Saturday, 23 July 2016

The smell of holidays

I am of course talking about Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt. I bought the 30ml bottle at Dublin airport last year while I was on my way to France. I must admit that I used it up pretty quickly… shamefully fast really considering the price.

Ever since I have used it up I have completely been lusting after this fresh scent again. I cannot describe it, perhaps it's because it was my "holiday fragrance" last year, but while browsing in Brown Thomas recently and spritzing myself with it I was instantly transported to the hazy lazy days I spent on holiday.

This scent isn't your cliched coconutty/fruity scent usually associated with Summer perfumes. This is completely different to me. I am absolutely dire at describing scents. All I can say is that it smells wonderfully fresh and absolutely unique.

So this year, again I found myself at Dublin airport bound for Lake Como. And I thought, feck it, I am going to treat myself. And I bought the 100ml bottle.

I was telling the sales assistant about how this fragrance just transports me to Summer holidays and she said the lady she served before me said the exact same thing!

I wouldn't exclusively use this scent just for Summer. It's pretty universal for all year round. But it has that wonderful nostalgic quality and I am absolutely in love.

Anyway, my trip to Lake Como was rather fabulous too. We didn't get the best weather while we were there but it didn't spoil it in the slightest. I mean, those views are pretty amazing no matter what.

I will finish off with a nice photograph I took one wet evening in Bellagio. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Wedding Style!

I was at a wedding yesterday and thought I would share what I wore! I actually had a lot of fun choosing this outfit and putting it all together.

The dress is from a brand called Soma London which I found in a boutique in town. The shoes are from the Bourbon Amy Huberman collection.

Necklace and bracelet are from the Newbridge Guinness collection.

My bag was a really cute one by Lollipops, it was great and had so much room! The shiny part was a really good match for my shoes and it has a delicate pink lace detail that nicely contrasted with my dress.

I had a really good day & hope you liked this post! I don't often do style related posts but this was fun.

Friday, 1 April 2016

YSL Touché Eclat Slogan Edition

Last week this little beauty arrived on my doorstep. Touché Eclat was a staple in my make up bag a couple of years ago! I didn't repurchase it of late as I was trying out other concealers.

The truth is, concealer under my eyes doesn't quite work for me. It doesn't matter what I use or what consistency the formula is, concealer always settles into my fine lines and genuinely makes me look older than I am (I'm only 27 by the way! I shouldn't be having this problem but it's just the natural contours of my eye).

Touché Eclat is the only thing that genuinely makes me look more awake and it's so lightweight it's the only product that doesn't affect me how concealers do.

I know touché Eclat isn't concealer as such. It's a brightening product that can be used to highlight anywhere on the face. I'm quite lucky I don't have any dark circles to hide as Touché Eclat wouldn't quite be heavy duty enough to disguise the aul eye bags.

So what I'm trying to say is, I didn't realise how much I missed it until now I have it again :)

These new slogan editions are available now, this one describes me perfectly as I do sometimes have trouble sleeping and this is my secret weapon to make me look bright eyed!

Sunday, 6 March 2016

My Top 3 Favourite Brands

Number one favourite brand…of course, Cocoa Brown. It is the only fake tan I will ever use. It gives the most perfect colour for Irish skin tones, it applies beautifully and basically is fool proof. Also Cocoa Brown have the best tanning prep products and I have been enjoying playing around with the Golden Goddess oil (can't wait to use this in the summer). 

Number two favourite brand is MAC… they just have got it all, haven't they! Their lipsticks are amazing, their eyeshadows are brilliant and I use the foundation and concealer every day. Also love fun products like their glitters and limited edition things (I just love looking at the Cinderella powder pictured - it's so stylised Disney looking!). They are also not the most expensive brand out there I don't think and are really accessible to all. 

My final favourite brand is of course Clarins. You have heard me rave about Clarins on this blog many a time before so I won't bore you with more of that. I just love the elegance of their products. Their bases are amazing (if you haven't tried the concealer yet you must!) and they also make lip products like no other brand. Also for Summer they always bring out the most amazing collections! 

Honorable mention goes to Lancome and Too Faced, I love those brands as well but I just haven't tried enough of their products to say that they are my favourite "brands".

Thursday, 3 March 2016

New Skincare Favourites - Bioderma, MooGoo, Bia Beauty

Aaaah Bioderma why did I not discover you long ago. I thought I was scarred for life of water cleansers after using the Clarins One Step cleanser which literally eroded my face. But I was forking out £20 a go for a 125ml bottle of Clarins eye make up remover (which is amazing even though it's expensive) and I just happened to move to Bioderma, because I thought well I can get a 500ml bottle for £12, I could use this for my eye make up remover instead!

Turns out this stuff is absolutely amazing and I use it to initially remove all my make up now. As you can see I have it in various sizes too…the baby one is 100ml so you can take it in your hand luggage. My fave is the 500ml bottle though because it's the best value and lasts me a good 4 or 5 months!

Now you may have heard me chatting about Bia Beauty in an earlier post. I love this stuff! It's good, it's natural, it's fresh and beautiful and gives my skin life. The exfoliator/cleanser is the only product gentle enough to tackle yet aid my dry skin patches. The moisturiser is just so lightweight and glorious to apply. I am using the eye gel as well though I am not sure how I feel about it yet. It feels very nice and cooling on the eyes (and a little tightening too!). The Feed Your Skin set has all you need for your facial cleansing/moisturising routine. And it costs €45, not bad! 

This is a new addition (using it about 3 weeks) but already I have to include it. After hearing so many bloggers talk about MooGoo I really wanted to give it a go myself. I saw my local chemist had some of their products so out of curiosity I picked these two. Now confession time… I did not read the package properly and thought I was buying a cleanser and a moisturiser. In actual fact, I bought the Blemish Cleansing Moisturiser, which I guess is designed for blemish prone skin (which I do not have), however when I used it, I thought it actually performed like a cleanser, in that I was massaging it into my face like nobody's business but it wasn't absorbing into my skin at all, the product was still on the surface of my skin. So I have been using it in that fashion and then wiping off the excess with a wash cloth. It smells so amazing and almost edible…like lovely vanilla ice cream. I have also used it on any body acne and I have to say it did clear that up.
Now the Full Cream moisturiser….oh my god. It looks and smells like real double cream. Delicious! This is a nice thick but not sticky moisturiser and it is so satisfying putting this on. it has that lovely dairy cream smell and it's just so nice I find it hard not to want to eat it! ha!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Newbridge Silverware Guinness Collection Rose Gold Pendant

Bit of a different post from me today, but I really wanted to show you this lovely necklace which I got for Christmas.

I'm not really a big jewellery wearer. I will put my Fossil watch on when I remember about it! But generally I find wearing jewellery a little uncomfortable. I'm always aware of it being on me. But I really wanted a nice piece to have, a keepsake piece.

I wanted something special and Newbridge have some fantastic jewellery, and while I do think the Grace Kelly collection looks beautiful (as does the Maureen O'Hara collection), I felt that I probably wouldn't wear them all that often and also that perhaps they were a little old fashioned for me?

Anyway, I came across the Guinness collection which is absolutely beautiful in rose gold and black. This chunky pendant was just right up my street. It can be worn everyday with casual wear or dressed up for a night out. It is almost reminiscent of medieval style jewellery I think?

I adore the black presentation box, it just looks very classy altogether! Anyway, my dad did buy this for me for Christmas which makes it all the more special to me. I just love looking at it! (and i really want the matching bracelet…)

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Lately I have kind of had an obsession with Too Faced. I never really knew anything about the brand other than I thought their products were way too expensive! That all changed when back last summer I got the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette which for me is the mother of all eyeshadow palettes and the best money I'd ever spent!

Anyway I had watched numerous YouTube reviews on this foundation and was dying to try it for myself. I do love a good full coverage foundation. My lovely friend Danielle (AKA Lilliwhiterose) very kindly sent me her bottle as she felt this shade was too dark on her.

So this is the shade Vanilla, and it's definitely quite deep as vanilla shades go. I have included a comparison photo with MAC Pro Longwear NW15 so you can see the difference. Too Faced's Vanilla is a good couple of shades deeper and rather yellow toned. But I have quite a neutral skin tone and I can make it work. It also matches perfectly when I have a layer of Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan on!

So this is labelled as an "undetectable medium to full coverage foundation". Infused with coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid. So it's great for us dry skinned gals. It's oil free also so I imagine this would work on pretty much all skin types?

Anyway, one pump of this is enough to cover my entire face and neck. I use the Real Techniques sponge to apply generally. It blends really smoothly and evenly, and although it feels incredibly lightweight the coverage is fantastic. I personally would only wear one light layer of this for fear of it looking caked on if I applied any more.

It wears really well on me and still looks nice and fresh at the end of the day. The finish is more of a Demi matte I would say.

I've really been enjoying this foundation and it has been my base of choice over the Winter. The bottle is very cute as well, it looks very fancy on my dressing table!

Once again I'm really quite impressed with Too Faced though I do think this foundation is rather on the expensive side, £29 on the Debenhams website. If you're willing to splurge on it I say check it out!