Honest reviews, regular hauls and all things beauty.

Saturday 30 May 2015

REVIEW: REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is a product that has been on my radar ever since it was launched last year. I was really intrigued by its claims to deliver the results if a facial in 60 seconds. I resisted buying it until now because I have had a lot of skincare products to use up first, but if you've seen any of my recent empties posts, you will know I have finished a lot of skincare products in the last few months so I could justify this purchase!

Friday 29 May 2015

REVIEW: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer Luminous Bronze Light

As soon as I heard that Hourglass were releasing a bronzer, I knew I would have to buy it. I love the blushes so much - they apply so evenly and the marbled effect means that you are left with a very healthy glow to the cheeks that looks natural. I haven't tried the powders that so many people rave about, but anything I have tried from the brand, I have loved. I was stalking the Space NK website & when I saw it on there earlier this week, I pounced on it! *Rant alert* It was priced at £42, which was pretty much what I expected so I ordered & it worked out at €60 and a few cents (ridiculous price for a bronzer, I know!) but when I read Karen's post saying she bought it in Space NK Dublin for €48, I must admit that I was ticked off given that I had paid 25% more! Space NK should really give Irish consumers the opportunity to buy in euros! Net a Porter are selling it for €50.80. *End of rant*

Tuesday 26 May 2015

A nude lip combo for gloss lovers featuring Charlotte Tilbury & YSL!

Thanks to Kylie Jenner, the who nude lip thing is not going anywhere anytime soon and I'm happy about that because I have favoured nude lips for years! However, not everybody likes lipstick - in fact, until about 18 months ago I only ever really wore lip glosses. Today, I am sharing a combo that really is a "your lips but better" look.

Monday 25 May 2015

Products worth the hype #1

When I apply my make-up, I choose the products I want to use that day from my collection & put them on my dressing table before I start, rather than choosing as I go and on Saturday when I had them laid out ready to apply, I realised that I use a lot of hyped up products but that is because they are simply amazing products so they are deserving of the hype. Sometimes you really do wonder if a product can be THAT good and sometimes they really are! I have tried some beauty blogger favourites that I believe are not worth the hype, but that is for another day's post! Today I am sharing my first instalment of products worth the hype and I am focusing on make-up.

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Empties & speedy reviews #12 featuring Alpha H, Garnier, Xen Tan, Ren, origins & more!

I really seem to be flying through products at the moment, but then again if you've seen my hauls, you'll know that I've been re-stocking quite quickly too! Today I have a mixture of skin care, body care with a few randoms thrown in! Some you will have seen on the blog before, but I'll do speedy reviews and tell you if I would buy them again!

I'll start with skin care: I finished a bottle of Garnier Micellar Water, which I prefer to Bioderma. It is inexpensive but effective. It removes my make-up so quickly & easily before I move onto my cleanse with a balm. I will repurchase. 

Tuesday 19 May 2015

REVIEW: Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate

I have dry, sensitive and dehydrated skin and serums are an important step in my skincare routine. At night, I tend to stick to Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair but for my morning skincare routine, I change it up a bit and like to try different serums instead of just sticking to one. I have been using Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate for the last four weeks and I want to share my thoughts on it with you today. The description says that it is aimed at reducing the look of dull, tired-looking skin and that is exactly what I am looking for at the minute.

Monday 18 May 2015

REVIEW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in the shade Maui

Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand that is synonymous with quality and it is famous for both brow products and the contour kit. I own the famous contour kit, two of their brow products and one of their eyeshadow palettes and really love them all. The only product that I tried from the brand and didn't like was their recently released liquid lipsticks because I found them to be too drying and flat looking. Having said that, I was still tempted by their newly released Lip Glosses. They aren't released on this side of the Atlantic yet so I checked Rose's Beauty Store and they were in stock so I chose the shade Maui.

Friday 15 May 2015

About me, M.E.,Lyme and invisible illnesses

It's not a beauty post from me today, I thought I would tell you a little about M.E. and Lyme Disease and the effect these have taken on my health. In 2000, I was having the time of my life, on my first holiday with my then boyfriend, now husband and on our second night there, I was bitten. I woke up to find that one of my legs and one bum cheek had been eaten alive, practically! I had been on lots of sun holiday before this and had never been bitten, so this was a shock to the system. I really didn't know what to do with the bites, apart from apply sudocreme and assume that they would heal/disappear. They weren't itchy, which I thought was strange because I had been on holiday with my friends only a few weeks before and my best friend got lots of insect bites was tormented from the itch. The bite on my bum was huge and had a very angry red circle around it. I could see people look at it around the pool because it spread so far that my bikini bottom wouldn't cover it. I forgot about it and just got on with enjoying the rest of my holiday. 

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Why Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream is not for me....

I have wanted Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream since it was first released so you can imagine my disappointment to find myself writing this post today. This cream is supposed to suit all skin types and is packed with hyaluronic acid, which is an ingredient that I love because my skin is very dehydrated, it also contains rosehip oil & Vitamin E, again aimed at adding moisture to the skin. My skin is always crying out for moisture so I thought this would really be a wonder cream for me and "magic" as the name suggests. I can't explain how excited I was to finally own this and I had very high expectations.

Saturday 9 May 2015

Possible MAC Satin Taupe Dupe! Brilliant budget eye shadow: Seventeen Eyeshadow Mono in Rose Quartz

I bought this beautiful eyeshadow from Boots recently and I absolutely love it. It is from the Seventeen range: Eyeshadow Mono in the shade Rose Quartz. It is a similar colour to MAC Satin Taupe and By Terry Misty Rock - basically if they had a baby, this would be it!

Thursday 7 May 2015

Comparing L'Occitane body oils: Supple Skin Oil Vs Tonic Body Oil

In my recent haul, you will have seen that I bought two L'Occitane body oils. I have used a few bottles of the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil before and always loved it and on my never-ending list of products to try was the L'Occitane Supple Skin Oil so I decided to try it in order to hydrate my skin and get it ready for summer! I also decided to buy L'Occitane Tonic Body Oil out of curiosity and thought I would give you a comparison review of them both today.

Monday 4 May 2015

REVIEW: Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D is a brand that I have never bought anything from before simply because there are no stockists in Ireland or the U.K. and I have never wanted any of the products enough to warrant a Sephora order............ until now! There are a number of products from the brand that have piqued my interest before but never in this way. When I saw the Light & Shade contour palette, I was tempted but because I already own the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit and Smashbox Contour Sticks, I decided against buying it because I pretty much have contouring covered. However, when I saw the Light & Shade Eye Contour Palette, I knew that I couldn't resist.

Sunday 3 May 2015

REVIEW: Nails Inc The New White

When I spotted the new range of polishes from Nails Inc, I was really excited because I like the look of pale pastel nails but find pure white to be too harsh for me personally. There are 4 shades in the range: White Horse Street - a pale grey-white, Lilly Road - a pale pink-white, Whitehall - a pale peach-white and Swan Street - a pale mint-white.
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