Showing posts with label Cosmetics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cosmetics. Show all posts

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Few Festive Faves!

The tree is up, the fire is keeping us toasty, all the lights are twinkling and the angelic little decoration rests atop the tree. And you may or may not have had the Kelly Clarkson Christmas album on repeat for days ...  Lovely, right? So lovely. But that's not all there is to it, there's also people - lots and lots of them if you're like me that require gifts for the festive 'everyone you know and a few you don't comes to visit' period.

If like me 2014 was a bit of a roller-coaster, it's a great opportunity to push yourself into the spirit of things around you and attempt to see the year out on a more positive note. And what a better way of doing that than gifting and stocking filling for the ones you love, the ones that have seen you through the previous 12months with some of the cutest items out there?


First up is an adorable site I found earlier in the year on the hunt for a new phone case - +Society6 offers the most creative designs from Geek to Chic in Women's, Men's, Home &Accessories. Shops and artists from all over the world contribute and let me tell you, I've lost an hour or two there browsing for unique home accessories or some sweet and environmentally friendly shopping totes!
Today they have a fab deal on their totes including $5 off AND free worldwide shipping, so get on that! I may or may not have sneaked a little tote as a treat for myself.

Oops?

Cute though, right?

Speaking of phone covers, I've become a bit of a addict of late. I chop and change far too much but there are just so many, and they're all beautiful. I'm currently rocking the shiny shield from +Captain America: The Winter Soldier which is just a little bit geeky but rather bad-ass looking if I do say so myself. (A+ film as well, check it out, one of the best of 2014!)But for gifting I've chosen the sweet and chic case from +kate spade new york via couture.zappos.com which is just beautiful and something I wouldn't mind finding in my stocking come Christmas morning!


On the cosmetics side of things, 2014 was another year of trial and error with makeup and skincare. But the fight continues, right? Two of my favourites this year (one based on packaging alone, because I am a magpie apparently) is the forever fave of +Benefit Cosmetics - Everything they do somehow becomes a favourite, and as much as I love a dupe every now and then I find it hard to give up my Beneobsession for anything. A great stocking filler I found is their Sugarlicious Deliciously nude…lip & cheek kit £25.50. Perfect for the fashionista among your ranks (or you know, a gift to yourself because hey, why not?) who wants to try out the mini versions of timeless classics such as their -
  • Benetint rose-tinted lip & cheek stain
  • High beam luminescent complexion enhancer
  • Sugarbomb "sugar rush flush" face powder
  • Ultra plush sugarbomb lip gloss
The second one was all +Agent Carter's fault or more so Hayley Atwell and her twittering for introducing me to the +Besame Cosmetics that they use for character and for the new show coming in January. The 40s look in makeup has always been a favourite of mine, and her look is just so flawlessly done - and we share a skintone and hair colouring so it's always good to know what might work on me from little details like that. The Besame cosmetics are so unique, they are packaged as if they came straight from the 40s and 50s, and their quality is simply stunning. On my wishlist is the 40s perfection that is the Red Velvet lippy! But check out their authentic style of mascaras and press powders. Perfect for that little something different that no one else is sure to have thought of! 

The splurge item on the list is of course the flawless @JoMaloneLondon. For obvious reasons  really - her scents are just amazing and long lasting, and the candles - while expensive are a real treat and a tiny luxury that is sure to be cherished!

Everyone, man woman or child in my opinion should have a cashmere scarf in their wardrobe. Not only are they incredibly soft, cosy and long lasting, but chances are they're super stylish as well. The one I chose for the list comes from +Nasty Gal in a nude/pink check pattern that is sure to compliment just about every coat/jacket combo and will surely keep you looking put together and polished even when there is no time for effort at all! Plus, did I mention softer than a kitten? Yes please.

The two final items are ones I have already and love - the Ugly Christmas Jumper has become somewhat of a thing this past few years, and love them or loathe them, they are EVERYWHERE. I was partial to this red one from +boohoo.com with a quote from a childhood classic Home Alone. It's cute without being too in your face, or so I tell myself. Either way it works out great for that Ugly Christmas Jumper 'night out' that everyone and their mother seems to be doing now too.

Clubbing in a jumper, is this 1990? Apparently!

And last but not least, a little sweet Karma. Via +Amazon.com these simple but elegant pieces go with every outfit, casual to formal they are delicate and beautiful and averaging around €30+ a gift that's sure to impress!

(Olaf included only if you sit to watch Frozen for the nine millionth time, sorry folks!)

Whatever you're getting up to this Holiday season I hope you do it happily, safely and full of love.

Till next time!

Laura
xo


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!



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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Monday, April 15, 2013

#Makeup Monday! : Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer.

Hi guys! Day two of Theme Week and we have #Makeup Monday! I have to share with you one of my 'holy grail' products - in fact this entire line of products earn a rightful place on that list, but this in particular is the latest addition! The +Bourjois Paris Deutschland. For the longest time I had issues with conclear, as most of us do from time to time, but because I never knew my 'type' of skin I was using products too drying for the skin type I'm stuck with and thus making it so much worse. That went on for a few years, before I really began getting into skincare and makeup and started really paying attention, from then on out I've tried to make more educated choices and not just pick something because 'ooh pretty' - but to be honest that wins out every now and again, I won't lie!

With the Healthy Mix range I've fallen in love with the original foundation ( a staple!) and even the serum (which apparently is better for my skin type but I still prefer the original, personal preference an all that jazz) and now the concealer.


I purchased the lightest shade (51) as we know it's for my Casper skin tone, so the lightest fits perfectly on me. In the photos (I blame my crappy lighting, sorry!) It appears a little more yellow toned than it is in real life and in day light for that matter, but trust me if you are a pale chick like me these are plenty pale!

Everyone and their Mamma knows what a fantastic brand Bourjois is, I mean it's been on the go since the 1800s and there are not very many brands today that can claim that kind of longevity, so they must be doing something right, right?

Damn right.


I stopped using their foundations to try others this past few weeks, and as far as highstreet available brands are concerned this is my favourite - I'm not scared to say it, they're THAT good.

The conclear itself goes on smooth, and creamy with a rich texture of satin as it glides on the under eye and on any discolouration or blemishing you may have. It's so light it almost fades like moouse, but it doesn't feel sticky or heavy at all and for someone with dry skin this is a God send.  Basically if you haven't given this brand a chance, you need to experiment with a company that have been serving us ladies since before your Granny's Granny was in lipstick!

10/10

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Balance Me : Extra Care Radiance Face Oil - Review!



Having previously tried and reviewed the Balance Me eye cream (find the review here if you’re interested!) I was curious about the brands other items for all skin types, so when I received this *BalanceMe Radiance Face oil, I was thrilled to give it a whirl. Now I know what you’re thinking, probably what I was thinking when I first saw it ‘face oil, but won’t that leave me with an oil slick?’ and the answer is ‘really not!’

 I promise! 


Even though I have dry / dehydrated skin I was still a little bit weary of applying a straight oil to my face just in case I would end up with a full oil slick. So, I applied it on a day where I knew I wasn’t going to be seeing a lot of people, again, just in case. And well, I needed not have worried because as soon as I applied it (two of three drops is really all you need) and rubbed them between my hands to warm the oil up it went on my skin like a dream and really absorbed itself in there within a minute or so. Right away I could notice a glow, even ten or so minutes after the application had completely dried itself into my skin, there was still a little something, and my skin felt soft and smooth but not at all greasy which is what I was worried about. 


The Balance Me peeps promise us that their product is 100% natural, which is a fantastic promise to make when so much of our cosmetics and skincare is so full of secret nasites that aren’t helping our skin or our pockets very much at all. They also promise that this:

Highly emollient yet super-absorbent, our 100% natural powerfully active face oil with Amazonian buriti nut oil, Roman chamomile, yarrow and benzoin feeds skin lacking in lustre with a rich, replenishing blend of skin-boosting and smoothing ingredients. Suitable for all skin types, including combination complexions.




When I started using this, a few weeks ago now, I applied it before makeup in the morning and after cleansing at night for over a week straight to see if I could see any results in that time period. I noticed of course the radiance promise came true and that I could even get away with some light BB cream during the day instead of full foundation and still have that brightened glow to my skin that I loved. The second thing that I noticed at the end of the first week was the texture of my skin. Now, I don’t have many acne scars or ‘lumpy’ surfaces on my face – but the dryness affected areas with little annoying patches and by the end of the first week I noticed they’d been reduced seriously to what they were before.

Now I had a few tiny blemishes here and there whilst using this, but another thing I found was – they seemed to reduce when I would apply this. Not completely disappear or anything, but they were smaller and seemed to heal a little faster than normal – could that have been down to the chamomile or benzoin (also known to have healing properties – and acts as an  antiseptic) or the combo of all the ingredients or just the oil itself? I think it might, either way it is a nice little side effect right? 


The @BalanceMe Radiance Oil retails for £30 for 30ml and £15for 10ml and while that is a little  pricey, it is what I would view as a luxury skincare product. And since you literally only need a drop or two at a time, it isn’t something you can't really over-use, even using it twice daily now, there is only a little dent in the amount used. So, I really think it would be worth the price if like me you’re having issues with dry / dull skin and are looking for that extra little something to pep your skin up! Well worth a try, and I can't wait to try out the rest of their range! 

9/10

Laura / EIC
xox

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush : Review




Not to be confused with the +Maybelline UK  Dream Mousse Blush, the new Dream Touch Blush is a cream whipped formula rather than a mousse this time and it has a more developed colour pigment I think in comparison that allows for a better pay off on the skin colour wise. I have been using this blush for about two weeks now; it’s been my go-to blush as I have been keeping my skin very minimal in terms of makeup. So, daily makeup is basically just a little liquid foundation or BB cream depending on the day, concealer, mascara and this.



 I’ve just really been trying to take it back to basics since the New Year and really in terms of streamlining my life, my wardrobe and now my makeup for everyday I’ve been enjoying the less-is-more approach, and from the feel of things, so has my skin. 


I liked this blush because it was a creamy texture first of all, and the shade seemed like it would be really flattering on my super pale skin tone (and it is) and I wanted a ‘natural looking flush’ to my cheeks which I really think this product delivers. It doesn’t have a heavy feel on the skin, it doesn’t become patchy or caked over time (after eight hours I noticed it was still going strong!) and it really does just brighten up the cheek with a touch of shimmer ingrained through the product, there isn’t too much so it’s not like you’d be disco crazy lady by using this, but it is just enough to provide a little bit of highlight as well as pigment. 


I picked shade 06 Berry, and for my skin-tone it's been great and because it's has that soft buttery texture it's so unbelievably easy to blend into the cheeks - using either your fingers or I use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and it leaves things flawless and natural, like I've been for brisk walk when I haven't (and we know this because my hair is probably still in place!)

It retails for : £6.49 and be found in your local Boots!


Geek Chic or Just Geek? Hmm ;)
Laura / EIC
xox

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jessica Alba - Style!

Jessica Alba - Style.



 Over the past few years the acting has taken a backseat to her attempt at re-branding her image as a ‘Professional mommy’ almost, and with this new book it just seals the deal. But her style has evolved and grown into something truly comfort-chic and I have to say I’m in love with all her looks lately. From the hair to the super flattering makeup ( I mean, it helps that she’s Jessica Alba, let’s be real) but it’s all so effortless looking even if a lot of effort has been put in. A+ style!



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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Balance Me 'extra care' Wonder Eye Cream Review.



I’m a long time getting around to this eye cream, mainly because it’s sat in the ‘use soon’ pile and I’ve sort of forgot it was there. About a month ago, I re-discovered it and decided to use it religiously to see if it did what it said on the tin…er tube

So far, it has not irritated my extremely sensitive Irish girl skin, and it has left the very delicate under-eye skin looking rather hydrated. It's a super light formula and you only need the tiniest bit to get around both your under eyes. I started by squeezing about the size a small amount on to my ring finger, then dabbing my two ring fingers together to that I end up with a little bit on each that I can then dab on very gently under my eyes with both fingers. 

The Balance Me people promise with this product: 

A triple-action eye cream to help revitalise weary eyes, smooth away dark shadows and reduce the appearance of fine lines with super hydrating hyaluronic acid to help brighten and smooth the delicate skin around the eyes.


This for all skin types, I find it works well with my dry/dehydrated skin as I often get tiny patches under my eyes or right by my nose, particularly when the weather is cold, which in Ireland is practically all the time! I also find I often miss that area when moisturising my face with regular moisturiser, so it is good to have something that targets just that area that is light and not cakey or heavy on such a delicate area.   

The product also claims to be 99% natural and cruelty free and filled with ingredients such as ‘blended Roman chamomile and skin-brightening lemon, cucumber oil and witch hazel with super hydrating hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidant spruce knot, softening and smoothing virgin coconut, rosehip and carrot oils. It all sounds great, right? And I have to say while I was skeptical on whether or not it would work – for me it was the patchy issue as well dark/grey blue shading under my eyes (I blame constant glasses wearing for this!) and one or two fine lines, I was on the lookout more so for the brightening affect. I have to say after a month, I have seen some decent improvement, and I feel if I went to bed at a decent hour I might even see more! 


 Wonder Eye Cream retails for £11.00 for 7ML and £20.00 for 15ML.