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Sunday, 25 September 2022

Some recent fragrance additions

 

New fragrances Autumn 2022, Prada Paradoxe, D by Diesel, Jo Loves Red Truffle, Aerin Amber Musk, Mugler Alien Goddess, Armani Code Eau De Parfum
Anything marked with a * was kindly sent to me, without obligation.

Regular readers will know that I am a fragrance fanatic, so I was delighted to acquire some new ones recently - some gifted and marked with a * and the others are ones that my husband bought for me. I wanted to share my thoughts on them with you today in case you're in the market for a new perfume, or perhaps you're starting your Christmas shopping early - yes, I've said the C word already, but at least it isn't Covid! I have six fragrances in total - one is unisex and one is for men (but I tend to like male fragrances and don't think that there are any strict rules in this regard!). Some are refillable, which I am delighted about and love to see more brands moving in this direction.

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Friday, 23 September 2022

Budget/Affordable/Bougie: Eye Creams

Budget/Affordable/Bougie: Eye Creams

I feel like you're either team eye cream or you're not! Some people think that they don't make a difference, whereas others (myself included) cannot skip this step in my routine. I think that you need to begin using one before you think that you need to. I began at 21 and am very glad that I did because my lines are very fine. There is nothing wrong with having fine lines or wrinkles - I'm all for the privilege of growing old, however that doesn't necessarily mean that I want to look my age! I'm not one for botox, but as I always say - never say never! Also, eye creams help with more than just lines - they help with puffiness and dark circles too. You don't have to spend a fortune to find an effective eye cream, so I'm sharing three great ones for three different budgets with you today!

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Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Worth the hype? Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation

Worth the hype? Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation

I didn't actually intend not to post for so long, but I wasn't feeling very well and I also thought that most people were probably watching coverage of The Queen's passing/the Royal Family/Her body Lying In State and the funeral. I think that even if you aren't a royalist, it was a moment in history and. quite fascinating for those of us who don't have a monarchy. Moving on, today's post is about my latest foundation obsession - the new Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation. It's been all over social media, so I want to discuss if it's worth the hype...

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Saturday, 10 September 2022

L'Oreal Professional Metal Detox Shampoo and Mask review

L'Oreal Professional Metal Detox Shampoo and Mask review

You probably know at this stage that I'm a bit fanatical about taking care of my hair. When I first became ill with Lyme Disease, I lost around 50% of my hair density, then when Covid first hit, my hair fell out in clumps. It recovered by using the right products and lots of T.L.C. (post here), but I've had Covid 6 times and my hair growth has started again in recent months. On top of that, I have naturally dry and frizzy hair and live in a hard water area, which can affect both the condition and colour of my hair. I pay a lot to get my hair coloured, so I want to ensure that it's going to last and I use products to prevent brassiness. My hairdresser is a balayage and general colour expert, constantly up-skilling and training, so when she used a new product on me in the salon, I decided to buy the at home duo. L'Oreal Professional Metal Detox Shampoo and Mask are two at home products (an oil has been recently added), that can be used to remove build up of mineral deposits in the hair, which cause brassiness. There is also a product in the salon, which cannot be purchased to use at home. This is something that can be used before your colour, or you could go to your salon and use it as a standalone treatment, which will revive your colour. You don't have to be blonde or balayaged, it works on all hair colours.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2022

My top five liquid blushes.....

 

My top five liquid blushes

It's hardly a newsflash at this stage that I have dry skin, so you will know that I generally prefer cream and liquid blushes and highlighters. I've shown you my favourite cream blushes previously, but today I want to share my top five liquid blushes, and if you have dry skin too, I highly suggest you give them a go. Don't worry about application, or your base being disturbed - these honestly couldn't be easier to use! 

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Sunday, 4 September 2022

REVIEW: Emma Hardie Lotus Flower Range

 

REVIEW: Emma Hardie Lotus Flower Range
This range was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

I was kindly sent the new Lotus Flower range from Emma Hardie, which I was delighted about as I had missed the event due to a medical appointment, but wanted to know more about the range from one of my favourite brands. There are three products in the range: a Targeted Blemish Treatment, a Treatment Serum and a Treatment Cream. Given that the products are targeted towards oily skin, I didn't think they'd suit me, however they contain ingredients which reduce inflammation and strengthen the skin's barrier, so I thought that I should give them a go. I had mixed results, but it is definitely worth remembering that my skin is dry.

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Friday, 2 September 2022

My top five Charlotte Tilbury skincare products

My top five Charlotte Tilbury skincare products

In July, I showed you my top five Charlotte Tilbury makeup products, and it went down well according to my analytics, so I thought I'd share my top five skincare products from the brand. Initially, I was more interested in the makeup products from the brand, but in the past 2/3 years, I've found that the skincare products have really improved and stand alone as quality products, rather than being "add-ons" to the brand, if you know what I mean. It can be difficult for brands to do skincare and makeup equally well, but some do manage it. Like with the makeup post, I found it very difficult to narrow it down to just five products, but I was very strict with myself. So, here we go!

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Wednesday, 31 August 2022

What I loved in August

 

Maison La Bougie Leo Candle Review

If we didn't have Christmas and all of the fun that comes with it in December, August would definitely be my favourite month! It's my birthday on the 8th - I absolutely love that it's on the 8th day of the 8th month, plus our wedding anniversary is on the 30th, and my niece's birthday is on the 21st, so August definitely gives December a run for it's money in terms of favourite months! Anyway, on to what I loved this month... (one thing I didn't love was getting Covid.... AGAIN!)

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Sunday, 28 August 2022

New Olaplex releases No. 4C, No. 4P and No. 9 Bond Protector

New Olaplex releases No. 4C, No. 4P and No. 9 Bond Protector Review

It's no secret to anybody that reads my blog regularly that I like to take care of my hair and one of the brands I rely on is Olaplex. I did a Brand Focus post here. Since then, three new products have been released. I could claim that I didn't need to buy them, but I did need a new clarifying shampoo, I had also almost finished my Kérastase Blond Absolu shampoo (since finished), so needed a purple shampoo to prevent brassiness in the blonde parts of my balayage, and I had no excuse for buying the serum, apart from wanting it after reading my friend Anne's review. I'm going to share my. thoughts on all three with you today!
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Friday, 26 August 2022

Budget/Affordable/Bougie: Hyaluronic Acid Serums

Budget/Affordable/Bougie: Hyaluronic Acids
                                 Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

I love the reaction I've had to my Budget/Affordable/Bougie posts, whether via comments, DMs, or emails! I'm well aware that I post a lot of high end products on the blog, but there are definitely high quality and effective products at affordable prices on the market, and I only ever feature products that I use myself (and will later feature in my empties!). Today we're talking about Hyaluronic Acid Serums - products that I think everybody uses ( or would benefit from) in their daily routine.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2022

New Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise shades

New Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise shades & swatches Summer 2022

I have all of the original Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Shadows (review and swatches here),  so when I saw that three new shades were being released, I knew that my willpower would disappear and I'd buy one.... I ended up buying two of the three new shades! 

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Monday, 22 August 2022

Disappointing product: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Resurfacing Body Scrub

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Resurfacing Body Scrub Review,

I'm a huge fan of Kate Somerville's Exfolikate and I have raved about it several times on the blog, because it gives me super smooth skin in 2 minutes or less. It's perfect to use before a special occasion or if your skin has been a bit neglected and needs a quick fix. Therefore, you can imagine how delighted I was when I heard that a body version of Exfolikate was being released. I exfoliate my body once or twice weekly - usually before tanning and 3/4 days later. I have tried body scrubs from all budgets and repurchased quite a few, but I expected to get hooked on this instantly, and have the softest skin I've ever experienced and to say goodbye to my other body scrubs. Sadly, this has not been the case...

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Friday, 19 August 2022

Omorovicza serums review

Omorovicza serums review

You all know how much a fan I am of Omorovicza since I first discovered the brand in 2015. So many of you have messaged me or commented over the years, saying that you tried the brand because of my reviews, which I really love because you also tell me that you now get the hype, despite the high price tags. I have tried all of their serums apart from the Blue Diamond Concentrate, and want to share my thoughts on them with you today. There are eight in total, but I would consider Midnight Renewal and Acid Fix to be treatments, so I will review those in a separate post if you'd be interested? Some of the serums in the photo above look full, but I've used 2/3 bottles of each already, so I'm able to give a full review and suggest which might work best for you, depending on what issues you may have.

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Monday, 15 August 2022

Sali Hughes x Revolution skincare new releases

Sali Hughes x Revolution skincare new releases
These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Sorry for the radio silence here on the blog - I have tendonitis in my rotator cuff and it's just so painful to do anything, and it is of course in my right arm, which I use to do everything! I'm on anti-inflammatories and having physio, so hopefully it will ease soon!

Today, I want to share the latest releases from the Sali Hughes x Revolution skincare range. I reviewed her initial launch a few months ago here, and have finished all but one of the products. Last month, some new additions were added to the range, which I have been using and I'm sure that they will sell out as quickly as the original line.

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Sunday, 31 July 2022

What I loved in July!

 

Viktor & Rolf Good Fortune Review

July was a mixed month for me, but overall, a good one. We've had some good weather (although nothing like the temperatures seen in the UK and Europe!), which means barbecues, getting heat into my bones and being outside more. Today's post is about everything I've loved over this past month.

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Friday, 29 July 2022

Budget/Affordable/Bougie: Cleansing Balm

 

Budget/Affordable/Bougie: Cleansing Balm

Balm cleansers will always be my favourite. They really suit my dry skin, but they're also suitable for combination and normal skin types, and will work as a makeup remover for oily skin. I am quite fussy when it comes to cleansing balms - the main things I want are for my makeup to melt without too much tugging on the skin, or cloudy eyes after removing my eye makeup! I also don't like a film to be left on my skin, yet I like my skin to feel comfortable and thoroughly cleansed after use. I don't ask for much, do I? Here are three gorgeous cleansing balms, for three budgets.....

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Wednesday, 27 July 2022

How I'm feeling about blogging right now.....

How I'm feeling about blogging right now, Is there still a place for blogs in 2022?
Photo from Pinterest.

I've attempted to write this post so many times, but didn't know exactly what to say as I'm in two minds about blogging at the moment, and have been for a while. I really would love to hear your thoughts on this subject in the comments below, or DM me on Instagram.

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Sunday, 24 July 2022

My top five Charlotte Tilbury makeup products....

 

My top five Charlotte Tilbury makeup products

When I look through my makeup collection, the brand that I see most often is Charlotte Tilbury. I know that the products are pretty pricey, but I think the quality is excellent, a little goes a long way with most products and I can count on them if I'm in a hurry and don't have time to think about what makeup to use. I'm sure most people have tried the brand, but if not, here are my top five products that I'd recommend if you're starting out...

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Friday, 22 July 2022

Kérastase Absolu Chroma range - suitable for all colour-treated hair

Kérastase Absolu Chroma range review

I've been a fan of Kérastase products for over 20 years. I've tried a lot of their ranges, depending on what my hair needs - repair, moisture, colour protection etc, and I'm always intrigued by their new ranges. Their latest is Absolu Chroma, which aims to reduce frizz, reduce breakage by strengthening the hair, and revive colour. What really interested me about this range, is that it contains Lactic Acid, which is a gentle exfoliator that we are used to seeing in skincare, but not in haircare products. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Acids and Centella Asiatica, which help to restore the hair from the inside out, so it works to strengthen your hair long-term, rather than just make it look/feel good after you wash it.I have four products from the range and want to share my thoughts with you today.

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Saturday, 16 July 2022

The summer beauty edit......

Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted, without obligation.

Summer is finally here and although the weather was initially pretty inconsistent, to say the least, we're now having a good spell and I'm here for it!  I'm embracing the opportunity to wear brighter colours, whether in my clothes, accessories, or on my face/nails. Bright colours make me so happy - even if it means using a brightly coloured umbrella! Anyway, today I'm focusing on beauty, and the products that I'm using right now and will continue to do so until Autumn rolls around. 

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022

The best smelling body moisturisers to use...

The best smelling body moisturisers to use
If anything was gifted to me, it will be marked with a *

I'm one of those people who moisturises their body every single day, and even in the days when I was bedridden, I'd ask my husband to do it! My skin is so dry that if I didn't moisturise daily, it would be tight, uncomfortable and scaly - not how I want to feel. Sometimes, I use functional body lotions - just something to moisturise, other times I use oils if I feel like my skin is feeling and looking slack, and sometimes, I'll use body creams and lotions that are special and smell divine, as well as nourishing my skin. I believe in using nice things daily, rather than saving things for best, even if I'm ill and having a duvet day - actually, especially on those days. Today, I'm going to share some of my favourite scented body moisturisers with you, and I'd love to hear what your favourite is!

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Sunday, 10 July 2022

L'Occitane summer releases

L'Occitane summer releases 2022

What signals the start of summer for you? Is it the summer solstice, or the first sign of sun? For me, it's the release of the L'Occitane Verbena with a twist! I can't tell you how much I look forward to it each year! I love the original Verbena line, which was the first product from the brand that I tried years and years ago (introduced to it by my mother(, but when they add mint or citrus, it just takes it to another level. Also this year, there is a new white lavender range, and if you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that I'm a sucker for anything lavender fragranced, because it brings back memories of my Granda's garden when I was a child, and when he died, I planted some lavender on his grave. 

I adore the scent combinations that L'Occitane offers, but what I really have grown to love about the brand is that it cares and it gives back. It really is a fair trade company, but also one that is ecologically aware. It has been this way since its inception in 1976, and has grown with education since then. They can actually tell you the names of the couple who cultivate the verbena in the South of France, and the lavender is sourced from local cooperatives in the South of France, who also help to protect the bees that the lavender attracts. All of this makes me love and support the brand even more.

I was kindly sent a selection of the new releases and want to share my thoughts with you today.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2022

My favourite discoveries of 2022...... so far!

Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

I always like to do a check in mid-year to see what products have stood out to me in the previous six months. To be honest, this year I didn't expect there to be a huge amount as I've really cut down on my spending as I try to use up the products I have. When I started to compile this list, I was surprised by how many products have really stood out to me. Some were kindly gifted to me (marked with a *), others, I bought myself. I'll link to any full reviews.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2022

What I loved in June....

 

Half A World Away Review, Maverick Review, What I loved in June 2022 review, Airport Chaos June 2022

Can you believe that we are half way through the year? I swear that since Covid, the weeks and months just fly by and everything is a blur. I think it's because while most people think that life is back to "normal" and the governments would like us to believe that too, the reality is that the numbers are rising again, and having had Covid five times, I don't feel particularly safe and am still on tenterhooks, to an extent, even though I've tried to do some normal things. Because I now have Long Covid, on top of my other illnesses, I still feel in that Covid blur and need to find a way to let it go, because the reality is that the months and years are flying by! After that long rambling intro, I'm here to talk about what I loved in June!

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Saturday, 25 June 2022

Summer fragrance picks......

Summer fragrance picks 2022
Some of these fragrances were gifted or bought with a voucher, without obligation (marked with a *).

My regular readers will know that I am a fragrance addict & wear it daily - even when I lost my sense of smell, or if I'm having a duvet or pyjama day. Wearing a beautiful fragrance really lifts my spirits and I like to know that I smell good. My love of perfume started when I was very young and I used to gather flowers from the garden & try to create my own scents! My mother is also a fragrance addict, so I can say that it's in the genes! Today, I want to share my top summer picks (although I will undoubtedly wear others too), which may serve as some inspiration if you are looking for a new summer perfume...

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Dehydrated skin? You need some Dermalogica in your life....

Dermalogica Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist Review, Dermalogica cellular hydration serum review
These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation, as part of their *skinfluencer programme.

Next year will be 20 years since I first began using Dermalogica products! If that isn't testament to how much I love the brand, I really don't know what is! As I have mentioned before, it's the only brand that I used for 6 months prior to our wedding and also had regular facials (I love their face mapping!). I can honestly say, hand on heart, that their releases are getting better and better all of the time, and I have rarely, if ever, been disappointed with a purchase. I am fortunate enough to be part of their #skinfluencer programme, which means that I am kindly sent some of their new releases, but I also purchase products with my own money (and my husband now uses some too!). So, today I'm going to discuss two new releases, which are aimed at hydrating and replenishing the skin: Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist and Circular Hydration Serum.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Battle of the cream bronzers....

Battle of the cream bronzers

Because I have dry skin, I love cream cheek products. My favourite ever cream bronzer was Les Sahariennes, which was discontinued by YSL a few years ago (why do brands do this?!). It was the most beautiful product - a perfect texture for blending and giving a natural, sun-kissed look to the skin, even when worn without foundation. Thankfully, since then a lot of brands have seen the bright side and are releasing cream bronzers. They aren't just for those with dry skin, as you could set them with a little powder bronzer on top, or just some setting spray. They are also my preferred option for a very natural look, particularly in summer when I want to look sun-kissed but without actually tanning my face! I used to have quite a few, but have narrowed it down to four cream bronzers that I would highly recommend to anybody who wants to try one, but is unsure where to start...

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Sunday, 19 June 2022

Some current beauty loves.......

 

Some current beauty loves
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

I've found myself using some products on constant rotation in recent weeks, ones that I reach for pretty much daily, without even thinking about it. They're constants for a reason - my skin loves them, they are easy to apply and require very little effort to make. me look put together. Rather than individual review posts, I thought I'd put them all together in one and tell you why I love them so much.

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Thursday, 16 June 2022

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Day VS Night Fragrances

 

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Day VS Night Fragrances, Bronze Goddess Discount Code
These fragrances were partly paid for using a gift voucher from Look Fantastic.

Sorry for the longer than expected break from the blog. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that my flight home from holiday was delayed by 2 days, which really threw me out last week! All of the plans I had for the week were up in the air, I needed to get a new nebuliser as mine broke while on holiday, and despite having a really restful week, those two days of going to and from the airport, not knowing what was happening, just left me exhausted, so I decided to take some time to catch up on everything (sleep/laundry/seeing family/catching up on Love Island etc), before coming back to the blog. I have lots of posts planned and am looking forward to hearing how you all are, so today's the day that I finally get back into it!

For me, summer hasn't arrived unless I have a bottle of Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess! It could be raining most days (and generally is in Ireland), but as soon as I smell Bronze Goddess, I'm instantly transported to a sunny beach, feeling relaxed and happy, which is why I even bought it during the lockdowns - I could at least pretend to be somewhere more exotic than the garden, even if I wasn't! Each year, there are some variations or additions to the original fragrance, and this year it's Bronze Goddess Nuit Eau De Parfum, which intrigued me, as not only is the bottle beautiful, but it includes some warmer notes. I wanted to compare it to the original and give you my opinion as to whether you actually need both in your life.....

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Sunday, 29 May 2022

What I loved in May.....

This photo is taken from The Irish Times, because I forgot to take any photos before the blossom went over, due to the crazy weather we've had (four seasons in one day at times).

This month has absolutely flown by, and I can't believe that in a few days, we will be in the sixth month of the year! Crazy!  I feel like the last two years have been a blur, and even though all restrictions have been lifted for quite a while, I still feel in that blur! Maybe getting away will make me realise that 2020 was two years ago! Anyway, enough rambling and on to what I loved this month....

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Friday, 27 May 2022

My holiday makeup & fragrance picks.....

 

My holiday makeup & fragrance picks

I am so excited (and fortunate) to be going on my first sun holiday since 2019, on Sunday. My husband & I are so looking forward to a week of doing as little as possible - read, sleep, eat, beach walks - that's about the extent of it, so although I don't need a lot of makeup (I won't be wearing any during the day), I'll still take some as I do like to dress up a bit (some evenings!) on holiday. So, here are my holiday makeup and fragrance picks....

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Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Refillable products from some of my favourite brands....

Refillable products from some of my favourite beauty  brands
Anything gifted to me will be marked with a * and is done without any obligation.

There's no doubt that we are all aware of climate change, and I believe that the majority of us are veering towards products and brands that are eco-friendly, with sustainability being more than a buzz word or a trend..... even Love Island will be ditching fast fashion this year! When it comes to beauty, I know that being a blogger may appear to produce a lot of waste, or that I'm encouraging you to constantly buy new products. Believe me when I say that none of my products go to waste - I post my empties on Instagram regularly, and if a product doesn't work for me, it will be passed on to somebody who I know will enjoy it. I also declutter my makeup every 6 months (sometimes more frequently) and will give products that I just don't reach for, to teenagers within my extended family members and friends. You may still think that blogging is all about consumerism, but I don't consider myself to be an 'influencer' - I just give you an unbiased opinion on a product, and if you have a similar skin type to me, have similar needs in terms of skin and haircare, you might buy the product, and let's face it, some things are necessities!  With all of that in mind, today I want to share products from my favourite beauty brands, which are already sustainable, or are moving in that direction. I personally love refillable products, as it cuts down on unnecessary waste. Please tell me of other brands or products that you know are refillable, but I haven't mentioned, as I'm always willing to learn.

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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Revolution x Sali Hughes Skincare Review

 

Revolution x Sali Hughes Skincare Review for Dry Skin
These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Regular readers will know that I'm a bit (lot) of a skincare snob, so I hadn't tried any Revolution skincare products until I received the fabulous P.R. package of Sali Hughes' collaboration with them. I was asked if I would like to try the products and I love when this happens, as it means there is no waste and it's a bugbear of mine to see bloggers/influencers etc receiving huge PR bundles, which they never actually show again. I had read some good reviews on some skincare products from the brand, but with Sali involved, I knew that these are products I would have spent my own money on anyway. They're not just products that she put her name on, but she did her research, tested formulas, and came up with a simple 4 step routine, which is refreshing in the world of single ingredient products, which require you to have a science degree to figure out which might suit your skin. With people leading increasingly busier lives, a 4 step in 4 minutes routine will appeal to many. The range is vegan, cruelty-free, silicone-free, and made with recycled packaging. The range is also affordable, with all products priced at less than £15. So, how have I found the products to work on my dry skin? Read on to find out...

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Armani Prive Indigo Tanzanite Eau De Parfum - the ultimate in sensual decadence

 

Armani Prive Indigo Tanzanite Eau De Parfum review
This was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Most of you will know that I am a fragrance addict, often showing my Fragrance of the Day on Instagram, so I love smelling new scents. I've never owned an Armani Prive fragrance before, but from the first spritz of Indigo Tanzanite, I fell in love in an instant, so I know that this won't be my last! I have a few Armani fragrances, but the Prive range is a step above, with four collections: Les Eaux, La Collection, Les Terres Précieuses and Les Mille et Une Nuits. These lines use only the highest quality ingredients, to create unique scents. The Indigo Tanzanite EDP is part of the Les Terres Précieuses line, each of which is inspired by a different culture, which has inspired Giorgio Armani. This particular fragrance is inspired by Africa, with its bright colours (the other in the line is Magenta Tanzanite).

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Saturday, 14 May 2022

Holiday preppin'

 

Sun holiday prep products

We're going on our first sun holiday since 2019 in a fortnight (I probably won't believe it's real until we get there!), and I couldn't be more excited (with a touch of nerves too, given that I haven't been on a flight or in crowded areas since Covid started - well, apart from hospital, but that was a safe zone!). I feel like I'd gotten a little out of practice with holiday prep, so I thought I'd share the main things I'm doing with you today. I tend to DIY a lot of things, as going to a salon for lots of pre-holiday treatments can be expensive and time-consuming, plus I spend enough on products, so I should us them, right?

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Thursday, 12 May 2022

Budget/affordable/bougie: Essences

 

Budget/affordable/bougie: Essences

Essences are one of those products that a lot of people think are gimmicks - I know that I did..... until I tried one. Now, that's not to say that it's a completely necessary step in your routine, but if you have dehydrated skin, I'm willing to bet that you'll notice an improvement after a few weeks of use. I'm back with three products, for three budgets. I will adit that it was difficult to find an essence that fits into what I would usually class as the "budget" category, so if you know of a good one, please do let me know!

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Friday, 29 April 2022

What I loved in April.....

April loves 2022

I love April, because it's my husband's birthday, there is so much blossom and a real sense of hope and change in the air (if only that could extend to the war in Ukraine. I cannot believe that it's still going, without any real action being taken against Putin). I love seeing tulips everywhere, as well as all of the Spring flowers! The sun has been shining, although we only had maybe 2 days of actual heat where I live - other days, it was sunny but absolutely freezing and the winter coat came back out! I'm looking forward to some warmer days, and of course, our holiday next month! Anyway, enough about the weather, let's get into what I loved in April....

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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Shadow sticks for a quick and easy eye look....

Shadow sticks for a quick and easy eye look

I don't know if I'm just getting lazier with my makeup, have less energy, or just want to spend less time doing it, but at the moment I'm reaching for products that I know will help to make me look as though I've made an effort, even if I haven't! The products that fit the bill for my eyes are shadow sticks, and I have four brands that I want to share with you today. All will make my eyes look like I've made an effort, but in reality, take around a minute to complete. Once they are set, they're budge-proof - even on my oily lids!

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Monday, 25 April 2022

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Omega-Rich Cloud Cream Review

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream Review
This was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

When I first started blogging (and even before then), one of the most talked about products was Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. It was released in 2010 and is still one of the brand's best-selling products all these years later. It's popularity is due to the fact that it has been proven to improve the appearance of tired skim, particularly of those who have sleep problems of any sort (most people, I'm guessing?). 12 years later, we have a much longed for addition to the range in the form of the new Midnight Recovery Omega-Rich Cloud Cream.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

I went old school beauty shopping......

 

Old school beauty shopping, Do I still love these beauty products almost a decade later?
Anything marked with a * was bought with a gift card, which was kindly provided by Look Fantastic.

I needed a few replacement products, so I decided to go old school and buy products that I absolutely loved when I first started blogging, to see if I still loved them, if they still worked for my skin, and if I had found similar, but better, products since I last used them! Let's get into it....

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Friday, 15 April 2022

Budget/affordable/bougie: Acid Exfoliators

 

Budget/affordable/bougie: Acid Exfoliators

I'm going to start a new series on the blog, called Budget/affordable/bougie, and pick one particular product each time, giving you my opinion on whether you should splash the cash, or if a budget alternative is just as effective. We're starting today with one of my favourite products: Acid Exfoliators.

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Sunday, 10 April 2022

My most used makeup items at the moment

Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted, without obligation.

At the moment, I'm using a mix of new products, and others that I want to finish. I'm also in that transitional makeup phase, where I tend to go brighter with my lip picks (sometimes - I'm a nude girl at heart!), and lighter with my base. However, in the past 2/3 weeks, we've had some very sunny days, a storm, snow, sleet and hailstones, so I can't really call this a Spring makeup edit, as the weather is so changeable! Anyway, less weather talk and more makeup!

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Friday, 8 April 2022

AHC Youth Focus Range Review

AHC Youth Focus Range Review

 

When I was first introduced to AHC (a K-Beauty brand), I fell completely head over heels for it, see posts here and here. Naturally, I was thrilled to receive their new Youth Focus range, which uses Pro Retinal 11x, meaning that it has an 11 times faster conversion rate than retinol. Jasmine has a fantastic post on the differences between retinoids here, if you're confused by it all (and don't worry, you won't be the only one who is!). So, let me talk you through this new range....

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Friday, 1 April 2022

L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream VS Ultra Light Body Cream. Which is for you?

 

L'Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream VS Ultra Light Body Cream. Which is for you?
Both of these were kindly gifted to me, without obligation, but I have also purchased them myself.

Regular readers will know that L'Occitane is one of my favourite brands, not just in terms of skincare and fragrance, but also body care. products They can do no wrong in my eyes. I particularly love their body moisturisers (they have lotions, oils and creams available), as I have to moisturise my body daily because my skin is so dry, so I need products that will nourish and are long-lasting. Today, I want to talk you through the differences between L'Occitane Shea Body Creams to help you decide which one would suit you best.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2022

What I loved in March


Usually, when I'm writing these posts, I'll have notes that I'll have written throughout the month, but this hasn't been an easy month. Watching the news every day has weighed very heavily on me (as I'm sure it has with all of you too), watching what is happening in Ukraine, seeing the maternity and children's hospital targeted is beyond evil. Seeing bodies of people shot during what was supposed to be a safe passage - how low can Putin sink? Like all of you I'm sure, I feel so helpless even though I've made several donations and sent a mountain of boxes to the Polish border. I wish we could offer rooms to some refugees, but with my very poor health, I can't (I actually got Covid AGAIN this month!). But, what has lifted my spirits is seeing the good in humanity - so much money raised, supplies sent, homes opened and more. Plus, I cannot explain my admiration for the people of Ukraine enough. They are fantastic, despite the circumstances, and display all of the qualities that people need to get through tough times. In my niece's class, there is a Ukranian girl, and everyone has been so kind and welcoming to her, which really warms my heart. There was an Irish university student trying to find a safe passage home, but it was proving very difficult, and two men from Scotland drove over to rescue her and her small group of fellow students. How amazing is that? Good will always triumph in the end - we have to believe that.  Here are the few good things that I have loved in March, because when life is dark, we always have to look for the light....

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Monday, 28 March 2022

Natasha Denona Glam Face & Eye Palette: Light Review & Swatches

 

Natasha Denona Glam Face & Eye Palette: Light Review & Swatches, Is the Natasha Denona Glam Face & Eye Palette worth the hype?

I have to say that I didn't really plan on buying this palette, as I have a few all in one face palettes, plus I find that Natasha Denona cheek products can be a bit hit & miss, however it was on sale, and from the swatches I saw online, I thought that I'd use all of them, plus it's perfect to take on nights away or holidays, as both eyes and cheeks are covered. But, is the Natasha Denona Glam Face & Eye Palette a hit or a miss?

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Saturday, 26 March 2022

NARS Light Reflecting Foundation Review

 

NARS Light Reflecting Foundation Review

It's a few years since I bought a foundation from Nars. I used to wear Sheer Glow a lot (although I never understood the name, as it's neither sheer nor glowy!), and I really liked their Natural Radiant Long Wear Foundation, so when I heard about their new Light Reflecting Foundation, I decided to give it a whirl.

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Thursday, 24 March 2022

Biossance Squalane and Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser Review

 

Biossance Squalane and Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser Review

Biossance is a brand that I have only tried a small number of products from, but have loved everything I've tried, so when I saw that they had released their new Squalane and Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser, I couldn't resist buying it (even though I have a lot of cleansers to get though!). I thought that it might be perfect as we change seasons. I love that their products contain squalane, as it is super hydrating, and really suits my dry skin. It also saves 2 million sharks every year, because it's sugar-cane derived, rather than coming from the livers of sharks. I'm not particularly into the whole "clean" beauty movement (or it's more a case of brands saying that their products are clean, as opposed to other 'dirty' brands - I think it's a little unnecessary, but each to their own), however this is definitely better for the planet. So, how has the cleanser been working for me?

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Kérastase Chroma Absolu Soin Acid Chroma Gloss VS L'Oreal Elvive Wonder Water Colour Protect

Kérastase Chroma Absolu Soin Acid Chroma Gloss VS L'Oreal Elvive Wonder Water Colour Protect
L'Oreal Elvive Wonder Water Colour Protect was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

I first discovered Kérastase K-Water in 2020, and was instantly hooked. I had never used a product like it before (review here), and loved how I could get a mirror-like shine on my hair from a product that worked quickly. That being said, it was hard to get hold of, and quite expensive, so I was delighted when L'Oreal Elvive brought out their own version (review here). It wasn't an absolute dupe, but for the price difference, it was definitely a product worth using. Fast forward to this year, and Kérastase have a new version: Chroma Absolu Soin Acid Chroma Gloss, and so do L'Oreal Elvive: Wonder Water Colour Protect*. I've been putting both to the test, to see if they live up to their claims, and if one justifies being more than triple the price of the other.....

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Monday, 21 March 2022

Top 10 Gifts for Mother's Day

 

Top 10 Gifts for Mother's Day  2022

The countdown is on - Mother's Day is next Sunday here in Ireland and the UK! So, with that in mind, I've collated my Top 10 gifts for all of the mothers, mothers in-law, step-mothers, mother figures, wives, girlfriends...... basically anybody who plays a maternal role, either in your life, or maybe that's you, in which case, you can forward this post to any of your significant others! I think the best gift anyone could give this year, is a donation to any of the charities helping in Ukraine - Unicef, The Red Cross, and many more. I think that most of us have done that already, so if you'd like to give a physical gift, rather than my traditional gift guides, I've chosen the Top 10 gifts, and you still have time to order! Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

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Friday, 18 March 2022

NEW IN: Filorga Skincare

 

Filorga Creme Universelle review, Filorga The Radiance Booster Fluid Review
These products were kindly sent to me, without obligation.

Filorga is a brand that I feel deserves a lot more hype. I have yet to try any product from the brand that I haven't absolutely loved (moisturisers, an essence, and sheet masks are some that I have used every last drop of).  It's a French brand, created by an aesthetic doctor, who wanted to make products that would make a noticeable difference to skin within 7 days. I can tell you that everything I have tried makes my skin look and feel better instantly, but obviously it's with consistent use that best results will be seen. Today, I want to share my thoughts on two of the brand's latest releases: Crème Universelle and Skin-Unify Radiance Illuminating Perfecting Fluid.

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