Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Rimmel London: Rock and Roll Lips and Eyes

Rimmel London: A staple that most girls cut their makeup teeth on, and even though I am no longer a girl, I still find myself browsing the Rimmel London stand and being mightily impressed with what they are producing. And at very very reasonable price points you can't go wrong if you pick up multiples of products you like. The Rimmel London Colour Rush Balm and the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks are pretty awesome.

I picked up these Colour Rush Balms in February 2014, I can't remember what I paid for them, but I do know that they are generally on offer (currently buy one get one half price at www.boots.ie ) and cost €7.99 at full price. Super comfortable colour, these are twist-up lip crayons with lovely hydrating lip balm formula and medium pigmentation. Its no lipstick, but its still gives good glossy colour.


I picked up Keep Mauving and Drive Me Nude hoping to have two different colours, and they are different colours in the bullet and when swatched. After 20 minutes on my lips these change colour though. Any notion of the original colour is gone and I'm left with a pink line around the outside of my lips. I don't mind it too much, but I do need to factor this in if I am planning on wearing these and make sure I have them close at hand at all times.


Thankfully they don't dry lips out (as some of the previous lip crayons may have) and won't catch in dry patches on lips either. Re-application of these two colours is easy peasy on the go, just smoosh it onto lips, moosh said lips together and go. Smoosh. Moosh Go.

Top: Keep Mauving,         Bottom : Drive Me Nude

These Rimmel London ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks are not new, but they are awesome. €5.99 is the damage for a single pencil but its soooo worth it. Technically I didn't buy these, I won them from the wonderfully gorgeous Hayley (London Beauty Queen) in April 2014. And I have a sneaky suspicion that these 3 shades were limited edition as I can't find them anywhere else...



Bluffing is a metallic taupey colour that I adore. Trespassing Taupe is a matte taupe, and its perfect. Bootleg Brown is a deep rich brown and these three colours, together are my perfect dirty sexy grungy eye. I LOVE THEM!


This is the look I posted on Instagram. Its the only time I've every properly managed to get a smokey sexy eye and have my hair and skin play ball at the same time.


And do you want to know what I did after I took these pictures? I put on a pair of big ass sunglasses and my jeans and I took my kids to the park.

 I'm so (not) rock and roll...


Monday, 28 July 2014

YoungBlood Mineral Make up: I try Orange

I have already showed you what the folks from Young Blood Mineral Cosmetics are bringing for Summer14 and a super sneak peak of the Metallics due for the festive season, but lets have a closer look at the goodies they sent me home with:


The packaging is black, sleek and looks chic. All of the compacts close with a magnetic snap and stay closed until you open them. And these are gorgeous colours, with fantastic pigmentation.


YoungBlood Extreme Pigment Eye Pencil (€12) in Blackest Black is one of the nicest eye pencils I have used in a long time. Its not so soft that you can't get a fine point when you sharpen it and get a fantastically fine line, but its soft enough that it goes on without pulling or dragging and if you smudge it as soon as you apply it it smudges quite nicely and then sets until you decide to remove it.

While Blackest Black isn't the actually the blackest black I have ever worked with, it is a lovely formula, but you could probably find something just as good for a few less sheckles...


 I am not the biggest fan of bronzer, but only because I am so scared I get it wrong. YoungBlood Mineral Radiance (€37) in Sunshine looks incredibly scary to me in the pan, but while it is very, very pigmented, it brings a lovely subtle warmth to my face if used with a very light hand. This compact is going to last me my whole life, IF I can keep my daughters grubby mitts off of it.


YoungBlood Mineral Lipsticks (€19) are just gorgeous. And as with all the YoungBlood cosmetics pigmentation is fabulous. This is Kranberry, a pretty sheer pink if you pat it on lightly, super comfortable on the lips, and a gorgeous deep red that is wonderfully hydrating on my lips. The only thing is that this wears very quickly, and needs to be re-applied after 2hrs. I suspect that this is due to the highly moisturising properties, and the fact that I don't line my lips or seal the colour.


Now this is the product I was most dubious about. YoungBlood Mineral Eyeshadow Quad (€39). Sleek very lux looking... but I was still unsure about those colours.


YoungBlood Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Moulin Rouge has all the warm colours. I get on well with browns and neutrals, but I am scared witless by oranges. The swatches are beautiful though, and even though Red Light looks very red in the pan, it was the least pigmented of the lot and I needed to do a little work to get a proper swatch.


But I needed have been afraid, because as you can see Red Light blended out to a lovely peach!


So with just a little trepidation I went ahead and came up with this look, using all of the colours in the quad. Revue in the inner corner and up to the browbone
Can-Can over the moving part of the Lid into the crease
Red Light on the outer corner
Cabaret as a liner
Blackest Black Eye pencil worked into the lashes.


What do you think? Not too shabby for a broad with Brown eyes, hey!

And and AND... YoungBlood Cosmetics have launched their Irish website so you can purchase directly from here: Young Blood Ireland Direct.
I urge you to check out the Minerals in the Mist if you want to treat yourself.. its the most gorgeous facial mist I have ever tried!



Samples provided for review, opinions my own

Friday, 25 July 2014

Surya Brasil Henna Powder: Messy, Fussy Bother

First off, I wish I had taken more pictures for this post. It got messy. And in case you don't read further than this, don't bother with the powder if you are a first time Henna user, get the Surya Brasil Henna Cream instead. I raved about it here and its my go-to-guy for hair colour and conditioning.

I must also give a massive shout out to Your Tonic: the best place (and only!) to order Surya Brasil products in Ireland. I ordered at about 3:45pm on a Wednesday and it arrived the next day at 11am, with a good few samples in the bag. Thumbs up for service!


I was going to take during and after photos of the process. But that would mean that you get to see how much of a mess this made of my bathroom. I am not a messy person, as I get older I find that "Prep is King" in avoiding muckyness and despite all my prep, when I was done with application:


The box costs about €8 excl postage and contains a packet of powder that you mix with warm water in a plastic bowl, with plastic utensils. That is where the easy part stops. Trying to get the paste distributed evenly through the hair is quite difficult. Even with a highlighting brush.

Surya Brasil Henna Cream is a little more expensive at €13.80, but for me it delivers a far superior result as far as colour, conditioning and ease of use goes, and with a hell of a lot less mess. Rinsing out the cream is way easier than trying to get the powder out.


The colour chart is accurate though, I am a light-ish brown with red untertones in real life and I wanted to deepen the colour a bit more without adding too much warmth or redness and this did the colour job perfectly. But oh the mess.

And yes. I am going to harp on about the mess because it took me ages to get the paste into my hair, never mind evenly distributed. And it took just as long to clean the bathroom after. Rinsing the knots and powder and bits out of my hair was pretty traumatic and (unlike the cream version) I had to go in with a massive dollop of conditioner after I thought I had rinsed my hair clean. Turns out I still had loads of powder against my scalp and I ended up using all the hot water in the geyser (I can just hear my husband moaning about the cost of heating the water!). I eventually stood over the bathtub and rinsed with the hand shower set to "freezing-cold-blast-this-stuff-off-my-head-already-please".


Yes it is all natural, contains no heavy metals, is not tested on animals and the powder is easy to store (although all that can be said for the cream apart from the fact that the cream contains a tiny % of synthetic ingredients to help it stay liquid). The smell won't make your eyes water or take your breath away but the mess is really just not worth the trouble. Get the ready mixed cream instead : revel in the fact that you don't have to put a conditioning treatment into your hair after colouring it and rejoice in the silky soft smoothness that the cream leaves you with.

I don't like doing negative reviews of a product, but this is more of a public service announcement.
SURYA BRASIL HENNA CREAM IS AWESOME!!!!

Find your favourite Surya Brasil Henna Cream colour at Your Tonic




Wednesday, 23 July 2014

NYC Beautifying Blushable Cream Sticks: Holy Grail Blush

I have already told you to go out and buy multiples of these NYC Beautifying Blushable Cream Blushes in this post, now I will show you why.


Even though these carry the BB moniker, the BB does not stand for Blemish Balm and as far as I know it contains no blemish healing properties. What it is though is a multi-tasking twist-up stick of awesomeness. And they cost less than €5 each.

Soho Pink: My Favourite favourite

My favourite way to apply these is to apply it straight on to the cheeks in an upside L shape, don't press too hard, you don't want too much colour on your cheeks. Then I use my good old reliable ELF Small Stipple Brush to blend it out.


Never Sleeping Pink is pink. No Shimmer in this one, its a gorgeous colour on cheeks or lips and wear time is pretty good on the lips, I get about 3 hours and it wears off evenly. Re-application is easy and not messy at all. On cheeks it wears all day.


Soho Pink is a dusty pink with a tiny bit of .... its not shimmer, its more like a bit of sheen, but not in a bad way. In a mature grown up kind of way. And its my favourite colour. It is my perfect blush. It looks good over BB creams, or foundation, or powders, it looks perfect on bare skin, its not flakey or drag-ey and it blends like a dream.

Blended

So folks. Its love. And Imma need more.
You can find NYC stockists here: STOCKISTS


Friday, 18 July 2014

NYC Bits: they're De Bomb

This post is very late in coming. BUT. I held off on writing this because when these NYC bits came through the door they screamed Autumn to me. So I waited. But knowing they were in my drawer, calling to me, I couldn't leave them alone anymore and brought them out for a little play.


The colours are warm and cosy looking, and even though its the height of Summer here in Ireland at the moment (and we're loving every minute of it) the cooler months will be upon us soon enough, and I am trying to be a bit more prepared. Did I mention that all of these beauties cost less than a €5 each? SCORE!!!!

This apricot-y powder blush looks bright and unassuming in the pan, but NYC Cheek Glow in Prospect Park Rose is actually a little bit shimmery and it will look flipping amazing on pale Irish skin. If you have the Cream, this is the Peaches. In other words the exact kind of skin I don't have. Hurrrumph. However it works as a lovely soft highlighter on my cheekbones adding a tiny bit of warmth and a bit of shimmer that emphasizes the auld bones nicely.


I have been reaching for this City Proof Buildable Mascara most mornings since I took all these bits out to play with. Its a good basic mascara. Black. Nice Brush. Good Formula. But it doesn't blow me away. And I am not entirely sure about its "buildable" claims either. When I tried to "reapply endlessly", I just ended up with clumpy lashes that stuck together. But as far as lashing (teehee) this on while running out of the door without ending up with spider legs on my lower lid, and no flakes during the day, its pretty good. But its not my favourite: Big Bold Curl Mascara


Did you know that your finger-tip is a good way to test how a lippy will look on you? I always have a problem in that a lipstick looks great in the tube, but looks very different on my lips (my body heat and chemistry/oils makes all nudes turn PINK! on me). NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Colour Crayon jumps on the lip colour crayon bandwagon with aplomb.  Gramercy Park Plum is a winter shade if ever I one did see. A rich, glossy reddish plum that feels super comfortable on my lips. It lasts a good few hours even if it does tend to wear from the center of the lips first, application is easy enough and doesn't require a mirror, just something vaguely reflective. This isn't a fully opaque lipstick, think of this as a very well pigmented lip balm instead and you'd be on the money.


There are a few variations on this NYC Individual Eyes palette, all designed for eye colours. Just because I have brown eyes, doesn't mean I wouldn't have a go at the palettes aimed at Green and Blue eyes. Four eyeshadows, and 2 creams (primer and highlighter) and a little plastic cover with a suggestion as to where to place the eyeshadows. Don't toss the little sponge applicator: they are ideal for smudging eyeliner into the lashes!


The pigmentation isnt out of this world, but it is perfect for daytime. The primer is quite nice and extends the longevity of the eyeshadows as well as intensifying the colours, and having everything in the same palette saves you from having to root through your stash to find a little bottle/tube of primer. The highlighter doesn't look out of place on the very tops of cheekbones either: no need to carry another product about with you. Perfect for holiday bags!


A decent NYC stand is like a... Like a... I don't know what its like because I have never seen one. But I have seen a picture and it looks awesome. If you know of one, get thee there soonest and pick up the star of all of NYC products ever: EVER Ever.  NYC BB Beautifying Blushable Cream Stick. Soho Pink is a gorgeous natural dusty pink that will suit anyone. ANYONE!


Soft, perfect, blendable, perfect. Its perfect. The perfect hint of shimmer. My most favourite cream stick anything. It even looks great on my lips and it one of the few products that doesn't change colour on my lips. Its perfect! I managed to win another one in a brighter pink and I love it too! I'll do a separate post on these beauties and show you what they look like on.

Now. if you spy a decent NYC stand, grab yourself a few of those BB Sticks, their Nail varnishes are also great value. You can find your nearest NYC stockist here:  STOCKISTS




All Products are samples, gratefully received. All opinions and pictures are my own.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Heads up!! Luxury Gift With Purchase from Roger&Gallet

Just in time for Summer!!

Purchase any fragrance (100ml or 30ml) from the Roger&Gallet fragrance collection through July2014 and August2014 and enjoy a complimentary gift of a gorgeous cosmetics pouch and  deluxe travel size (50ml) Body lotion (available in three fragrances: Fleur de Figuier, Fleur d’Osmanthus and Gingembre)





Treat yourself or a loved one to a fragrance from the Roger&Gallet collection, with eight gorgeous scents available, there is one to suit every taste:

Gingembre Rouge,
Fleur de Figuier,
Rose Imaginaire,
Rose,
Ginger,
Bois d’Orange,
Citron,
Fleur d’Osmanthus,
(100ml fragrance RRP€39.75              30ml fragrance RRP€17.50)



Offer available throughout July and August at participating pharmacies nationwide. While stocks last.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Face D 3-Luronics: visible results, but not on my face

Promising "Instant results" This new serum-cream hybrid from Face D is making some big claims. So, does Face D 3-Luronics Instant Effect Cream Serum live up to the claims? Well it sort of does, but not as "instantly" as the box says.


While my face isn't particularly wrinkled (thanks goodness!) I am starting to see a bit of Crepe creeping up my neck. It is especialy visible in the mornings when I get up, my neck where it joins my shoulders is full of fine lines and crinkles that have been taking longer and longer to fade away as the morning wears on. And the lines and crinkles were starting to make their way up my neck towards my face... Oh Dear.


Face D 3-Luronics Instant Effect Cream fit into my routine quite easily. I have combination skin and this serum cream can be used as either a serum or a cream. I prefer to use it as a serum, a step to help draw moisture into the skin and keep it there. The cream  isn't runny and has more of a dry texture, which is a bit odd, but it sinks in incredibly quickly. It smells of nothing. Which is a little odd, but this doesn't even have a clean, pharmaceutical smell.

 The dryness of the cream makes it a little difficult to spread on skin that is dry though, so after cleansing and toning, I spritz a quick spray of my favourite Vichy Thermal Water over my face and neck and immediately go in with this while my skin is still damp. It spreads much better and goes further, while still sinking in quickly. I follow with my moisturiser of choice and I'm done.


"Free from parabens, colourants, allergens and mineral oils, Face D 3-Luronics uses a combination of Amino Acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Retinol and 3 lightweight Hyaluronic Acid molecules which act to improve skin hydration, elasticity and moisture retention". And it genuinely does all of these things. Although the effects take a little while to be properly noticeable, a little over a week to be precise. But after said week I noticed that the crinkles on my neck were less pronounced and that they faded much quicker as the day progressed.


My neck is one of the places I realised I was starting to show my age, and this cream has helped to smooth and plump out lines in that area. I have realised that the fine lines around my eyes are also starting to plump out (after 3months).


I really like that this isn't contributing to the oil slick that sometimes occurs on my t-zone either, instead it leaves a matte finish on the skin (before I slap on my moisturiser) and I know Oily skinned gals will really like this. Hydration without oiliness is a big ask from a moisturiser and Face D 3-Luronics Instant Effect Cream Serum delivers exactly that.


For what it claims and what it does, I do think that Face D 3-Luronics Instant Effect Cream is a little bit overpriced at €29.99 for a 30ml tube, but it will last you around 3 months (which is average). Available exclusively at Lloyds Pharmacy, you can go here to order yours: www.lloydspharmacy.ie.




Sample provided for review, Opinions & Images my own



Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Blog Swap with Make Up For Dolls!!

I was absolutely thrilled when Siobhán from Make Up For Dolls asked me if I wanted to do a "blog Swap" with her. And between illness and kids and school holidays we managed to get it sorted. So without too much more rambling, I give you the very awesome Lady S....


Thanks so much to Cindy for agreeing to the blog swap!  Please go visit me here to read Cindy’s post on my blog.

It’s definitely festival season, and my absolute favourite OTT makeup brand of all time, Illamsqua, is advertising its festival-ready wares for fun festival makeup.

Four different looks are suggested, together with videos on how to re-create them…




Illamasqua - Rock Look


To create a monochrome grungy rocked-out lived-in smokey eye, Illamasqua suggest you use their Fatale Palette, Eye Pencil in Honour and Pure Pigment in Fervent, together with Lipstick in Growl on both the lips and cheeks.  My kind of festival makeup, and absolutely minimal amount of "stuff" to truck along with you!  To look at the “how to” video, look here!


Illamasqua - Holiday Look


Not for me, but a lot of fun, although somewhat more time-consuming, this time using theirBronzing Duo to add a sun-kissed glow along with Eye Shadow in Bronx and a sheer, nude glossy lip in Artiface.  The leopard spots are created by mixing the IllamasquaSealing Gel with Bronx to create a waterproof paste for the spots, then finishing off with Precision Ink in Abyss for the black parts.  Fun, but definitely requiring at least a couple of tools, some time, and a steady hand :-)  The how-to is here.


Illamasqua- Desert Island Disco Look


I could definitely wear this - a gorgeous riot of colours on the eyes created with the Paranormal palette, lots of Masquara and white spots created with the Precision Ink in Scribe.  I have all the shades of these Precision Inks and I have to say I absolutely love them.  How-to video here.


Illamasqua - Day Look


At lot more understated but using long-lasting products that will last you all day then then some, this one uses Matte Veil under the foundation to give this a budge-proof matte base, IllamasquaSkin Base foundation on top, and one of the new Matte Lip Liquids.  Look at how to create this one here, it’s a look you could wear anytime, festival or otherwise.


My Own Festival Looks

For me, when I go to a festival, the more silly and “out there” the better!  When else can you don 24-hour sparkles and glitter and not look silly?

I’m rarely without my transfers (fake tattoos – coz I’m too scared to get a real one!)


I’ve been known to sport some Speckled Liner (inspired by the IllamasquaI’mPerfection collection)


Wigs, hair chalking, OTT lashes?  Check, check and check!


And I’ve even gone completely overboard and donned some Dia de Los Muertos-type makeup J




My festival of choice?  The Electric Picnic – love it.  Ten years on, and the line up keeps getting better.  I will definitely be there again this year, sporting silly makeup and having a right laugh!  Whatever your poison of choice, makeup is a hell of a lot of fun.  So have fun with it, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!


Thanks so much to Siobhán for putting everything together so neatly and including links to very cool videos for all of her Illamasqua Looks!

Monday, 30 June 2014

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ : Its Love.

I have already professed my love for French brand La Roche Posay and so it was a given that when this new improved tube of the already cult status product slipped though my post box it would fit into my skin routine with no problem. And the new improved formulation of Effaclar Duo+ (with added +) means it working even harder than its predecessor.


 Although initial reviews were mixed, I think that Duo+ only starts to show real definable results after 6 weeks.  Specifically formulated to target the key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin, it has been proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, unclog pores and refine the look of skin texture. But this means that the unclogging stage will be very closely followed by a purge stage. Bleaurgh. However... keeping skin clean, and properly hydrated will help keep the unclogging stage short and relatively minor. Which is exactly what the original Effaclar Duo did.

The plus side to Effaclar Duo+ is that it contains ingredients to help improve the look of existing blemish (pimple) scarring or dark marks that are sometimes left behind once the Blemish is healed. And after using Effaclar Duo + every day, twice a day for the last 8 weeks, I can honestly say that the scarring on my face from past blemishes is very very much improved. The best thing about this though, is that my childhood chickenpox scars (that are more than 25years old... ahem) have smoothed and lightened so much that I don't need to use concealer on them any more.


Blemishes that do come to the surface also didn't hang around as long. Another plus for Duo+. The tube is plastic (not metallic) and because the cream/serum is fluid, it comes out of the tube easily, but its not so fluid that it runs all over the place leading to waste. You dispense exactly the amount you need and if you need a tiny bit extra, its easy to control.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ isn't expensive either, retailing at just €19.99 for a 40ml tube and has lasted me more than 8 weeks. What makes it great value is that there is still at least a quarter of the tube left. You don't need very much of this, I have been using it as a serum, after cleansing and toning and before moisturiser. LRP do say that if you have oily skin you can forgo moisturiser during the day to help keep skin mattified. But if you choose to do this, please, Please use a good quality night cream to re-hydrate your skin. Even oily skin needs hydration!


I really, really like what Effaclar Duo+ is doing for my combination skin and I have already budgeted for my next tube. My skin is smoother and I am definitely getting less clogs and as I have already said previous scarring from wars that I have waged on "volcanoes" is much improved. Win.

If you have oily, blemish prone skin that needs a bit of help, give this a go. Be patient and give it chance to work. If you haven't seen an improvement after 8 weeks, then pass on what is left in the tube to a friend who may need it. But I think that if you do give it a chance (and your skin is properly oily) you will like this. You can learn more on www.effaclar.ie where they have tips on keeping skin clear and healthy.

Find La Roche Posay products in pharmacies and Boots stores (or online) everywhere.



**PR Sample provided for review, Opinions my own.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Guess what I've been doing...

I have been very quiet on the blog of late, but its because I have been busy. Busy gathering my thoughts, testing out products, getting the kids through the last few weeks of school (oh holy moly trying to get them dressed). I have also been spending my evenings getting creative and putting my overflowing craft box to use. Its not so overflowing anymore.

I am a collector of pretty things. Be it fabric or beads or ribbon, if I see it and its on sale and I have a few extra squids in my purse, I'll buy it and put it in my craft box. Because you know, you never know when it will come in handy.


 So if you look at the top of my blog, next to the Home link, you'll notice that there is a For Sale page there now. It's got what I have been busy with over the last few weeks. Little ornaments. Decorations for doors or mirrors. Or doorknobs or handles. So far. And also decorations for Trees (or presents). The kind of trees (or presents) I am loathe to mention before October has passed. I really enjoyed what I was doing and I really got stuck in. And before I knew it I had more than I knew what to do with. So I have decided to put them out there, for sale, so I can put away a few pennies for a holiday.


Each of these wee decorations is hand made, by little old me. I chose & bought the felt, ribbons, beads etc. I designed the pattern (with some inspo from various places) I cut everything out, embroidered the patterns, added the beads and ribbons or eyes, I sewed and stuffed each of those things by hand. I think DIY-ed them good.


I have a few other bits that I am busy finishing and I'll put them up on the For Sale Page as soon as they are finished.

All the details of how to order are on the page. I hope you like them. I also kinda hope you buy them : )


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