Friday, August 21, 2015

Rimmel Nude Collection by Kate Moss

I have to hold my hands up I'm not one of those girls who obsess over Kate Moss and what she is wearing.  Mostly cause I'm curvy and she is slim and I know I cant pull off the clothes she does.  Kate undoubtedly has amazing style and is the setter of countless trends.

Kate's latest collection for Rimmel is the Nude Collection*.  I not generally a fan of nude lip products but I am absolutely loving these two shades that Kate has created with Rimmel.  Kate is the queen of the sexy smoky eye and nothing complements that better than a nude lip. 

 A lot of nude lipsticks can be a little too "nude" and quite difficult to pick one to compliment your skin tone.  The two shades of Lasting Finish created by Kate with Rimmel are universally flattering. 

  The shade 43 is a classic nude shade - almost skin colour- instead of it washing out my face like a lot of nudes do this looks lovely.  The shade 45 is a pinker mauve nude and again universally flattering.  I really like Rimmel lipsticks they are moisturising on the lips and feel a lot more expensive than they are.  There is a scent of sweet sweets from the lipstick, some people might find this scent a little too much (I have one friend who will only wear unscented lip products) but I find I only notice it when I apply the lipstick.

 To the left No 43 and to the right No 45.

 In addition to the lipsticks Rimmel have launched Lasting Finish Nude Foundation which is a long lasting foundation with a lightweight feel.  I have to be honest I am really impressed with this foundation.  It has beautiful coverage and doesn't feel heavy on the skin, doesn't cake after a long day and stays looking beautiful.  Rimmel why didn't you tell me you made AWESOME foundations.  I am usually strictly high end with my foundations but I am very impressed with Lasting Finish Nude and have been using it all the time.

 Nude Collection No 43

 No 43.
No 45

 Kate and Rimmel have created a cracking duo of nude lipsticks (each cost €6.99) and the Lasting Finish Nude Foundation (€10.29) is a real discovery to me.  For me the absolute star of the show and a product that I cant recommend enough is the lipstick in the shade 45.  It is such a flattering shade and I have had so many complements when wearing it.  I was asked by 2 different beauty lovers who know their makeup (one another blogger) what lipstick was I wearing and both asked me if it was Charlotte Tilbury. This is very interesting, as you probably know Kate Moss and Charlotte Tilbury have been friends for over 20 years and Charlotte does Kate's makeup a lot of the time.  Kate is a muse for Charlotte (Charlotte has even created a lipstick for Kate and named it after her).   It makes total sense that a lipstick created by Kate (who inspires Charlotte) would resemble a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and in my opinion the Rimmel offering is a lot creamier and feels nicer on the lips that Charlotte Tilburys lipsticks (controversial I know).  If your looking to purchase a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick save yourself a small fortune and pick up Rimmel No 45.

My advice would be to pick up Lasting Finish Lipstick shade 45 - you will not regret it. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Benefit Full Color - They're Real Mascara and Push Up Liner

Oh Benefit you are a cheeky brand which have such a big place in my heart.  Benefit are one of those brands that have phenomenal packaging but they definitely don't depend on pretty packaging, whats on the inside really counts and Benefit prove it.  Benefit are a brand that could be written off as a young persons brand (the packaging, the cheeky names) but the brand has been around since the 70ies and I happen to know an 80 year old who is a huge fan of Gimme Brow (is an excellent product for those with sparse and gray brows).  They're Real Mascara is Ireland's best selling mascara, so how do you improve on perfection?  Difficult but not impossible.... create a range of colours. 

They're Real is Ireland's favourite mascara for a reason - it creates long, dramatic lashes, you might not ask your friend "Are they Real?" but you will definitely ask them "What Mascara are you Using?". 
I was a little nervous when I heard Benefit would be launching coloured mascara.  You hear coloured mascara and you think 1980ies madness but Benefit are a clever bunch.
Beyond Brown* - oh brown mascara, your the sensible shoes of the makeup word.  Nobody really wants to admit wearing them but everybody has to at some stage.  Brown Mascara like sensible shoes just doesn't sound sexy, but a girl cant survive on "fu*k me" shoes.  There is something very wearable and flattering about Beyond Brown especially to lighter haired gals.  It has all the lengthing punch of they're real but is softer, natural and flattering.  I find it much easier to make the most out of They're Real Beyond Brown than the classic black, I don't have many lashes so black can be a little harsh looking on my small eyes.  My eyes have been loving Beyond Brown, the colour is natural and flattering but with all the lenght we love from They're Real.
Beyond Blue* is exactly that BLUE.  Have you ever tried a coloured mascara only for a slight amount to come off on the tips of your very disappointing.  Beyond Blue is a powerful mascara which cotes the lashes in a bright blue shade. If your thinking blue is a little scary lets remember that blue whitens white so Beyond Blue makes the whites of your eyes gleam.  If your slightly intimidated by using such a bright colour you can mix Beyond Blue with They're Real black to create a navy shade which is more wearable to most people while still brightening your eyes. 

They're Real Push Up Liner takes the hassle out of lining the lids.  It is like using a pen on your lid which you lean against your lashes to create a perfect line.  Its quite easy to use but does require you to practice.  If you cant line your eyes They're Real is not going to magically fix that.   Remember to simply follow the lash line.  Benefit's makeup artist recommended to me to take your time and work in sections, even the pros don't line the lids in one simple swoop (we have all watched too many You Tube Videos which make us think we all should be a Pixiwoo sister).  

Push Up Liners have a small stopper I would recommend keeping these (this can get a little messy after a few uses) as it will prevent the product from drying out.  When you first use the liner you need to click up the product.  I also recommend clicking and wiping when you go to use the liner again - its a gel liner and gel can dry out so giving a quick wipe clean will ensure fresh product and help you create a better line.  Whats great about They're Real liner is you need one click of product per eye.  Like any liner there are some days I use it and create a perfect line and there are others when I make a complete balls of it.  I try and keep my line close to the eye and as I have quite small eyes I cant do a cat flick (it gets hidden by my eye lid). 

The Shades (Beyond Brown, Beyond Blue, Beyond Purple, Beyond Green) are classy and classic jewel toned which look very natural against the eye, enhancing rather than overpowering the eyes natural colour.  I haven't included pictures of the liner on my eyes - as I said I have small eyes so it was quite hard to make out each of the colours.  The liners naturally enhance the eyes without shouting "Oi look I'm GREEN EYELINER, GREEN EYELINER this one thinks she is down with the kids wearing her GREEN EYELINER".  The colours simply enhance the eyes and your eye colour, the brown being a classic and again less harsh than the original black.
I have done big swatches to get an idea of the colour.

You can create a fine, delicate line or a thicker dramatic line.  Remember to try and get as close to the lashes as possible which will create a larger eye.  They're Real also can help you easily create a dramatic cat eye. 

They're Real Mascara costs €26 and They're Real Push Up Liner costs €25.

I would also like to say a massive thank you to Benefit who earlier in the Summer got a bunch of Beauty Bloggers off their Booty to take part in the Colour Run in the Phenoix Park in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. 

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Aqva Divina Bvlgari for women

The Sun might not be shining much in Ireland this summer but I have a new summer fragrance.  I have been wearing the hell out of Aqua Divina Bulgari for Women*.  Aqua Divina was inspired by Botticelli's painting "The Birth of Venus" who doesn't want to dip your toes into that delicious image?

Aqua Divina is described a floral aquatic fragrance.  Its quite different than my normal summer fragrances (like Bronze Goddess) its scent is somewhat more sophisticated than "traditional" summer fragrances.  

Top Notes: Bergamot, Salt, Magnolia
Middle Notes: Magnolia, Quince
Base Notes: Woody Notes, Amber, Beeswax.

The fragrance has a slight masculine feel but is embraced by the feminine scents of Magnolia and Quince, the base note of amber gives a delicate sexy kiss.  This description doesn't scream summer but the salt crystals make you instantly transport you to a golden sandy beach. The bottle looks like a beautiful sea shell which has been washed onto the shore topped off with a glamorous gold lid.  

Bvlgari Aqva Divina has been my scent of the Summer.   Although initially there is a slightly masculine feel to the fragrance, the warmth of the amber and the salt make it unusual and intoxicating. I cant recommend this scent enough, its very different to what I normally favour in a summer scent but I have been loving it.

Aqva Divina Bvlgari for women is out now 25ml €47, 40ml €69 and 65ml €86. Pin It

Monday, August 3, 2015

Oasis sale 70% off

I love Oasis, they have such classic clothes I find it hard to part with any of them. I am somewhat of an Oasis hoarder.  The majority of my wardrobe is from Oasis.  I love their summer clothes because they love a bit of colour.  As much as I would love to be one of those classic dressers I love colour too much.  

The Oasis sale is now up to 70% off.  I have to be honest I can never hold off with the Oasis sale until the 70% off  - the moment the sale goes on Im all over it.  If your lucky you can pick up some fantastic bargains. Some of these items are sold out online but try the shops (or if your absolutely mad for an item you can use the Oasis Seek and Send by using Parcel Motel).  Its a great time to pick up some summer clothes (I am still patiently waiting on Summer to arrive) especially classics from Oasis.

I love jumpsuits - its a whole outfit in one.  The jersey jumpsuits are especially easy to throw on, the look chic but feel like lounge wear.  First up is the Monocrombe Jumpsuit which was €60 and is now reduced to €19.  I picked this up when it was €28 and I get so many complements when I wear it (even with my new mammy belly).
I love these Etched Botanical Shorts which were originally €44 and are now €12.  You can wear these with a simple white top.  Although these are a little loud they will be a classic spring/summer short for years to come.

I am in love with this Etched Botanical Jacket which was originally €88 and is now €15 (FIFTEEN EURO).  I picked this up for €44 and have been wearing it every time I have an occasion.  I love to wear it with all white (white jeans and a white top).   This is an over sized lightweight jacket which livens up my white jeans and keeps you covered. 

Another jumpsuit ?  Yes I have a problem.  This Paisley Jumpsuit has been recently added to the sale and is on my list when I get paid.  Original price €47 now €31. 

This Utility Jumpsuit has been a staple in my wardrobe for some time.  It was part of the Loved by Mollie Range and was continuously sold out.  Original price €69 now €25.  I think khaki is a very flattering colour on Irish skin tones.
 I am a Keds convert.  I have 3 out of the 4 pairs of Keds by Oasis.  These Keds Animal Print Skater should not be on sale they are such a classic design and so comfortable.  They are reduced from €56 to €28.   The Keds have been getting me through this Irish "Summer" and keeping my toes dry. If you see ANY of the Keds by Oasis in your size RUN DON'T WALK to the counter (and if you see the striped pair in a size 5 give me a shout). 
 Ok some of you are going to HATE these.  I LOVE THEM.  I'm not going to lie these Lime Print Shorts are kinda obnoxious but they are undoubtedly fun.  The are reduced from  €44 to €12 and will look at home on any summer holiday.  (I have a longing for the Lime Print Skirt even though I don't really wear skirts).
Have you picked up anything from the Oasis sale?  Oasis clothes make me so happy. Pin It
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