Friday, August 21, 2015

Debenhams Foyleside Beauty Night!

A Beauty Haul in a Beauty Hall!
Hi!
The beautiful view of the Foyle & the Peace Bridge from our meeting spot!
 Last night I had the pleasure of attending a local shopping favourite of mine, Debenhams - Foyleside in Derry City for the relaunch of their new and improved (and sparkly and amazing, let's be real here,) Beauty Hall.  And let me tell you, it was fantastic!

Cupcakes & The Craic
For years +Debenhams , and particularly their beauty floor has been the go-to place for all my cosmetic needs and wants. Recently, with the much anticipated arrival of +MAC Cosmetics (arrived July 17th!) the people at Debenhams-Derry decided that a complete overhaul was called for, and the makeup makeover took place. 

The new Beauty Hall features high end cosmetic brands such as Chanel, Urban Decay, Bare Minerals, Dior, Estee Lauder, Clarins, Lancome and Benefit, and of course, now, MAC!

Sparkle and shimmer from UD's counter + some goodies from the amazing gift bags given!




J'adore <3
The night started off with the #BeautyBloggers being greeted by the lovely PR guru Laura and a select few of the fantastic staff from the store, where they provided us with bubbly, cupcakes, and the buzz about what we'd see on the tour of the over hauled beauty hall. It was also brilliant to get a little catch up with so many of the #FABB ladies from Belfast / around NI that I rarely get the chance to see since all our events are far flung for me where as this was, finally, local! So, getting to see them and to meet some new faces that are blogging out of Derry and the North West is just great!


UD blush heaven!
Swoot Swoo +MAC Cosmetics new makeup vanities 

 We were then walked through the various counters that are available in Debs-Derry and some of the new services they provide. You know, on top of being The Makeup Mecca of the North West now (as dubbed by me, but it seriously is I swear!). 



How cute is this pick N mix from +Clarins ???


At +Benefit Cosmetics we were talked through their newest service in-store waxing! They have a pretty little set up of a private room (Benefit-ed out to the max, you'll even have your own Bene-towels and robes!). This is a great service for anyone on the go, you have a one stop shop - literally - for any necessary waxing, a quick facial, and a professionally applied makeup application all without stepping outside! Here for this! Right?


The Benefit ladies on hand to show us all their new products! So lovely!


Wax on, Wax off!


Hello again!
 The staff on the night could not have been more welcoming or helpful, or generous come to that as we all received multiple gift bags with an array of goodies from the floor. Ranging from Gucci perfumes, Benefit makeup and skincare (the new eye-primer BB cream that I'll be sure to review on here soon!) Urban Decay eye-shadows and blush samples, Clairns skincare perfect plane sized too! Some sweet Origins skin mask and serum samples and a very sleek +Dolce & Gabbana wallet - perfect as a makeup pouch or as I plan to use it, as a wallet for my travel documents and passport when I fly to New York in a few weeks! All to name a few! It was like Christmas, as it was teamed up with a generous £50 voucher for the Beauty Hall - that I didn't have time to spend on the night but as it's local I'll be sure to be back - maybe close to my birthday next month to treat myself!

Such an education over at +Clinique UK !




Big +Origins fan so sampling their newest range is exciting! Love the pale pink too, very sweet.

Urban Decay Makeup Artist at work! <3


Derry already has so much to offer in terms of culture and history that it's wonderful to see from a local perspective, the investments continuing to be made by big companies such as the new addition of MAC and the expansion of already successful businesses such as +Debenhams that employ and empower so many.  












+Benefit Cosmetics UK & Ireland goodies <3

We need a bigger backdrop! :o


So if you haven't already, you definitely should pop in, see the fab staff and treat yourself! There is literally so much to choose from, if you could have spent a day in there before, you could spend a week in there now! 


Thanks for reading! 


xo







Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jessica Alba's 'Honest Company' Launch Beauty Line.



While it's not a household name in this part of Europe, Jessica Alba's billion dollar company has been making headlines, for all the wrong reasons on this side of the pond (you know, nappies burning skin, sunscreen not doing all that much screening! Eek!) But, I figure my lovely American readers (Hi thanks for popping by all of you :D!!) would be interested to know that her company is set to launch it's own beauty line on September 9th. 



As you know, I'm always on the lookout, not only for new cosmetic lines to try (because hey, who doesn't like trying new makeup, right?!) but to find some that have a certain ethical code, that also promise to be kind to skin and offer as many naturally based ingredients as possible, it's a mission. But, when you stumble upon them it's rewarding in a weird makeup obsessed way, right?


The beauty line will have it's own website too, and as such may be hoping to distance itself from the product fail scandal of late.

The collection promises to include a whopping 17 options for skincare, and a 66-product makeup range including lip pencils, concealer, blushes, eye shadow to name a few pieces. The skincare options will, apparently, offer SPF-infused moisturizers (made from an entirely different formula from the failboat ones causing all the scandal, thankfully!. They'll also offer skin cleansers and eye creams all with the promise from THC that it would be made from natural ingredients, naturally.

So my question is this, do we care? Do we need another celebrity beauty range making us promises that it may be unable realistically to keep? As seen by the SPF fails and such within their other lines?


Hm. I'm not sure, but having options is never a bad thing. My American peeps will have to tell me all about if they decide to give The Honest Company an Honest try! (Sorry, I do love a good pun!) 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lauren's Way Tanning Giveaway!




Calling all TOWIE fans that just love to fake bake! 


If you love nothing more than a deep, rich, self tan all year around (and particularly during our lovely unpredictable summer!) then this giveaway is for you!

I'm giving away two tanning products from the Lauren's Way tanning line. Brought to you by The Only Way is Essex star Lauren +Laurens Way Ltd  #LWIreland via CMPR Ireland!!

In the bundle the winner will receive a 100ml bottle of 'Darker than Dark'  LW Self Bronzing Lotion, a 150ml Solution 60 Rapid tanning Mousse, and a LW 'Big Bun' hair accessory!

How to enter: 

All you have to do to enter is Like the Editor-in-chic  Facebook page, like and share the post featuring this giveaway! For more chances to win be sure and leave a little comment!

Be sure to check out  http://www.laurensway.com/ for more info!

Good luck!! :D

Competition runs until midnight  Aug 26th 2015.






Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Beauty Sleep!

As someone who regularly battles with insomnia the video from +Bensons for Beds via +Marie Claire  was somewhat enlightening, and in equal measure, a little terrifying.

She says as she writes this blog post at basically 3am.


 What is the point, I thought, suddenly, of faffing about with skincare and makeup to keep oneself fresh as a daisy, if the daisy is suffering massively because of my lack of sleep! Lack of sleep can be brought on by a number of things - stress, too much caffeine, uncomfortable bed, you name it there's probably something you're doing or thinking that's stopping you (and me, God, so me) from catching those much needed 40 winks!

Stress has got to be my number one, and 'eliminating stress' while often the gospel according to everyone ever, is, sadly, easier said than done. But, we try our best. We make our beds and bedrooms a fluffy, happy, serene place to snooze, we try and turn off the TV at a reasonable hour (laptops are harder, damn you internet!) we take hot baths, we attempt it all!



Even cutting down on our beloved caffeine, which, honestly, I'm going through withdrawals after a day and a half, I should be awarded sleep for my lack of diet coke, right?

Wrong, just a massive never ending headache unfortunately. So I cave. But, one tin a day won't kill me, right?


Well... that's another topic altogether! But definitely attempt to keep yourself as hydrated as possible, it really does help! Even if water can be sometimes just ugh,

But, back to the topic at hand... the test!

So, the video itself takes these women on day one after a proper night's sleep, and examine their skin in excruciating detail (brave, ladies, so brave!) and then, almost a week of under-sleeping if you will, they come back and do the same thing, and the results are compared.

It's a little scary how much change in a person's skin can appear in such a short period of time.


So to prepare for the battle once more, there are a few things that I've just been dying to try, just to see for myself if they could work for me.

First up is the gorgeous and sweet smelling Lavender Eye-Mask as rec'd by the lovely +Lisa Eldridge  via +BEAUTY BAY from The Holistic Silk eye mask.

Secondly we have the  This Works With Sleep Comes Beauty Hero Duo that I've heard nothing but amazing things about, and feel like, yeah, this might do something!

Besides, even if the spray fell flat, the primer has to be a plus, right?


As I normally do, if all else fails reach for my best eye cream (currently obsessed with the +Origins ginzing eye cream!) prep my skin the best I can and keep my makeup routine in the lanes of 'simple!' 'fresh!' 'wide eyed' and 'flushed' regions before going about my day.

My fresh-face-despite-three-hours-sleep go to is usually the following


+Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream - I have a tiny sample size of this and I can't wait to get a full size! 



+BourjoisFrance CC Cream in the shade IVORY 

My +AnastasiaBeverlyHills Brow Pomade, this item is so portable and I adore it for a defined brow. Though, for long distance travel I wager the pencil is probably your best best!


Finished off with a flush to the cheeks and lips with two subtle but uplifting shades of blush and lippie! With my +MAC Cosmetics creme blend blush in 'Unlimited' and their long-wear pro lip creme in 'overtime', that I'm almost out of and it's sold out! But they both do a great job of finishing p the fresh face attempts no matter how tired I am!

MAC 'unlimited'
What are some of your go-to items or tricks for when you can't get those much needed ZZs?!