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May favourites featuring Clinique, Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury & more!

It's monthly favourites time again and I have some lovely products to share with you today! I'll start with skincare & I have been really loving Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray. I haven't had this for very long but I am already addicted to it and my dry skin is drinking it up. I use it after exfoliation to hydrate my skin and also during the day if I'm having a make-up free day & my skin is feeling dehydrated. I know that some bloggers received this recently from Clinique but I just want to make clear that I bought this myself from Debenhams. It costs €28 for this 125 ml bottle, so not the cheapest hydrating toner but definitely my favourite that I have used. I'd highly recommend it to dry skinned ladies.

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!

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*

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.

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.

REVIEW: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray

I'm not going to lie, I totally bought this because both Fleur De Force and Amelia Liana recommended it and they both have amazing hair, so if they give a hair product the thumbs up, it goes on to my list of things to buy! Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray is different from other heat protectors because, as the name suggests, it is a dry product. This really intrigued me. 

A small skincare haul featuring Ren, Pixi & Clinique

I know it isn't very long since my last haul, but I actually finished up some skin care products as you will have seen in my recent empties post so I needed to replace some products. First up is Pixi Glow Tonic (£18), which is an exfoliating toner that I have used previously and I think it lives up to the hype surrounding it.I have been waiting to finish up my Aveda exfoliating toner so that I could repurchase this. It leaves my skin brighter, clearer and softer - everything I want it to be.

REVIEW: Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oils: De-stress, Relax, Revive

Earlier this year, I bought an Aromatherapy Associates set in the Cult Beauty post-Christmas sale and I totally forgot that I had it until I discovered it last weekend when I was tidying! Result! Am I the only one who forgets about what they bought?! I was delighted to discover the set and in it, there were three bath & shower oils: De-stress, Deep Relax and Revive

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. 

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.

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.

Calypso Cheek Palette winner!

The winner of my Bobbi Brown Calypso Cheek Palette giveaway, as chosen by random.org is Alina. Congratulations, Alina! Thanks to all who entered!

Don't worry if you weren't the winner because I will be hosting another giveaway soon, so keep your eye out for that! All of my giveaways are open internationally.

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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. 

Recent purchases #20 featuring Smashbox, Xen Tan, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Alpha H & more!

I've really been #feeling spendy recently & today I am going to share what I've been buying but after this I think I'll have to rein it in a bit because I have so many new products to play with and if I keep buying, I'll never get around to using the products I already own, plus my bank account won't thank me! I have a mixture of skincare, make-up, haircare & lots of tanning products to tell you about today.

First up is a lip glosss from Anastasia Beverly Hills and it is in the shade Maui (£22), which I think will be perfect for summer. I'm hoping I like this because I really didn't like their liquid lipsticks. 

Success! Nails Inc The New White Swan Street

If you read my previous post about The New White polishes from Nails Inc, you'll know that I had mixed feelings on the first two polishes from the range that I tried: Lilly Road and Whitehall. I adored the colour, but didn't like that I needed to apply 3 coats. Swan Street was the original polish from the range that I really wanted and when it became available (before I had received the other two), I ordered it. When I found that they were quite streaky, I kind of regretted the fact that I had another one on the way but I am pleased to say that this polish is different to the other two. 

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.

Five brands I would like to try more products from!

As a beauty addict, I want to experiment with all brands, both budget and high end. I don't want to miss out on any gems and there is always room in my collection for more products and discoveries! There are many brands that I am yet to try anything from, but today I am going to talk about brands that I have tried some products from, but want to explore further.

First up has to be Charlotte Tilbury (well, doesn't everybody want some C.T. in their lives?!). I own some of her eye shadow quads, lip products, foundation & the famous Film Star Bronze & Glow and I absolutely love them all, so needless to say I really want to try some more products everything from her range. I am particularly keen to try her  Goddess Skin Clay mask and Cheek to Chic blushes and hope to do so soon!

In two minds about By Terry Ombre Blackstar Misty Rock

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock is a product that has been on my wishlist for a very long time so when Feel Unique started to stock By Terry products recently, I decided that it was time to purchase it. I also had Bronze Moon on my list, but it was out of stock so that made my decison of which to buy first. In case you haven't heard of this product before, it is a cream stick eyeshadow - there are plenty of similar products out there, but this was the one on my list.

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!

Bargain of the week: Crabtree and Evelyn La Source Luxury Gift Box

If you follow me on instagram (here), you will have seen me post a photo of this bargain yesterday & I just had to share it with you today because it is one not to be missed! This Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Luxury Gift Box was originally priced at £50/€63, but is now reduced to £15/€20 in Boots. This was originally released as part of their Christmas collection and even at the original price, it would have been a good buy, considering the number of products in there.

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.

A budget beauty haul featuring Garnier, L'Oreal, CoLab & more!

Like most people, I love a bit of luxury in my life but there are some areas where I don't feel it is necessary to only use high end products. When it comes to body care, the majority of my products are from budget brands - yes, I like to indulge in L'Occitane from time to time, but in general, I find that products from the drugstore work perfectly well for me. Today, I am going to share with you my most recent budget beauty haul. 

GLAMGLOW ThirstyCleanse - my updated thoughts

I gave my initial thoughts on the GLAMGLOW ThirstyCleanse in early April and promised to update you all when I had been using it a while longer so that I would have a better opinion on how it was suiting my skin. I had such high hopes for this product because the ThirstyMud mask is one of my favourite discoveries of the last few years.

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.

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.

The original beautyblender review

I have been debating buying a beautyblender for a few years now. I bought the Real Techniques equivalent and was pretty happy with that but the beautyblender was always hovering in the back of my mind and the more I read about it, the more I wanted it. It was an itch that needed to be scratched & when Beautybay had a recent sale, I scratched it!
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