Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


In the past year I’ve grown weary with my focus on just Beauty & Skincare on my blog.

Basically, I want to use this site to explore all the loves in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I still adore all things makeup & taking care of your skin, & I will continue to talk your ear off on those subjects, however I want to sprinkle other things in here too.

I hope you don’t mind!

I love home decor, & TV and Film ( a little I’ve touched on in the past, it was part of my degree after all!)  I love to travel, & I love to wine & dine with friends. So! Coming in 2017, Editor In Chic will have more of all of those things! Stick around, it’s about to get REAL! 😀

Ps. Thank you to the almost- 900,000– visitors, and over 2000 social followers to Editor-in-Chic in the past, it is utterly amazing to me that anyone saw anything I had to say, that many times – so much love ❤

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, January 26, 2015

Clarins Instant Concealer Review - with added Irish Humour!

Hi guys!

I'm back with this little beauty of a find that I picked up over Christmas.

The Clarins Instant concealer. 

Shame on me as I had no idea this was floating around since late 2013? And as a fan of +Clarins UK  that is a shame on me because I should have seen it, but missed it! Not anymore! Oh it's just so lovely you guys. It's very smooth and creamy though really a liquid application that offers medium coverage when set.
Now two of my faves from this brand together - Both in the shade 01!


Consistency is creamy and blends well against veins and blue skin colouring

See? No veins! Let's not comment on how pale the rest of me is compared to their palest shade shall we? So place I'm almost see through eeeek!!
My main under eye issue is that 'sunken' look you get some times from being dehydrated and sleep deprived and all the other things that life throws at you, not so much the blue/dark under circle issues but more the 'oh dear she's near death??' looks if I go without makeup because team that with the super pale skintone ... well it's a bit of a shock let's not lie! But I was really surprised by the transformation. Meaning, I actually had some blue tones that I just wasn't covering properly because the out come of this vs the others that don't tone that down?

Sort of stunningly different!

So, I loved the idea of trying this repeatedly and wore it all through out January just to see - as it promises not to crease and so far I haven't had an issue with creasing or drying out. Because of this I would wager that it's a good one for us dry-skin types or mature-lady skin types as well, as it won't sit in the fine lines around that area nor will it settle and do that awful 'crack' thing concealers with a decent coverage tend to do sometimes, you know? It's that the worst kind of crack?Minus-Craic as we say! (Craic, it's an Irish thing you're with me here right?) It also states that it promises to 'revive' tired eyes. As I've been unwell lately, I certainly have put that to the test, and honestly beyond the sniffles, no one even guessed so there you go!


Ps. Adopt the 'pat,pat,pat' way of applying this and it will go miles more on such little product as opposed to the swipe and rub motion!

My only con to this would be their shades are very, very limited. Which is a shame for my darker skinned ladies and just baffling to me, because everyone needs to be able to benefit from under eye goodness right?? Get on that Clarins!! :o

EXTREME CLOSE UP WAYNE'S WORLD STYLIE. But a well blended finish me thinks, even in super bight lighting and taken with my phone. Sorry HD cam is on the blitz :((     































Monday, January 6, 2014

The Best of 2013 BBLOG Edition!





Hi all! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and a great start to the New Year. 2013 was a complicated year for me (and I’m sure for many of you as well!) and I can’t lie I’m glad to see the back of it if I’m honest.

 A little catch up as to why my blog has been so empty as of late, not so much excuses more legit reasons as to why I felt too burnt out by life to actually get excited about writing for myself again. I hope that 2014 changes that, starting now! 

(Mini Mexican Wave!)

The year started off promising with a great internship that really helped me grow and develop my skills and it led to meeting some fab people and great opportunities. One of which was a ‘real’ job in a new somewhat unfamiliar industry, that seemed like a good idea at the time! Interspersed between the good there is also some of the bad, most notably, Cancer. 

Yeah, that horrific little blighter that seems to cast a shadow on too many families lately. I had a double whammy as both my grandfather and father were diagnosed around the same time (the same week actually, a week after I started the new job, awesome timing life…), and so, 2013 was a year of battles in more ways than one.  A lot of juggling was done, and a lot of lessons were learned both personally and professionally. 2013 taught me that I need to start trusting my gut more, when it comes to people I meet, be it friends or relationships, jobs, opportunities, and doing what’s right for me and not being so overly worried about what people are going to think of me.  

 Because I realised, people are going to judge you and talk about you no matter what you do, no matter what choice you make or let be made for you, and I think it’s about time we stop giving a damn!

To quote the fine wine (or is that full of wine?) that is Johnny Depp -  

“Just keep moving forward and don't give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.”

So on that note!

 Let’s move forward with 2014, cuddle in from the battering wind and storms outside and revel in the  
Best of…2013 #bblog edition!
 
 First up with skincare, like most women I chop and change my routine depending on my skin needs or, being honest, if something new and shiny just takes my fancy and I have to try it. But this year I think I’m managed to keep things to a bare minimum starting with two of my favourite moisturisers starting with the cult fave - Clarins -Beauty Flash Balm. 



Most people know of this if they haven’t tried it for themselves yet but if you haven’t I suggest you do as I think it’s fantastic for keeping dull winter skin bright and toned and it’s amazing just before makeup it really aids to its longevity and keeps your skin fantastically refreshed in the process! Win, Win!

In the same category is the high street find from Oilatum. Their Natural Face Cream is amazingly soft and easy on dry, dull skin and really helps eliminate any tightness that can be caused when you are prone to drier skin in the colder months. This I use all year around really, and mostly every day as it’s super light in texture too and lasts all day.


As far as facial cleansers go I have two: Burt’s Bees SoapBark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream – really, really soft and gentle on the skin and removes the majority of any makeup or residue before you can go back in with a makeup cleanser to take off the rest. Purse friendly too as it’s in and around £10 I think. 


The second is a cleanser that I have been somewhat obsessed by for some time now. 

Pai Camellia & Rose Hydrating Cleansing Cream. This is a really great brand in my opinion and if you haven’t checked out their range you should get on that because it’s fab! This amazing cleansing cream is just love. It’s camellia and rose qualities are super gentle on the skin and is just bursting with all the things sensitive skin loves like  Omega 3 with Vitamins A, B & E as well. This purchase came with a exfoliating muslin cloth that allows you to gently remove the cleanser and everything it sweeps off your face in a skin friendly way that won’t cause too much harsh irritation.  If you don’t fancy the feel of the muslin in this instance any warm face cloth does the trick just fine, but I have to say I will be going back to the PAI brand in the future if this is any example of how great their line really is. This is definitely on the repurchase list for sure! 


Ps. Side note but I’ve been singing the praises of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil forever and a day now, and it’s really my go-to for hair and skin SOS. For hair, especially hair that’s fine genetically and may be subjected to bleaching or dying and a lot of heated tools it works really well in restoring some of the life and moisturiser back into the follicles. You can get it from any good health food shop and it would be worth adding to the pamper routine if you’re looking for something new and skin friendly also! 



Makeup faves I think I covered on here in these posts but feel free to go back and have a nosy! Featuring Bourjois, Origins, and Benefit can be found on the blog already!

For hair there have been two things I couldn’t live without this year and one is the trusted GHD range of hair straighteners. My last pair the originals lasted me SIX years, now if that isn’t an epic investment I don’t know what is. They gave out for the final time earlier this year and I just knew I wouldn’t last long without them so I treated myself to a pair of the Limited Edition Coloured GHD straightens. And they’re Piiink! A metallic hot purple-pink and it came with a GHD flat brush too, if you follow my instagram you'll have seen me fangirl over these when I got them recently. Needless to say I love them; they’re fantastic for straightening and curling so it’s an all in one with a million percent less hassle and less hair tools too. Love, love, love, and did I mention they’re pink!? :D 


The next one was an impulse buy for me but it’s been a surprisingly great find all the same. The Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, it’s a tiny miracle for fine haired girls like moi. Just spraying some of this into damp hair after a wash, blow drying and then adding some curl, it really helps I think. It adds ‘something’ without adding weight, which is key for me as I find some leave in products just sit in the hair and weigh me down, and with fine hair that’s really the last thing anyone needs! Bounce and texture with very little work. Definitely will be buying again!!


I narrowed it waaay down for obvious reasons, but I hope that you’re still with me either here, on Twitter or on Tumblr and if you’d like to follow me on my Instragram feel free to join the nonsense there too! What have your favourites been in 2013? Anything already making the list in 2014?!

xox

Saturday, August 24, 2013

FABB PJ Party : Malone Lodge Hotel Editon.

Hi guys!

So in the spirit of attempting to evolve the blog from static product reviews - which are great and something I love and will continue to do. But, I want to spread my wings, and my writing a little wider. What better way to do that than to tell you all about my first #FABB experience. You know us FABB girls right? It's a Northern Ireland based blogger network of sorts where a mishmash of ladies (so far anyway!) meet up and blog about it. I've already done a little blog post with all the ladies blog links if  you're interested it's here.

My first #FABB experience was, well, fab! The lovely Anna from The Malone Lodge Hotel a beyond chic converted Victorian Townhouse -  invited us for a blogger sleepover of sorts to celebrate the fact that the hotel has undergone something of a facelift with lots of upgrades and changes.

Having made the 'I can't drive' trip to Belfast - consisting of a car, and two buses mind you to get there from where I live currently - I was beyond pleased to be greeted by warm and welcoming hotel staff and this big babe of a room. 


 We were gifted by a rather lovely bedtime onesie from BANK fashion - Navy and Neon Pink (they read my mind!) thank you very much for what I'm sure will become my winter bedtime staple!

The spacious bathroom was filled with Pinken goodies to try

The girls and I met up for a cocktail or two before we were shown to our rooms. I was sharing with the lovely Leslie from LellieMoi, check our her blog - her bag addiction rivals my own! I was fawning over her Balenciaga as we chatted away into the wee hours - in our accidental matching jammies might I add!  A hilarious coincidence considering before last night we'd never met in person! 






There was four (er seven?) in the bed and the little one said...roll over!

Getting a brief history on the hotel! Love to hear of a family run business still going strong!

Audrey has her own hallway, she greets you with her chicness on the way to the loos!

The Remains of the Day: A period piece from the original townhouse to which part of the new edition was converted. This room is used primarily for wedding photos with a window and a nod to the past. I loved the details.

Knife&Fork - apt name and such wonderful service! Their food is really top notch! Have the french toast for breakie!






Drink up in Macklin's Bar! Just off the entrance to the MLH





The welcome to our little underground den of pampering!



Food food and more food!

And cake with ice-cream, seriously it was amazing


Some of the girls opted for Medi Spa treatments!

More cake! This time via CakesByJames in Belfast. Sweet!
While there were some WIFI woes - not a great thing to happen to a bunch of net addicted bloggers - all in all it was well worth the trek, meeting new peeps (and old friends for dinner too Hi Claire ;) and getting to explore a piece of chic Belfast business. A business that's family run at the core so it gives it a more personal feel made obvious by their choice in staff. They were so friendly genuinely so, and could not do enough to make your stay as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. A big thanks to Anna, Gareth, Carla and all the girls for their time and effort. If you're ever in the area and looking for a modern boutique hotel in the leafy and lovely Eglantine Avenue,(close to the Lisburn Road and the city centre and of course Queen's University) then I'd strongly rec' this for you, it's treat!

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Laura
xox





Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tom Ford's Cherry Lush Lipstick Review!

 I haven't blogged in almost a month, and that's seriously shameful. But, I do have several excuses ...ahem, reasons.



Main one was we bid fair well to my little pink Dell, and I had to wait before I could properly replace her. Sadly, she died with all my photos for what I had planned to blog inside her and stupidly, they weren't backed up elsewhere! Augh, right? Anyway, I figured I should get a move on as I have a load of different bits and bobs that I've been trying out as I feed my never ending and ever debilitating shopping addiction! First up, we have my super splurge in June, and that was my first #TomFord Lipstick.

Cherry Lush 



I've always pondered on the Tom Ford line of cosmetics but never really attempted to try anything, I think that might have to change to be honest. This is just love, I love her I love Cherry and all her lush-ness. I took a badly lit +Instagram with my phone and it appears a lot more 'red-red' in that than it is in real life, but still, I like all the reds either way.
Given that I love my high-street brands, and am forever mixing and matching, I think it's only fair that a girl treats herself to some of the more quote - unquote- higher end things every now and then, right? We deserve it, right?
Well,  I think we do girls, we work hard, we go through a lot and at the end of the day if something makes you happy and you can have it, I say why the hell not!

This isn't just a way for me to talk myself out of buyers remorse from now on you know... no! It's not...

(It so is, but eh?!)

Back to Cherry! She's a bit of a babe, seen here on the other babe, the ageless Winona!


They say :


Tom Ford Lip Colors are formulated with rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.
Tom Ford Lip Colors are formulated with rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity. - See more at: http://beautyswatch.com/tom-ford-lipstick-cherry-lush/#sthash.kzCwb336.dpuf



Tom Ford Lip Colors are formulated with rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomile flower oil create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity. - See more at: http://beautyswatch.com/tom-ford-lipstick-cherry-lush/#sthash.kzCwb336.dpuf

Sounds fab, right? Well, it kind of is, right up there with the +CHANEL Coco Shine lipsticks this one is super smooth and really hydrating (and didn't dry out my lips like I sort of expect most lipsticks to do no matter what they say!) and the pigment is just delish, teamed with a similar toned lip pencil you really have a great dramatic red lip colour but in a tone that's more .... night at the theater rather than say ... scary clown woman. That's never a bad thing, right? ;)

I'll definately be having a poke around the Tom Ford section's of my favourite dealers... I mean 'beauty counters' from now on!


Love it.


Don't forget the +Giveaway Promote that I have going ends in a couple of days see more here! +New Look

Monday, June 24, 2013

Rimmel London Salon Pro no.247 'Isn't She Precious'


Rimmel London Salon Pro no.247 'Isn't She Precious'

 If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll have seen when I bought this in my mini haul from Boots a good few weeks ago now. In an attempt to keep my nails 'good' and look after them I've been diving into the world of nail polish slowly but surely. I love, love, love the new Salon Pro range from +Rimmel London  and 247 Isn't she precious has been my first try.


It comes with a massive applicator, so large in fact that one sweep does the whole job for you. The polish itself is smooth, and gel like in texture, but without being too harsh on even the weakest of nails(ahem). 
I choose this baby pink shade because I was looking for something sweet and summery, and I've owned only dark shades of polish for a long time, so venturing into the pastels is new and exciting for me. It also matches a few pink items of clothing I own and it's been nifty being matchy-matchy! 

Have you been trying out the Salon Pro range? If so what's your fave shade and what should I be checking out next?!

LC
xo

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hair Post!

It seems that we're all trying to grow out our hair lately, even if we're brave enough to go for the crop we sort of regret it ten minutes later and then spend months, or years(!!) wishing and waiting for our locks to come back. If like me, you've dyed your hair or even bleached it for years (ahem, guilty!) then it's probably a little bit sad, damaged and thirsty. I've been trying just about everything to improve my hair since I caved and went back to brunette last year. Oils, serums, vitamins, 'miracle' products, you name it, I've given it a go. I think I'm on a good curve with my hair at the moment though, having come to terms with my genetically fine hair (sadly not much I can do for it on that front, thanks mum's side of the family!) but I have managed to get her to grow, and the life seems to be back and with that comes natural shine and bounce.

In the past nine months I'd say I've managed a good five - six inches of healthy growth hair wise which isn't amazing but considering for years my hair didn't grow past my chin, I'd say it's fine. The average person's hair grows a quarter an inch a month, but with damage and heat styling most of us have breakage etc so it doesn't grow as long as it should time wise.  My hair has gone from just at chin level, to ...boob level since I've been brunette, not bad going in my book!

Healthy hair tips! 


Drink lots of water- I know, I know, it's what everyone says for everything, but hey, they're not wrong. We're made up of a lot of water, us humans, and we need to replenish to keep us all lovely and hydrated. Our skin, hair and nails are made of the same stuff, and it's important to keep it watered. View your body like a lovely rose garden, to keep them roses pretty you have to look after them right?
(I'm bad with metaphors, sorry!)


Take prenatal vitamins - Even if you're not 'prenatal' give them a go. Most do contain your RDA of biotin, iron and folic acid which is fab for healthy hair growth. 

If not prenatal try the types designed for your hair, nails and skin - I've been taking Perfectil but honestly the cheaper brands from the likes of #Boots are just as good and contain the exact same ingredients only in a different packaging.  Nuts and eggs should also be a part of your diet for their benefits/vitamins.

Indulge in a scalp massage - It's meant to increase the blood flow to your roots, and it's relaxing as anything. They even sell those little self-scalp-massage-y things now (great technical term there, right?) Anyway, these things that kinda look like spiders  - 

If that's not your thing, if you have access to a great spa or beauty salon, make sure to pay them a visit and ask for a deep scalp massage next time you get your hair done. You won't regret it.

Use hair oils - Whether it's Argan, Moroccan, Coconut, Olive... whatever you fancy, use it. What I do is, because of my fine hair, I use a few pea size amounts on the ends of my hair after I wash it. Leave it to dry naturally for as long as I can before blow drying it. The difference with and without are like night and day, I love it. It leaves my hair silky and smooth but doesn't weigh it down at all. Don't fear the oil! 

Another wee tip from me would be, try and keep the heat to a minimum and if you need to straighten or curl every day invest in a decent heat protect spray! 

Hope this keeps your hair happy! 

Until next time! 

LC
xo
Ps. Don't forget the #Giveaway I have going at the moment! It's a fab dress! 


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