Honest reviews, regular hauls and all things beauty.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Some new additions to the Ecooking line up that you need to know about!

 

Ecooking, Ecooking Essence Lotion Review, Ecooking Hair Oil Review, Ecooking Heat Protection Review, Ecooking Summer Glow Lotion Review
All of these products were kindly sent to me, without obligation.

*Please note that this is pre-written and scheduled content,  before I knew what would happen family-wise in the past 2 weeks*

One of my favourite brand discoveries over the past few years, has been Eccoking, which is a Danish brand, founded in the kitchen of Tina Søgaard, who decided to make her own range of products when she couldn't find any products that were working for her skin. I'm lucky enough to have been sent several products, but I have also repeatedly repurchased several products also. When they released more products, back in August, I was lucky enough to be sent most of them to try and am ready to share my thoughts today. In the photo above, I had just received them - they look a little more used now!

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Friday, 15 October 2021

The Vitamin C Edit.....

 

The Vitamin C Edit, Omorovicza Illumineye C Review, Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C Serum Review, Dermalogica Biolumin-C Gel Moisturiser Review, Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum Review


*Please note that this is pre-written and scheduled content,  before I knew what would happen family-wise in the past 2 weeks*

Vitamin C is a non-negotiable ingredient for me, however it has taken a long time to find the right products, and the right balance of use, as my skin used to react so badly to it - inflammation and a burning feeling. I felt like giving up on it at one point, because I just couldn't find the right products, but I persevered because of the brightening results it gives, and my skin is naturally dull (due to being so dry), so I knew that I had to find a way to incorporate it into my routine. I'm glad I did, because I now have products that I can use on a daily basis! Today, I want to share my absolute favourite Vitamin C products, that really make a very noticeable difference to my skin, without any adverse reactions. 

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

How to make luxury bags and accessories shopping more affordable and what you don't need more than one of

How to make luxury bags and accessories shopping more affordable and what you don't need more than one of

 

*Please note that this is pre-written and scheduled content,  before I knew what would happen family-wise in the past 2 weeks*

As well as beauty, luxury bags (much more so than luxury fashion), are my thing. I don't have a massive collection and my aim would be to build up a curated collection of classic bags that fit my wardrobe/style, rather than aim for owning lots of bags, for the sake of it. I'm not a fashion blogger, I don't get gifted bags from brands, they're just something that I love. I've always loved them and think they can elevate an inexpensive outfit. If you take care of them, they will last for years and still look as good as new, although some look even better with age. Today, I want to share my top tips for making savings, should you want to get into the luxury market.

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Monday, 11 October 2021

Some of my sickbed purchases.......

Sickbed purchases


*Please note that this is pre-written and scheduled content,  before I knew what would happen family-wise in the past 2 weeks*

I'll begin by saying that I had planned on a no-spend September (!!!), but the combination of some birthday money/vouchers and basically being bedridden, resulted in this haul, plus some of it was bought in August! It's a looooooong time since I bought so many things so close together (I used to do a lot of hauls when I first started blogging!), but as a blogger, I do think that it's good to spend your own money on products, rather than just writing about products you've received in P.R. - I know that's what I prefer to read anyway - a good mixture! I suppose I went a little wild but I probably won't buy much for the rest of the year (I say as I see a lot of the holiday sets being released......!). After what I've been through, I've no need to justify making any purchases  - I'm just glad to be alive to be able to use them! So, on to what I bought and why...... (Oh and remember to use the code LYMIN at checkout on Look Fantastic to save 20% - I use it every time and it will generally work on most products/brands, unless they are already reduced).

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

The best solution based products......

The best solution based products

 

I can't say that I only have one skin issue, because I'd be lying! I have several, but by keeping on top of my skincare routine, you may not notice them, but consistency is key for me. If I'm inconsistent, it shows in my skin, even more so as we age (sorry to tell all you people in your early 20s). I personally am not interested in going down the botox or fillers route - but each to their own, and never say never. Instead, I depend on effective products to keep my skin looking its best and I'm going to share some of them with you today.

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Monday, 4 October 2021

Some recent skincare additions that have stolen my heart......

 

October skincare loves
All of these products, apart from the Then I Met You Cleansing Balm and By Terry Moisturiser, have been kindly sent to me, without obligation.

I'm lucky enough to be sent products (although I do turn down more than I accept), which I am under no obligation to post about. I like that there is no obligation, as it takes pressure off, although I have no problem sharing negative reviews, if I don't like a product - I will say why it doesn't work for me, rather than say a product is just bad! Over the past few months, I've received a variety of products, which I've been testing (some for longer than others) and these are the ones I have enjoyed using  the most.

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Saturday, 2 October 2021

My current haircare lineup that has my hair in the best condition its been in for years.....

 

Haircare, Kérastase Blond Absolu Range Review, Kérastase Genesis Defense Thermique Review, Kérastase Fresh After After Dry Shampoo
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Since losing so much of my hair last year post-Covid, I've been on a mission to get my hair into good condition and keep it that way, and I'm happy to say that I've achieved that - I was really worried when I got infected again in August, but this time around, I didn't lose any hair. My hair has grown so much (I can see regrowth around my hairline) and I basically just need a trim when I am due a haircut, because my split ends are at a minimum. It's years since I've been so happy with my hair, and since it has been in such good condition, so I thought that I would share the products that I am using regularly with you today in case your hair is brittle, falling out or just generally in bad condition. It might look like this post is sponsored by Kérastase but it isn't (I wish!) - it's just a brand that I love and have used for over 20 years.

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Thursday, 30 September 2021

My most decadent at home facial featuring Omorovicza's new Queen Cleanser and Cream

 

Omorovicza Queen Cleanser review, Omorovicza Queen Cream review, Omorovicza at home facial
Some of these products were gifted to me, without obligation.

At the risk of boring you all, you'll know that I have been very, very ill recently. I'm still nowhere near recovered - that will take a long time, but as soon as I had the strength to do a DIY facial, I was on it! I have two vouchers for facials, but I don't know when I'll get into the city centre to have them, so I decided to bring the spa to me! I used all products from my favourite brand, Omorovicza, including the two new releases: Queen Cleanser* and Queen Cream*. Regular readers will know how much I adore this brand, so it was a no-brainer that if I wanted to make myself look and feel better, that I'd use this brand exclusively. One day, I'll go for an actual Omorovicza facial, but in the meantime, my DIY job worked wonders! To save 15% on all Omorovicza products, enter the code SIOBHAN at checkout (not affiliated).

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Shopping in Arnotts Beauty Hall and Brown Thomas, with free shipping on orders over €50/£50

How to get free delivery in Arnotts, How to get free delivery in Brown Thomas,

 

This post is aimed at my readers is Ireland and Northern Ireland, as currently Arnotts and Brown Thomas only deliver within the 32 counties. Usually delivery costs €5/£5 upwards, but I have a special code for you that lasts for 1 week from today, which gives free delivery on all orders over €50/£50. I like to make savings wherever I can, and I also like to share them with you1  Both stores have a vast range of brands, so I want to share some of my favourites today, and with the Christmas gift sets arriving, now could be a good time to get started. I don't know about you, but I hate paying for delivery, so I'll be making the most of this offer! For Arnotts, it's ARNLYMIN21 and for Brown Thomas, it's BTLYMIN21. You just enter these at the checkout, to get free delivery.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Are you buying an Advent Calendar this year, and if so, which one?

 

The best Advent Calendars 2021


Every year, it seems that more and more brands have jumped on the Advent Calendar bandwagon! It can be utterly overwhelming to try to decide on one because the majority offer amazing value, yet some are really expensive. Last year, I bought the Cult Beauty calendar and had no regrets, as there were no duds or filler items in it at all. I opened it every morning on my Instastories and had a fantastic reaction. I had a lot of DMs from people who had missed out on it, but also a lot saying how expensive it was, so I suggested putting cash into an envelope on a weekly or monthly basis in order to be able to afford it this year and I'm delighted that some people have messaged me to say that they have done this and will be treating themselves to a luxury Advent Calendar this year! Here are my top picks (apart from chocolate - I always need one of those to open!) and I'd love to hear which one you're most tempted to buy!

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Sunday, 26 September 2021

Why everyone needs some MOR in their lives.....

 

Mor Sencha Verbena: Review
These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Mor is a brand that I discovered a few years ago and I have yet to encounter a product that I don't like, but what I can't understand is why the brand doesn't receive more hype! It's an Australian brand, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year. They really know how to blend notes to produce the most beautiful scents, giving the likes of Jo Malone a run for its money. The products are all reasonably priced, available from Feel Unique, or you can even pick them up while doing your grocery shopping in Waitrose, in the UK, yet they add some luxury to your daily life. Today, I want to tell you about the new Correspondence Range....

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Friday, 24 September 2021

New Urban Decay lip product releases and their incredible charity collaboration

                 

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks and Swatches, The Cybersmile Foundation
All of these lip products were kindly sent to me, without obligation.

Urban Decay have given their Vice lipsticks a makeover, not just in terms of look, but in terms of formula too. They are now vegan, there are 35 shades available in a variety of finishes: matte, cream and shine, all of which are hydrating and comfortable to wear, as they are infused with aloe vera and avocado oil. As you'll see from the swatches, all are very pigmented too, so one swipe and you're good to go. I was kindly sent four lipsticks and one Plumping Lip Shine Balm (I love this type of lip product), which I want to share my thoughts on today, but I also want to tell you about the fantastic charity partnership between Urban Decay and Cybersmile, which is a global Anti-Bullying Campaign, and how you can get involved (it's so easy to show your support).

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

My candle collection...... something that brings me true joy!

 


I'm a self-confessed fragrance addict, in all its forms! Even on duvet/pj days, I will wear perfume, I always have diffusers around the house and I use my Neom Wellbeing Diffuser Pod daily, but I also love candles... not just for cosy Autumn/Winter nights, I use them all year round! I do it because having a nice scent in a room brings me joy and I'm all about anything that brings me joy - sometimes, it's the smallest of things that can brighten your day, and in my case, it's a nice candle. They're one of my favourite gifts to receive (apart from anything clove, pumpkin or cinnamon scented - I just don't like that aroma). Today, I'm sharing some of my favourite brands with you. I like a candle that will give off a good scent when lit, rather than just in the box, and I also like it to smell authentic, rather than synthetic. The aesthetics obviously play their part, but they wouldn't be the deciding factor in whether or not I buy a candle. So, on to my favourites (in no particular order)....

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Swatches of all Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise

 



I own  A LOT of eyeshadow palettes, but I have fallen for cream shadows for a quick and easy look over the past few years, and it's hard to find any to beat Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise. In fact, I love them so much that I have every shade (except some limited editions that I was gutted to miss out on!). The reason I love these particular ones so much,  is that despite the fact that I have oily lids, they don't crease on me and are pretty much budge-proof for the day. That, and the fact that they are ridiculously quick and easy to use and look put together, even when you don't have the time/energy/enthusiasm to make an effort! They also seem to make lids look smoother than they actually are - ideal if your lids aren't line-free, and they even feel cooling when applied. They're all round winners to me, so if you have yet to try them, I really urge you to and maybe these swatches will help you to find your perfect shade.

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Monday, 20 September 2021

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Infusion Collection - holding on to the scent of summer a little longer....

 

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Infusion Collection Review
All of these products were kindly sent to me, without obligation.

I really did mean to post about this beautiful range of products much sooner, but being so ill delayed it - better late than never and all of that though, as they are still available, despite being limited edition! As you know, I'm an absolutely massive fan of L'Occitane as a brand, for so many reasons - it's environmental commitment, dedication to helping communities in a sustainable way, plus the products always smell and feel divine! This new twist on the Cherry Blossom Collection is delectable - light, feminine and airy, with notes of lemon, mandarin and bitter orange. There are four products in the range, all. of which I was very kindly sent.

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Saturday, 18 September 2021

NEW SKINCARE BRAND! At1 skincare review

 

NEW SKINCARE BRAND! A1 skincare review
All of these products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

One of the things that I love most about blogging, is discovering new brands and I was thrilled when I was asked if I would like to test a brand new skincare brand. It is called At1, is exclusive to All Beauty and currently has a streamlined seven products in the line up; all of which I was kindly sent to try. I have been using them for probably around 8 weeks, if not a little longer, now, but am only getting around to telling you about them now, due to my delay in posting because I was so ill. When I started to test them, my skin was its usual self - dry and dull (if not using regular exfoliation/masks), but as time went on, my skin began to burn - nothing to do with the products, but everything to do with the illness and medication I was put on. So really, it was the perfect time to test the products as the difference in my skin was extreme! Let me tell you how I got on......

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Friday, 17 September 2021

Where have I been? A catch up!

 

Just some of the medication from one of the weeks I was off. We had to try several types to eventually get me on an even keel.

Well, hello! Long time, no blog! I have never taken so long away from posting before, but despite having lots of draft posts, I was far too ill to finish and publish any (some I have scrapped!). August was one hell of a month for me - at one point, I thought I might actually have to say my goodbyes. My health was horrendously bad - I have never experienced anything like it, and if you've been around here for a while, you'll know that I've been ill for over 20 years and have been through a lot, but the past month was the worst ever. I am double vaccinated, before anybody might think that I'm not, and that's what saved my life. If you are on the fence about getting vaccinated still, I would urge you to reconsider, as it protects those around you, who are medically vulnerable, as well as yourself (please read this article if you are in two minds as it may help you to understand the importance of being vaccinated, if you can do so: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-08-17/vaccinated-covid-doctor-shot). I'm not going to go into all of the detail of what happened to me or what happens next, but felt I should explain my absence, as I've never gone this long without posting since I started my blog around 7 years ago. I'm nowhere near fully recovered, but blogging gives me something else to think about and I need that right now, plus I feel like I have so much to chat to you about!

That said, there were also some positives in August. It was my birthday, my niece's birthday and we celebrated our wedding anniversary, so I will always love the eighth month! This year is whizzing by and I'm already thinking about whether or not to do Christmas Gift Guides.......? Would love to hear your thoughts on that! I'm going to catch you up on some lifestyle favourites (I say lifestyle - I was in bed for weeks!) - tv, food, accessories etc. Also, I  would love to hear how life is with you? I've chatted to some of you in DMs, but I've missed this little community.

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Monday, 16 August 2021

Bliss is back!

Bliss is back!
All of these products were kindly sent to me, without obligation to post.


I was so disappointed when Bliss* pulled out of the UK & Irish market in recent years, because I used so many of their products - body butters, bubbling face mask, hand and feet socks that locked in moisture, and more. Then, suddenly, they were gone, but the great news is that they are back and are being sold in Boots! Plus, what's even better is that the products are now even cheaper! I was kindly sent some products to try and want to share my thoughts with you today.

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Sunday, 15 August 2021

Some current loves....

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

It's a while since I did one of these posts and I have a number products that I'm using consistently, and loving! Some I have had for a while and two are new, as they were birthday gifts last weekend. If anything was sent to me, it will be marked with a * and I'm not obliged to post about them - I just love them! I have ten products, so let's get into it....

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Thursday, 12 August 2021

Make Up Forever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation Review

 

Make Up Forever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation Review


Sorry (again) for the radio silence - I seem to have said that a lot recently, but this time it wasn't due to illness, it was my birthday and I just decided to take a little break to enjoy the celebrations and time with my husband. I was truly spoilt, and, as always, my favourite things to receive are the homemade cards from my nephews and niece. I received some fabulous gifts too, but cards always mean the most to me! Anyway, back to today's post and it's (another) foundation review. I feel like I don't do many foundation reviews overall, but then a few in a short space of time, and my most viewed post is actually a foundation review, so I guess they're popular! Today, I'm talking about Make Up Forever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation. It's a while since I've bought anything from this brand (for no particular reason), but this really caught my attention and I had to buy it - I'm on a foundation purchase ban now for a while!! So, let me share my thoughts with you...

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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Dermalogica Smart Response Serum Review

 

Dermalogica Smart Response Serum Review
This was kindly sent to me, without obligation.

Regular readers will know that one of my top three skincare brands is Dermalogica*. I used the brand exclusively for 6 months prior to our wedding, and have had some products from the brand in my stash for the past 17/18 years. It was the first high end skincare brand that I used, with the famous Daily Microfoliant being the first product I purchased, which is still a staple in my skincare cabinet to this day. All these years later, I still get excited when they release a product, and they are getting better and better all of the time! I'm lucky enough to be part of the Skinfluencer programme, so I was kindly sent their latest release: Smart Response Serum*. I have been using this serum for just over two months now, am over half way through it, so thought that it was about time that I did a review.

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Monday, 2 August 2021

New brand overview: Refy

 

Refy review & swatches

I recently came across Jess Hunt's brand, Refy, on Instagram and was instantly intrigued. I know that big, bushy brows are very in at the moment and I used to have those back in the day.......when they weren't on trend! I look at Jess' brows and wish I had never taken a tweezer to mine! Jess has created the brand so that others can create the full brow look that she rocks, and also some cheek products to re-create the glowing skin look that she is also renowned for. They can be bought individually, or in sets, so I went for the Summer Skin Collection and Brow Collection, which is available in three shades - Light, Medium and Dark. 

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Saturday, 31 July 2021

What I loved in July......

 

Clares Loves phone cases review, Legology Cellu-Lite Oil Review


July has flown by, even though I didn't actually do very much, due to being ill, but there were still some loves that I want to share with you today! I really hope that you had a great month?

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Thursday, 29 July 2021

L'Oreal Steampod 3.0 review - worth the hype/price?

L'Oreal Steampod 3.0 review - worth the hype/price?


The difference between my hair this year compared to just after getting Covid, is huge. Last year, my hair fell out non-stop for quite a few months - there was literally hair everywhere in the house. Now that it's in better condition, I want to keep it that way - see post here. I still use heat on it, but generally only wash and dry my hair once weekly. I know that some people like to use heat on their hair daily, to keep it straight, but I resist doing that. I have a Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer (review here), GHD Curling Wand and GHD Platinum Straightening Irons, but in the back of my mind for the last few years has been the L'Oreal Steampod, as it's supposed to be less damaging on the hair. It looked quite fiddly with the separate water holder, so when I saw the new 3.0 version, which looked much more sleek, I wanted it and then when I saw that  it was reduced by 20%, I decided to buy it as it is rarely reduced - I've been keeping my eye on it for ages and had never seen a reduction in price before. I always love to make a saving where I can! Now that I've been using it for a while, I wanted to share my thoughts with you, in case you were thinking of buying one, because they're pricey.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

3 treats for 3 budgets...

3 treats for 3 budgets, Maybelline Sky High Mascara, L'Occitane Purifying Freshness Dry Shampoo Mist,  Maison Margiela Replica Sailing Day
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


Fancy treating yourself to something this payday? I have three gorgeous products for three budgets for you today, starting at under £10! 

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Sunday, 25 July 2021

Easy summer makeup....

 

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

I don't know about you, but when the weather heats up, I like to wear less makeup, or at least quick & easy makeup! When I watch Love Island and see some of the girls wearing full coverage bases that don't match their skin, it just makes me crave a lighter look. I have freckles, and like them to show through. Of course, it's a case of each to their own and you do you, but if you're craving a light base and easy to apply makeup, this post is for you!

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Friday, 23 July 2021

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare review....

 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation review

Sorry for the radio silence on here recently - my health took a turn for the worse, and whilst we're still unsure of the cause, I was on doctor's orders to have complete rest, so that's what I did! I'm still not feeling great, but blogging gives me a routine and a distraction and I had lots of content partly prepped, so I thought that I may as well get back to it. I hope the weather has been as glorious with you as it has been (and still is) here? I had to be very careful not to let any sun on my skin for the first part of the heatwave, due to the medication I was on, but once I could, I enjoyed getting some heat in my bones and am still loving it (well protected, of course!). Anyway, on to today's post, which is another foundation review - I seem to have had a few recently and I have another one coming shortly - I seem to go through phases of buying foundations (but usually wait until I'm almost finished at least one, which I am - my favourite Armani Luminous Silk!). I wanted to buy the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare because the more I try from the brand, the more I like. Also the description caught my attention - waterlight, medium but buildable coverage, with a radiant finish - ticks all of my boxes......or does it?

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Sunday, 11 July 2021

Two new releases from Omorovicza: Queen Of Hungary Evening Mist and Gentle Buffing Gelée

Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Evening Mist Review, Omorovicza Gentle Buffing Gelee Review
These products were kindly went to me, without obligation.


When my favourite skincare brands releases new products, I sit up and take notice straightaway!  Omorovicza released two new products in June and I was absolutely delighted to be sent both to try, given that I would have bought them anyway, and they arrived at the perfect time, as they were here when I got out of hospital, in need of a good pamper and I just wanted to get the "smell of hospital" off me!  The two new additions to the range are a cleanser in the form of a Gentle Buffing Gelée and an evening version of the Queen of Hungary Mist (one of my all time favourite products). Now that I've been using the products for over a month, I want to share my thoughts - I could easily have done it after a few days, but I always like to test skincare products for at least 4 weeks, sometimes 8, depending on what the product is.

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Friday, 9 July 2021

Five stunning summer fragrances....


Five stunning summer fragrances,Jo Malone Fig & Lotus Flower,Aerin Hibiscus Palm,Ouai North Bondi Eau De Parfum,Jo Loves Mango Thai Lime,Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Azur Eau De Toilette,


I've mentioned several times on the blog before that I'm a perfume addict! I sometimes wish that I could just have one signature scent, but I just love too many! I tend to rotate my fragrances seasonally, so today I want to share my top five fragrances for summer!

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

L'Occitane Summer Verbena collection 2021

 

L'Occitane Summer Verbena collection 2021 Review
I was kindly sent all of these products, without any obligation to post.

Every summer, I look forward to the summer Verbena Collection from L'Occitane. I love the original scent, but when they put a twist on it, it's even better.  This year, there are four ranges: Mint, Citrus, Cactus and Classic Verbena. My mother first introduced me to this range way back in 2006 and I always associate it with summer, whether the weather plays ball or not! In an ideal world, I'd be taking these products on holiday, but for the second year in a row, the Verbena range is bringing summer holidays to me, without the need for any travel!

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Monday, 5 July 2021

The products I use when I'm feeling really rubbish and want to go from drab to fab (ish!)

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


Regular readers will know that I have Chronic Lyme and M.E., which are invisible illnesses, so just by looking at me, you may not think that there is a war going on inside my body, which has seen me bedridden at times, and feeling ill all of the time. Since being in hospital a few weeks ago, I look and feel even worse than usual. I know that we are our own worst enemies at times, and hard on ourselves, but even my husband and mother, who would usually say that I look fine (even when I don't), have agreed that I just look so exhausted and jaded by everything that has happened me over the past 16 months (we won't mention the other 20 years!). So, when I'm feeling at my worst, I'll enlist my husband to help me, if needed, and do a few things to make me at least look better, even if I don't feel better - although I always feel a little bit better when I know that I look better, if that makes sense! Here are some of the products I use and things that I do....

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Saturday, 3 July 2021

Charlotte Tilbury Look Of Love Collection


Charlotte Tilbury Look Of Love Collection Review & Swatches
I was kindly sent these products, without obligation.


I was surprised when I saw the new Charlotte Tilbury Look Of Love Collection*, as it seems as though Valentine's Day would be the ideal time to launch a collection like this, but actually, when I received the products and began using them, I could see that summer is a good time to launch it, as the look is minimal glam, which is probably what we're all aiming for this summer. The collection contains two Instant Look In A Palettes, four Look Of Love Lipsticks (which also have refills) and six shades of Tinted Loves, which are lip and cheek stains. I was kindly sent a selection to try and I want to share my thoughts, and some swatches, with you today.

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Thursday, 1 July 2021

The best products for ultra sensitive skin: face & body

The best products for ultra sensitive skin: face & body,
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation to post.

 

My skin has always erred on the side of sensitivity, but even more so since becoming ill. I also grew up knowing that my mother had sensitive skin, so she had to be careful what she used.. Thankfully, my skin barrier seems to be getting stronger these days, and some ingredients that used to make my skin react previously (shea butter and Vitamin C), don't appear to at the moment. That said, I still always have a selection of products to use, should my skin flare up. I also remember very clearly periods when my skin would feel burnt, or possibly break out in cystic spots, which were so painful. If this sounds like your skin, I have some great recommendations for you.

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Tuesday, 29 June 2021

What I loved in June.....

 



It is crazy that we are half way through the year! Looking back on June, there have been some crazy moments, but overall, it's been a good month. As always, I am sharing events.shows etc, rather than focusing of products like I used to do in monthly favourites posts, back in the day. I would love to hear how your month has been?

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Sunday, 27 June 2021

Fresh Beauty - Cult Beauty's Brand of The Month

Fresh Beauty - Cult Beauty's Brand of The Month
This set was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

As you know, Cult Beauty feature a different brand each month, to be their Brand Of The Month, which for June is Fresh Beauty and this means free international shipping on all orders, plus there are exclusives and free gifts. I was kindly sent the Best of Fresh X Cult Kit to try some of their best sellers, which is also available for general sale and is a great way to get to know the brand as the sizes (although mini), are large enough for you to decide whether to buy the full size. There are five products, plus a headband, which is brilliant for keeping your hair off your face while doing your skincare routine, but particularly when using a mask, and they are all housed in a clear case, which is convenient for travelling. I had used two of the products previously, but three were new to me and I want to share my thoughts on all five with you today.

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Friday, 25 June 2021

3 treats for 3 budgets

Fenty Skin Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream,3 treats for 3 budgets,L'Oreal Paris Blush Of Paradise Melon Dollar Baby,Pat McGrath Divine Blush


It's time to treat yourself! I don't know about you, but some months will pass by and I won't have bought anything, and other months,  I just get on a roll! There's no harm in treating yourself, even if your budget allows only a small amount. This month, I have three fantastic products, all under £35, to share with you.

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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Foundation review: YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint

 

Foundation review: YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint
This was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

I remember when the first version of YSL Touche Êclat foundation was released, I was SO excited, because  I had used the conceal/highlighting pen for years. I absolutely loved how the foundation looked on my skin - it gave it a healthy, fresh glow, with medium coverage. It ticked all boxes, but it broke my skin out so badly! I was so gutted, because it looked amazing on, but there was no way I could use it regularly. I have used other YSL foundations since the, but without this issue, so I was excited when I read about the new Touche Êclat Le Teint foundation, which has been reformulated. So, how does my skin like this newer version, and what has changed?

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Monday, 21 June 2021

My favourite discoveries of 2021, so far!

 

My favourite discoveries of 2021, so far!
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.


I love to do a check in mid year to reflect on the new products that I have discovered so far, as the months can fly by and then when it comes to doing my annual favourite discoveries, I may overlook something from early in the year. I'm accepting less P.R. these days, as I hate waste and have a good idea of what will suit me, plus I'm buying a lot less and just focusing on using up the (rather large) stash that I have. If you watch my empties on Instastories, you'll see I'm doing a pretty good job in that regard! Now on to my favourite discoveries. Anything kindly gifted  (without obligation) will be marked with a *.

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

How is my 2021 luxury wishlist coming along?

 

None of these items were gifted. (I wish!)


In January, I wrote a luxury wishlist for 2021 here: http://www.beautylymin.com/2021/01/my-2021-luxury-wish-list.html so given that we're pretty much half way through the year, I thought I'd update you on it. It wasn't a huge list, with just six items on it, as I really am trying to focus on quality over quantity this year and have only bought clothes that were missing from my wardrobe, or worn out and needed replacing. I know that fast fashion has a market, due to affordability, but I'm trying my best to steer away from that as much as possible. So what have I bought?

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Thursday, 17 June 2021

Five current loves...

 

Five current loves, Roger & Gallet, Kiehl's, Marc Jacobs, Laura Mercier,Nars Sunkissed Bronzing Cream Review,
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

As you know, I don't do monthly favourites posts (I do post about what I've loved each month, but they aren't necessarily product-focused), but I love to share products that I'm really enjoying and using consistently. Today I have five  products that I love and want to tell you about!

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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Youth To The People Overview.....

 

Youth To The People Overview, Brand Focus
These products were kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Youth To The People* is a brand that I had been eyeing up on Sephora for ages, so I was absolutely delighted and so grateful when Cult Beauty sent me a package of products to try! Cult Beauty are really killing it at the moment with all of the new brands that they are adding to their lineup on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis!  I've been trying the five products I was sent for around five weeks now and want to share my thoughts with you, on how they've worked for me, and whether I would repurchase them. If you don't know much about the brand, all of the products are based around super foods (you'll see as the post goes on), they're vegan and cruelty-free.

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Sunday, 13 June 2021

Three favourites from Tatcha

 

Three favourites from Tatcha


I really wish that Tatcha was more accessible for those of us on this side of the Atlantic, because I pretty much love everything I try from them. If you don't know much about the brand, it's Japanese and focuses on the principle that less is more. The foundation of their products is Hadasei-3™, which is a trio of anti-aging superfoods, present in the Japanese diet; green tea, algae and rice. Every product that I have tried has been delicate, yet effective. Those with sensitive skin, or who want to simplify their routine, will love this brand.

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Friday, 11 June 2021

Some new Marc Jacobs purchases & mini reviews

Some new Marc Jacobs purchases & mini reviews


I hate to say it, but I have a sneaky suspicion that Marc Jacobs Beauty might be no more soon! There's no summer collection this year and the entire makeup collection is on sale on Sephora, will regular sales on the brand's site too. I hope I'm wrong, but with Becca announcing that they are closing in a few months, nothing would surprise me. The quality of Marc Jacobs products is up there with the best, so I took advantage of the reductions, with some products in this post: http://www.beautylymin.com/2021/05/some-recent-marc-jacobs-purchases.html and then went back for more, which I'm sharing with you today.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Sustainability - small changes that add up to a big difference if everyone does them

 

Sustainability tips, Kiehl's Refillables, L'Occitane Refillables,Shampoo Bars,

I certainly don't claim to an expert on sustainability, however I'm definitely of the belief that if we all do something to help protect the environment, it will all add up and it's better than just a small percentage of people being perfect. Growing up, we grew the majority of our own fruit and veg, baked homemade bread, biscuits and cake and it was similar to The Good Life, if you're old enough to remember that show? We didn't have a recycling bin in the 1980s, however we always used a composter for peelings etc and there really wasn't any waste - it was just how we were brought up, as my parents were both keen horticulturists and gardeners, and we had enough land for them/us to be able to do this (but you can grow herbs on your windowsill, so you don't need lots of land, or even small propagators). As kids, we chose our own veg to grow each year, and tended to it (from around the age of five), and I can still remember the sense of achievement when my sweetcorn or cauliflower appeared! Nowadays, people have much busier lives, but there are still small ways in which we can be more sustainable in our everyday lives, and there are some brands that make it easy. Today, I want to share some of my favourites - some will probably be of no surprise, but I'm hoping that there might be some that you can incorporate into your lives.

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Monday, 7 June 2021

Dealing with pigmentation - my top three products

 

Dealing with pigmentation - my top three products
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted, without obigation.


Pigmentation - the bane of my life! Slight (large) exaggeration there, however it does bother me. I have one small, stubborn patch of pigmentation along my cheek bone that appeared around  five years ago when I was on holiday. I was using SPF 50 and wearing a hat, but was also on medication that made my skin more prone to sun damage. I am always so careful about re-applying my sun cream, but I think it was the medication that did it. Nowadays, people know to wear SPF all year round, but I was very late to that party, as it only became a popular topic when I was in my late twenties, and then I started to do it. I never tried to actually tan my face, but just didn't always protect it. Pigmentation elsewhere on my body doesn't particularly bother me, but this one little patch on my face does. That being said, using certain products consistently does help it fade, plus I haven't developed any other patches, so I'm obviously doing something right! There are so many products on the market to help with this issue, but I've narrowed it down to my top three.

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Saturday, 5 June 2021

Living Proof Haircare favourites

 


Living Proof is one of those brands that we couldn't get this side of the Atlantic for years, and most of us lusted after it because Jennifer Aniston was their spokesperson and I've yet to see her have a bad hair day! It arrived on our shores a few years ago, and although I haven't tried a lot of their products, I love everything I have tried. I'm aware that I've shared a lot of haircare products on the blog over the past few months, but after losing hair to Covid last year, I have been determined to take care of my hair and now that it's in good condition (post here: http://www.beautylymin.com/2021/05/taking-care-of-my-balayaged-hair.html), I want to share some of the products that I use to style it and Living Proof features heavily.

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Thursday, 3 June 2021

Small touches that can make your bedroom feel more cosy and welcoming

 

Small touches that can make your bedroom feel more cosy and welcoming
Anything marked with a * was kindly gifted to me, without obligation.

Our bedrooms should be our havens - a clean and tidy room is so much more restful and conducive to a good night's sleep , which is why I always like to keep our room tidy and do regular declutters, so that there is a spot for everything. I can't stand clutter as I just can't relax if it's there (which is why I unpack and put washing on the same day we get home from holiday, and even put my Christmas presents away on the 26th at the latest!). My husband is pretty neat too, but would probably be a bit more relaxed about organisation if it weren't for me. I think it comes from years of being ill and needing a clean, tidy and fresh smelling space to be able to relax and recuperate in. I'm not here to do a Mrs Hinch or a Marie Condo, but I do have a few small tips, which will make your bedroom feel more welcoming, which I'm going to share with you today.

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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Nars Sunkissed Bronzing Cream Review

Nars Sunkissed Bronzing Cream Review



A few years ago when YSL discontinued their Les Sahariennes cream bronzer, I was so disappointed because it was a product I used every time that I did my makeup. I had never found a more natural looking cream bronzer...... until Fenty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer came along last year!  Review here: http://www.beautylymin.com/2020/06/fenty-beauty-cream-cheek-products-worth.html I didn't think that I'd ever try another cream bronzer after that, because that one ticks all of the boxes for me, but I wasn't expecting a Nars cream bronzer! Laguna has been in my makeup bag since around 2006/7, and even though I have tried used and loved other bronzers, I will always have a Laguna in my stash! This cream bronzer is available on this side of the Atlantic now, but I ordered it from Sephora because I couldn't wait for it to release here. There is also a bronzing brush, which is more expensive than the Sunkissed Bronzing Cream itself, so I didn't bother buying it as I have other brushes that work perfectly. Has it lived up to my expectations?

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Sunday, 30 May 2021

What I loved in May....




I'm a cliché, I know, but I can't believe that it's the end of May - this year really is flying by! Here in Ireland, some restrictions lifted  and we've been able to travel inter-county, shops have re-opened (on a phased basis), and next month, there will be more easing of restrictions. It's all happening quite slowly, but that's a good thing, as last year, it happened too quickly and we ended back at square one. I am personally still acutely aware of how debilitating and scary is Covid is, as the mother of one of my friends died this month, after contracting it for a second time, 15 people in my husband's office caught it over a 2 week period (and some of their families) and I'm personally still ill - I just can't seem to shake the after-effects, all this time later, but I am hoping that when I get the vaccine, things will improve.

As always, there are positives every month, and I'm going to talk you through what I've loved in May. Again, it's not really focused on products, which is why I don't call these posts favourites - it's been experiences, rather than 'things', and some great TV thrown in for some good measure, because the weather really hasn't been great here, so we've had plenty of time to watch TV!

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Friday, 28 May 2021

Want a new face palette? Here are the 2021 top three releases....


Want a new face palette? Here are the 2021 top three releases.


Every Spring/Summer, face palettes are one of the most popular beauty releases, which makes sense because having a bronzer, blush and highlighter in one palette is very convenient, particularly if you are travelling. Whenever I go on holiday, or for a weekend away, I always take a palette like this, for convenience. Today, I'm sharing my top three of the new releases. You obviously don't need three...... I just have a bit of a problem!

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Taking care of my balayaged hair....

 

Taking care of my balayaged hair

As soon as the hair salons opened, I was booked in for a cut and balayage - my hair hadn't been cut since last July, so it was badly needed. The photo above doesn't really do justice to  the blend and how many tones are in my hair. I'm in love with it. This time last year, it was very dark brown, bordering on black, so it's a huge change and suits my complexion so much better. I had my first session of balayage done last summer, but it needed redoing, so the lift in colour wasn't done in one go, as that would probably be too damaging to my hair. In order to keep it in good condition and to prevent it from going brassy or too warm, I have a good selection of products. It's probably not necessary to have all of these, but I'm happy to invest in my hair - the way I look at it is that I wear it every day, plus I spend a lot getting it done, so I think it makes sense to use good products to maintain it.

Taking care of my balayaged hair.



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