Showing posts with label Boots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Boots. Show all posts

Saturday, November 23, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Chrisma.... okay so not yet!

Is it just me or does Christmas marketing start earlier every year? I know it's not uncommon now to see Halloween decorations and Christmas decor sharing an aisle in many shops. I think, personally, it's a bit much. Each year stores and brands get more and more aggressive in their push for Christmas sales and even though we think we're getting great bargains we're really not, it's far too calculated now, and I miss when we were little and it seemed that little bit more special!

But, my skepticism aside, I do love to indulge in the Christmas shop as much as the next girl so I guess their crazy marketing wins!  So before the big mad rush starts, I'll keep things simple this week with a couple of cosmetic try-outs that I've been using for a few weeks now.

Starting with some #Bourjois Paris Shine Edition Lippy! This is a bold raspberry red that can be layered to add more depth to the colour or worn with one application for a softer, easier to wear, everyday shade. I love the Shine Edition Lipsticks because they're like a balm, soft and smooth but not sticky like a regular lip-gloss, but it still gives your lips that lovely glossy finish all the while keeping your lips hydrated for 'up to ten hours' - or so they say. If I had to compare them to anything it would be the Rouge Coco Shine from +CHANEL . Either way, the shades are adorable and they're all available on the highstreet if you'd like to try! I got mine in +Boots UK



#Collection's Lasting Perfection Foundation - I bought this after having been a massive fan of the Lasting Perfecting Concealer for such a long time. This is for someone that is used to lighter foundations as of late, a rather thick consistency for a high street foundation. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's worked well on the days where I needed that little bit extra coverage, and like the formula of the concealer it really doesn't move once applied. This, in itself is both great and awful. Mainly because even though I bought the lightest shade available, it still appeared dark on me and when it set  there seemed to be a ring in parts even though I blended everything properly down my neck. So, I'm not sure about this one, but as seen on my hand it really does a great job with a small amount, in covering not only veins but redness too. If you like a more full coverage that sticks around all day this one might be worth a whirl!



Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Faves! Most reached for products in July!

July Favourites



Topshop lips makeup, €12 / Benefit bronzing powder, €20 / Neutrogena face wash, €5,27 / Elizabeth Arden , €15 / Clarins , €26 / Topshop 


Hi peeps! How is it almost August already? This year is seriously whooshing by isn't it! Anyway, since I rarely do 'favourite' posts I figured this would be a good one to do because we actually got something of a summer this past month and I've been able to enjoy having a tan - albeit a fake one. Being fair skinned, I'm prone to burning more than tanning, so it's just waste of time and skin for me really, and it's just encouraging wrinkles in the long run and no one has time for that! So, I fake bake when I get the chance. I may have to do a separate post on that though if you're interested at all!  

+Clarins  Sunscreen Care Milk Lotion Spray SPF 50

 Yep, SPF50 I was taking no chances! I liked this formula over the other more traditional sunscreens as it was thinner and easier absorbed for me. I dislike that about the cream formulas that they are so thick and take so long to dry in and again, no one has time for that. This was great because that 'milk' texture meant it absorbed super quick and didn't leave me waiting around flapping my arms like a bird trying to get it to dry quicker!Clarins is fab in general for skincare (their beauty flash balm is a must-have imo!) so this being great was no surprise. If you're looking for a quick way to do protection, this might be an option! 

+Benefit Cosmetics UK  Benefit Sunbeam

Ah, Sunbeam, I only ever get to use this when I am fake tanning, because again, being so pale it just doesn't really work on my natural skin-tone (however, Highbeam - it's paler sister is amazing for everyday glow).  It's fab on the cheeks on top of some bronzer, to give that sun-kissed glow an even bigger kiss. Highly recc this if you're struggling to find the balance between tanned and healthy or tangoed. This added to the glow without over doing it on the fake bake or the bronzer, imo! 

+Topshop Lips in "Trigger"


Topshop's makeup range is a wee babe, isn't it? I really adore their packaging (and being me, I'm a fool for pretty packaging!) and their consistences in shimmers and lipsticks have been great, at least in the ones I've picked up thus far. Trigger is a great deep ruby red, and teamed with super pale skin can be really vampy for a night out, or toned down with darker skin, it can have add an equally 'dressed up' feel to any outfit. I didn't find this drying at all, and the pigment was great and lasted well on my lips.

 TOPSHOP Nail Polish "Pale pink"

 I picked this up with the lipstick last month and sort of forgot about it, but I have been wearing some shade of pink on my nails since June, and this was what I wore for most of July. It's a great subtle shade with flecks of shimmer, but it's not too over powering on the shimmer which can be really off putting in a shade as girlish as this. It chipped easily, but I blame my lack of topcoat on that really, and I was working my fingers to the bonnnne *dramatic sigh* this month too - oops!


  Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner - black.
+RimmelLondon
I had heard so much on the blogging sphere about the new Scandaleyes, and I have the nude one that I use from time to time on my waterline to brighten up my eyes. But I hadn't tried the good old fashioned black kohl. Consider me converted though, it's really smooth for a drugstore/high street liner - usually I find them rough and a bit harsh on the eyes for the upper lash line work etc. This one glided on smooth as you like and actually stayed put! In that 30 degree heat, that was no easy feat. For the price it's been a really good buy this month.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant The Original.
+ElizabethArden HOFdundrum

 Good old Eight Hour Cream eh? I don't know about you, but I tend to go through phases with this. I use it obsessively, or not a all it seems. I've been reaching for it a lot this month because obviously, in the heat, your skin can go one of two ways depending on the type. You can either go oil overload, or it get dry, and for some reason now, mine does both. Shiny forehead, dry lip / chin area. The joys! Not. This however has been super handy to have in the handbag this month for my lips, lashes, eyebrows, on the days when I wasn't wearing much makeup and just wanted a little something to define my brows, or coat my lashes as I enjoyed the sunshine.  The smell can sometimes be a little overpowering but putting this on before a matte lipstick saves your lips so much hassle in the long run, and from ultimately drying out too much. 

 Rapid Clear Oil-Control Foaming Cleanser | Neutrogena

This one was a random purchase on one of my many trips to +Boots UK. I haven't used a #Neutrogena skin care product in a very, very long time. I was in a rush, and picked what I saw first as I needed a scrub. Surprisingly, this was kind of amazing? I mean, I was expecting to have the same reaction to it that I has as a teen (which was breakout city!) That didn't really happen with this, and it did keep sort of combat my shine issue - particularly if I wasn't up for makeup / powder etc. It smells nice, nothing too exciting mind, but nice, and the grains in the scrub aren't too harsh on more sensitive skins either which is a plus. Again, for the price, can I really argue? It does what it says really well, but I might have to limit my use because when it says 'rapid' oil control, it's not messing around. I figure this means if I over-use it might dry out my face completely. I'll keep you posted! 

 Last but not least, a worthy mention for my eyeshadows of choice since mid-June... 

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I won't wax on and on about these great colours anymore than I already have! I already did that in the review you'll find if you click!


Happy August guys! What are some of YOUR July Faves? Link me below I love checking out new blogs! xox








Saturday, May 4, 2013

Spring / Summer blush edit!

Spring has sprung... at least for the rest of the world I hear it has, for Ireland, as per usual, not so much springing as pouring! But at least one thing springs eternal and that's hope, hope that someday soon the sun remembers our tiny little isle and comes for a visit. In the vain of hope we shop! We  shop for spring dresses and shoes, and of course as a beauty blogger, we shop for makeup all with that lovely fresh, new, lively spring feeling. Gone are the dark shades we embraced in winter, the deep berry tones, the vixen reds, and in with the corals, pinks and highlights.
Oh, and bronzer too. Can't forget the bronzer after months in the dark, can we? We don't want to scare small children when the sun does start to shine again and people can see our face more clearly, so bronzer is a must! My Spring/Summer edit is as follows!

MUA Cream Blush Perfection in the shade  - Bonne Mine
MAC powder blush in the shade - Dame
Bourjois Délice de Poudre 
MUA Undress Your Skin - Shimmer Highlighter
Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in the shade 06

 If you guys follow me on Instagram you'll have already seen the MUA purchases and the Bourjois too I think, when I picked them up a couple of weeks back. I have to say I really do love MUA, for such a cheap as chips price range the actual range of products and how they work is amazing. Usually it's one of those things with makeup, you get what you pay for and the cheaper end products are usually a bit... you know... meh? But so far with the MUA bits I've tried, I'm pleasantly surprised.


 I'm a little guilty of never really straying that far from the spring edit all year around. Mainly because shades like this really do bring the face to life - that forever youthful, walk-in-fresh-air look we're all after all the time is usually just a blend away if you choose the right shade for your skin tone. Being pale it's easy for me to gravitate towards the lighter shades of pink and coral to get that colour back in my cheeks while still appearing natural. I love Spring and Summer for those excuses alone, that and the 'all natural' look in makeup becomes the way of life because we just want to make the most of the good weather and our plans don't really fit into spending more than ten minutes painting our faces, right?

The MAC - Dame is one of the few powder blushes I own, and I've had it for about a year now (can you tell by how ever-so-slightly grubby it looks? Sorry!) and it's definitely one of the ones I go to for that 'flush' of life on the apples of my cheeks with minimal face and eye makeup, it works wonders for a powder - even on my dry / dehydrated skin! 

The full review on the Dream Touch Blush can be found here.





+BourjoisUK Blush and Bronzer I picked up from @BootsUK a couple of weeks ago now, on a whim as you do and for me this is the first coral shade I've gone for in a long time - with the Bonne Mine - and I have to say I really do love it. The little pots that have been around since the 1800s really do deserve their longevity in terms of great pigment, great application (complete with tiny little oval shaped application brush) and just a great price point in general. The bronzer is very pigmented too for a highstreet brand which I found surprising. I have to go a little easier on this one than I might do with say my Urban Decay baked bronzer, as I said it's mostly because of how pale I am and I don't want to look too 'over done' on a daily basis. It does however make a fantastic contour colour for me, and I've been taking advantage of that a lot in the past couple of weeks. Be careful with contouring though, if it's just minimal every day makeup you're used to doing, with that you can escalate quickly from subtle contour to ... Kim Kardasian with just a sweep of a brush. So pay attention when doing that! 

 The two MUA products I picked up ( I also picked up a contour eyebrow pencil too which I might do a full review on if you guys are interested?) I picked up the cream blush because, well, I'm a sucker for creme / cream blushes in general and for the price points (I think it was less than a fiver for each product, which I mean, come on! How could you not?) and I fancied giving them a go. So far I find the creme/ cream blush to be super blendable, however it doesn't really have very much staying power throughout the day. I guess that's to be expected, there has to be some drawbacks to it being such an affordable product, but for the price really, would you mind reapplying once or twice through the work day for what you've paid for your wee blush? I know I don't mind! I wear it, and then dot the highlighter over the top. 

Now, the @MUA highlighter is the first time in a long time that I've deviated from my usual (Benefit - Highbeam) mostly because nothing really lived up to that - and it was a creme/creamy texture too. But! This caught my eye and I'm so glad it did. For £2 I think it was? It's a really great product I've gotten so many compliments on my new glow and my healthy look since wearing this on a daily basis and I was so pleased because it literally took two seconds to apply and that - unlike the blush- really did I found have good staying power throughout the day.

Big thumbs up on all my new buys - and some old ones too! What's your Spring / Summer Blush edit? Sound off below or follow me : 

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See you soon peeps! 

xox

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Makeup, Food & Cats... Aka InstaRoundup!

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I finally caved to the pressure of Instagram, I knew I would get addicted which is why I held off for so long! Add me if you're on there too! xox

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Question Asked : Can you reccomend a Primer?

I receive a few messages via email and on Tumblr mostly every now and again on what kind of makeup I use or skincare I prefer, and tonight I got this on possibly recommending a skin primer. Without much detail to go on, I could only give a couple of my favourites. Hope it helps you guys on the hunt for the next big primer in your life too!Featuring +Boots UK +Avon Ireland +MACMAKEUP MAC
If you have any questions or comments on what I post here on on Tumblr, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

xox
EIC / Laura
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Product Review: Boots No.7.




Boots No.7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing brush.


Finally, I’ve gotten my hands on this little beauty. Having been tempted by the Clarisonic brush that came out a little while ago now, I was pained to go ahead and pay the £100+ mark for the original, and so I kept putting it off. Could I really justify over £100 (making it at least 130euro depending on the exchange) on a face brush? I himm’d and I haa’d over buying it, but in the end, I decided to search for an alternative. Knowing me as you do now, you know I love nabbing a bit of a bargain into the deal.

So, when I came across this on the Boots.co.uk website, I was excited. Since Boots have a history of road-testing their products and coming up with amazing things that do not always break the bank. Coming from No.7 (a brand within boots that works with the likes of renowned makeup artist and one of my Youtube faves Lisa Eldridge) I knew this would be just as good as the original it was clearly duping for.
Price wise it is a steal, no really, it almost is.

For this week and up until the end of February it is running at £15.00, now seriously for £15.00 you really cannot lose. It is also running on the Boots 3 for 2 deal, and so myself and my friend bought one, and we got one free (told you it was a steal!) that is serving as a cheeky birthday present for my aunt now. It was and will retail for £24.95 after the promo sale, but even at that compared to the prices floating around for the others on the market, it is still beyond reasonable in my opinion. Now since I only got this yesterday, I have only used it twice, but even at that I can really feel the difference on my skin. I have dehydrated, dry, sensitive skin, and so I decided to use it with my regular cleanser for a few minutes last night and then again this morning. There are two settings, one slow and another fast, for various areas on the face that you want to work on in more detail. It is battery powered but luckily comes accompanied with two to start, so you can check how it works straight away.

So far, it has left me with super smooth, baby soft skin.

Big thumbs up!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Current List of Products Awaiting Review!

  1. Yes to Tomatoes - range of shampoo, conditioner, scrub and hand cream!
  2. Georgous Feet, deeply intensive moisturiser (for feet)
  3. Niulife extra virgin coconut oil.
  4. Hask's Argan Oil, healing shine treatment - hair.
Can't wait to get the reviews up for you guys to see! What have you been buying lately, any star finds?


xoxo

LC.