your usual soap or shower gel, leave it on for a minute or so and then rinse it off and you're left with soft and moisturised skin. I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and have been foregoing all other body lotions in that time, I just don't feel the need for them. In winter, I would imagine that I might need something a bit more heavy duty but for summer skin, this is perfect. I have the normal skin version, but there is one available for dry skin which I bought for my Mam, and she loves it too. 

To be honest, I can't imagine that anyone wouldn't like this or find a use for it. It's great for busy people who just don't have time for regular full-on moisturising, brilliant for the gym and for people who shower more than usual due to sport or work. If you hate hanging around waiting for body lotions to sink in before getting dressed/going to bed, try this. 

It smells like the original Nivea moisturiser - clean and fresh. I love this and definitely recommend giving it a whirl. Available now priced €3.99 for 250ml. 
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Monday, July 8, 2013

June Favourites

This is the first time I've done a monthly favourites (it's usually Mags who does them) and true to form I'm just a tad late, but better late than never eh?! Here are the things I was loving last month. 

1. Roger and Gallet Fresh Fragrant Waters*. I have these in Fleur de Figuier and Bois d'Orange and am never without one in my bag - at 30 ml they're perfect for handbags and for travel. They're so light and refreshing, I'm addicted to spritzing these to freshen up during the day. Especially great in this hot, sticky weather. 

2. Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover.* Hands down the best eye make up remover I have ever tried. A couple of sweeps of this dual phase baby gets rid of the heaviest eye make up, even Benefit's They're Real mascara (and that's sayin' somethin'). No rubbing or scrubbing required. I've nearly used this all up but will definitely repurchase. Worth the €€. 

3. Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning. I've had this for a couple of years now (this is the old packaging) and it makes a reappearance each summer. It's a really lovely fake tan for your face that delivers a very natural yet noticeable colour. If you're wary of using fake tan on your face, give this a whirl. 

4. Jemma Kidd Make Up School Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Crème in 01 'iced gold'. I bought this after hearing Julie raving about it several times. She was not wrong - this is a really gorgeous cream highlighter that melts into the skin giving it a natural looking glow rather than the robo-metallic look that some highlighters unfortunately impart. Sadly Jemma Kidd products are no more but there are still some available online and I have seen this particular product on eBay. You sometimes see Jemma Kidd stuff in TK Maxx too - if you see this definitely snap it up.  

5. Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner in Turquoise. Absolutely loving this for a 'pop of colour' on the eyes. Cringing at that phrase but no other way to put it - this shade is amazing. See it action on Mags here

6. Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in Metallic Marble.* Another product that is brilliant for simple summer eye make up, this product is so versatile. It can be used for a full on smokey eye or a simple line and it's a beautiful, very wearable, shade of bronze-y brown. Karen shows it off to perfection here. This is an ever-present in my make up bag. 

7. Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener. My friend brought this back to me as a pressie from her honeymoon recently and I love love love it. I use it under my eyes over a more heavy duty concealer and it does an excellent job of brightening the area. Also brilliant for touch ups during the day to keep me looking awake. 

8. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes in Palm Treat and Vitamin Sea.* We love Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure range of polishes - the formula is among the best we have tried in terms of ease of application, shine and longevity and these polishes from their summer 'Exotica' collection are no exception. Palm Treat is the green and Vitamin Sea is the gorgeous aqua blue. 

9. Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelée Blush in Tease. Andreea is responsible for creating a bit of a frenzy around this product back in May when she Instagrammed and Tweeted about it. It was from the Spring collection so was already scarce - cue a frantic search of the interwebs and Dublin's Estée Lauder counters before Mags and myself both tracked it down. And thank the make up gods that we did, because this is possibly the most beautiful blush I ever did see, in the pan as well as on the skin. It was almost a shame to use it, almost

What products have you been reaching for most this past month?
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Friday, July 5, 2013

YSL Babydoll Mascara - It's a Rave Review

YSL Babydoll mascara just sits there all chilled out and ladylike.  Its sleek packaging is confident and assured.  The word babydoll in pink, delicately written across its side almost like a whisper, a promise of things to come.  It doesn't have to scream and shout about how wonderful it is,  or have claims of its marvel cluttering up the side of the packaging.  Babydoll knows that once you try it you will be hooked.  You realise that it works and works like a dream.

I am a fan of YSL mascaras - they may be très expensive but man you are guaranteed that you're getting what you pay for.   I had always heard great things about YSL mascaras. My friend who has the best lashes I have ever seen (funnily enough naturally babydoll looking, long, full, fanned out and curled) always said her lashes were down to YSL Faux Cils (although I am sure it helped she has naturally amazing lashes).  Last year I had a love affair with YSL Shocking mascara (that Sile kindly picked me up in the Duty Free).  If you're looking for volume and seriously long lashes with an almost clumpy effect YSL Shocking is where you need to go. I know you're supposed to throw out your mascara after three months (a hard pill to swallow when it's an expensive mascara) but I couldn't make myself throw out my YSL Shocking - relax, I'll put it in the bin now I have Babydoll.

I have the colour N° 2 Brun Enjôleur - which is a brown for all you non French speaking folk out there.  Hold on a minute why am I raving about a brown mascara, the last time I got a brown mascara was in 1996 or perhaps if I accidentally picked up brown instead of my usually blackest black.  No° 2 Brun Enjôleur has been a revelation to me - I am naturally dark blonde/light brown and this shade suits me perfectly. It looks natural and helps my eyes look wide awake and brighter - it's less harsh than black (let's face it, I am never going to naturally have blackest black lashes and blonde hair)  The tips of my lashes can look fair so if the mascara I'm wearing flakes off it can look a bit odd - not Boris Becker odd but like I haven't applied mascara on all my lashes odd.

My before picture is possibly the saddest picture ever - yeah they're my lashes, it doesn't even look like I have any, as you can see they have a habit of clinging together for dear life as if one more bad mascara will cause them to break off and head to the hills.

Here is some bright makeup (just in case you didn't notice the pink shadow and turquoise liner)

The truly beautiful thing for me about Babydoll is how the mascara wears,  for me I found that the mascara lasts amazingly well. It looks pretty much the same at the end of the day as it does when I first apply it - without re applying.  For me a lot of mascaras flake or wear of the outer lashes so it either looks like I have missed a bit or I am shedding.  Babydoll leaves your lashes perfectly fanned and lengthened even after the end of a very rough day with no shedding or flaking.  My perfect example of this was a couple of weeks ago when I went to see Robbie Williams. I applied my make up in the morning, went to work, got lashed on, missed my dinner reservation, got rained on again, ate a single of chips from the steamy wrapper, got lashed on again, then finally I got to see the twinkly eyed Mr. Williams and then home.  You know when you have been rained on so much that your bra and knickers are wet, you look like a drowned lunatic but thanks to Babydoll I was a wide eyed perfectly mascaraed looking lunatic.  After a long damp and soggy day my mascara had stayed perfectly applied on my eyes, no flaking or melting or smudging or abandoning ship. I was shocked, I have never had a mascara look that good and last that well or a normal day let alone a long and wet day.

We have all had mascaras that work well with our eyes - but the fact that Babydoll keeps your lashes look ing like this is the amazing thing.  Babydoll also manages to lengthen, add volume and generally make your lashes look fanned out and amazing but also doesn't leave your lashes crunchy which is a pet hate of mine.  I might be a bit bonkers but I actually think that Babydoll leaves my lashes in better condition - after I take the mascara off they still look great and still fanned out.

Babydoll makes my eyes look wider and brighter and in one sweep, you know those mascaras that make your lashes look good but you need a degree to apply them?  You need to apply with one side of the brush and then wait and apply with the other, say a Hail Mary, do a rain dance and then fan out the lashes with blood, sweat and tears?  Well with YSL Babydoll there is none of that messing-  you apply one coat and you're good to go. 

Although I have shown the mascara here (in many pictures because I am so obsessed with it and I can't quite get over how amazing it makes my lashes look) it has given my lashes a boost of confidence that I have been wearing very little eye makeup lately - usually just a brightening wash of colour to the lids and YSL Babydoll.

The picture above is YSL Babydoll Mascara after a day at work.  See tired eyes but happy lashes.

YSL Babydoll Mascara costs €32.50 which for a mascara deserves a swift intake of breath but it really works and not just for the first five minutes of the day - I am safe and slightly smug in the knowledge that my once crappy non existent lashes look amazing, flawlessly fanned out to perfection all day long and as I mentioned I feel like the formula has been improving the condition of my lashes.   I love that my lashes look amazing but they also look natural looking - you can see I am wearing mascara but not a ton of spiky looking product.   I usually save my Boots points exclusively for YSL products and Babydoll goes straight to the top of my list.  I can't promise I will be repurchasing every 3 months but I will definitely be repurchasing.  YSL Babydoll Mascara has impressed me more than any other mascara my little lashes have tried for a long time.  
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Benefit The Bronze of Champions

I have found the perfect set for summer - oh I know that it's been said before but this little dinky set has knocked my socks off. Good job' cause who needs socks in the summer? (well we might in Ireland but I digress).  The set is called the Bronze of Champions* and it's from Benefit (can't you tell from the nifty packaging). Now, I like Benefit cosmetics but it's been a while since their colour makeup products have wowed me.  I love Fake Up, I use it every day under my eyes and I was always a fan of their boxed powders but it has honestly been a while since I turned to Benefit for something other that foundation or complexion enhancers.

Inside the box that looks like a 50s noir book (all be it one that is set at the beach) there is pretty much everything you need for your face (except foundation). Everything to create the perfect beachy summer face for €37.00.

The set includes 5 products all of which are not full sized but are big enough for a summer of fun.

Hoola Bronzer

Ultra plush lip gloss in Hoola 

Watt's Up! 

Creaseless cream shadow in Bikini-Tini

Long wear powder shadow in Thanks a Latte 

They're Real!  Deluxe mini

Powder brush to go with your Hoola Bronzer.

It has been a long time since I used Hoola, a matt bronzer (it was liberated from my collection by my mam) and if I am being honest I forgot how nice it is. I love that this is a smaller size because I have to admit I am always tempted by the lure of a new bronzing product and I don't think I know anybody who has ever worked their way through a Benefit boxed powder (great if you're looking for a bargain - frustrating if you're a beauty junkie like myself).

The set is laid out with removable inserts so you can use the box again for storage and it also includes instructions on how to apply the makeup (where to apply the highlighter etc).  I love that the kit includes a bronzer and a highlighter cause I have grown a little obsessed with highlighters of late and I think they really finish off a bronzed look. I find bronzer alone, especially powder bronzer, can leave the face looking a little flat. 

The products that have made me fall a little in love with the set is the Creaseless Cream shadow in Bikini-tini and the Long Wear Powder shadow in Thanks a Latte. I am not sure if it's the quality of the products (Benefit have given their colour range a re-jig of late) or the colour combination but together they are perfection - in fact apart they are perfection.  Bikini-tini is a beautifully creamy base which glides over the lids.  It also makes a lovely highlighter.   Depending on the day this can crease on me a little (but I do have oily lids) one swipe over my lid fixes that up in a jiffy.   Thanks a Latte is a beautiful browny taupe - I never thought I would dig such a neutral colour but it's stunning, pigmented and soft and a perfect neutral shade.  It has so much more dimension than a flat brown which makes it so flattering.

On the left Bikini-Tini and on the right Thanks a Latte. 

On the top of my hand you can see a swatch of Hoola (although this is such famous bronzer at this stage you probably all know what it looks like).  Below that On the left Bikini-timo and on the right Thanks a Latte and further right Hoola  lip gloss. 

Ultra Plush lip gloss in Hoola is a grand gloss and nice that it's included to finish the look.  The texture of the gloss is lovely and I have to admit I am a fan of the formulation of Benefit glosses because they feel so nice on the lips although they don't generally have a lot of pigmentation.  As you can see hoola is a sheer nude colour gloss - it feels beautiful on the lips but I wouldn't buy it separately. 

I didn't have Whats Up! in my collection and this dinky mini had made me a fan - the tiny mini lipstick like applicator makes it so simple to basically draw on your face.  Quick and simple highlighting.  The colour is a warm gold (almost rose gold).

For me The Bronze of Champions lets me create a quick, pretty, radiant face - in my eyes the look is of the natural beauty of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, it's all about glowing skin and wide eyes.  It's  like the naked palette but for your whole face.

I always seem to forget something important when I'm taking these pictures (usually it's my brows) but today I forgot the gloss - although I love the feel of hoola gloss I have been applying a brighter lip color on top.

So I haven't mentioned They're Real! - its a really good mascara, this is the first time that I have tried it (Sile is already a massive fan), it creates lovely fanned out long lashes, its only downside is you practically need a power hose to remove it.  If you have crap lashes like me its a joy to wear.

The Bronze of Champions is available now and costs €37.00 - this has recently been my go to every day makeup (I mix it up with a bright liner every other day).  If I was going on holidays I would be happy enough to take this set, my foundation, a bright liner and bright lippy and that's it.  It is sunny day, easy makeup perfection.  When I run out I will definitely pick it up again, although the kit contains just the right amount of product so I think it will last me a while.

Excellent job Benefit, excellent job.
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Monday, July 1, 2013

Quick! Get on the Bloglovin' Bandwagon

I feel like I haven't really taken the news of Google Reader's demise as seriously as I should have as I've been using Bloglovin' to keep track of my favourite blogs for quite some time now anyway. I found it the most useful way of keeping up to date and they also have a very handy app for reading on the go. 

I've seen multiple tweets today warning that there is only one day left to import your blog reading list from Google Reader to Bloglovin' which you can do here. Don't forget to follow us when you get over there!  

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Get some Beauty Sleep with Neal's Yard Remedies

I love bed and I love snoozing. Who doesn't? I'm a bit of a sucker for products that claim to promote sleep - pillow sprays, sleep balms, lavender essential oil - I'm all over that stuff. I don't know if it's the placebo effect or not but I do find that they help me get off to sleep a little easier, not that I need too much help most of the time. (I've even started falling asleep at inappropriate times in chairs/on the settee. Does this mean I'm getting old? If so, it's one aspect of the aging process that I can actually get on board with. I'm so jel of my toddler nephew getting to go for naps during the day - why isn't that a thing for adults?!) 

Neal's Yard Remedies are well known for their botanical ingredients which are grown by the company on their own organic farm. Beauty Sleep Body Butter* and Beauty Sleep Concentrate* contain a blend of essential oils 'renowned for their calming relaxing properties', 'to calm the mind and enhance a restful sleep'. Both products have the same scent and the dominant smell that you get from them is that of frankincense. As Mags noted, it smells like Mass. It's quite intense but not overwhelming. I find it to be a very comforting scent (I find myself regularly just opening the body butter tub and deep breathing it in - the smell, not the body butter), but beware if you're not a lover of strong smells in your beauty products. 

Beauty Sleep Body Butter is absolutely gorgeous. It does a fine job of moisturising but this isn't your typical greasy body butter that takes an age to sink in. It melts into the skin almost instantly meaning you can get into bed without feeling like a greased up turkey and leaving residue all over your pyjamas and bed linen. 

Our skin is supposed to repair itself while we sleep and Beauty Sleep Concentrate aims to assist this natural night time repair process, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is a surprisingly light cream (for a night time product) which is instantly absorbed into the skin. The immediate effect is super soft and not at all greasy skin but I do find that it's not quite moisturising enough for my (increasingly dry) skin. Neal's Yard advise that you can use this cream over a serum if you wish, which is what I've been doing (currently using Kiehl's Midnight Recovery) and the combined effect is brighter, smoother skin come morning time. 

Combine both of these products and you'll be sleeping like a log but if I was to recommend one, it would definitely be the body butter - I LOVE it. 

Neal's Yard Remedies have recently entered the Irish market and the products are sold through direct selling. You can contact them through their Irish website to locate a consultant and I believe you will shortly be able to shop online with them as well. If you're across the pond in the UK they have plenty of physical shops there too (please open one here NYR!). 

Do you have any special sleep-inducing bed time beauty rituals? 

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