I am here to introduce you today to a wonderful matte eyeshadow palette from The Balm Cosmetics and to do that I will insert some photographs below with some swatches and two looks I achieved with them, together with a flash review on YouTube. Yes people, I said YouTube. Provided that you can overcome a) the quality of the video which is pretty much awful b) that I kind of talk like I'm in slow motion or something and c) my accent and pretty annoying voice, then you will find out a bit more about this palette from my ramblings within.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Leading Irish Designer, Joanne Hynes, has chosen eight shades of Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure to compliment her new collection called '11', a limited edition collection featuring 11 pieces of accessories and 11 pieces of clothing. While this is a collaboration between the two brands, the nail polishes featured within, are priced the same at €8.95 each and are not new shades/additions to the Complete Salon Manicure family, but instead are being revisited and brought into the spotlight.
"Orange is the pop art colour of the season, this glossy orange can lift your skin tone in the winter and illuminates your hands. Wear it layered and glossy for a clean positive look. It is the exact same shade as the laser cut perspex embellishment in my “11” collection, it juxtaposes really well against navy and metallic tones for a new slant on summer days gone by. Wear this for a confident positive entry into winter for the new season.”
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Launched back in August of this year and replacing the' Colourglide' lipstick range from The Body Shop, the 'Colour Crush' range comprises of 24 gorgeous shades available in three families: reds, pinks and nudes. The range is vast, the formula is gorgeous and I have three of these to show you today.
Colour Crush Lipsticks by The Body Shop
L to R: 201, 315 & 305
The formula of these is very moisturizing and feels more so like a balm rather than a lipstick when applied, and are super comfortable in wear due to cherry seed oil and Community Fair Trade marula oil contained within. Oh, and they smell rather delicately rose floral delicious also.
Swatches L to R: 201, 305, 315
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Can we just take a minute to discuss David Beckham's current hotness? Yeah, I know he's always been quite a great looking fella, but I see he's blossomed lately into this mature, great looking, fabulous with kids kind of man. And he's like a good wine, gets better with age don't you think? Feel free to agree with me on this in the comments.
Ok, moving on from D.B.'s hotness, in other news he has a new perfume on the market which launched back in August, one which you've already guessed from the title, is called 'Classic'.
RRP: EDT 40 ml: 23.95 Euro & EDT 60 ml: 29.95 Euro
TOP NOTES: Gin Tonic Accord, Lime, Galbanaum
HEART NOTES: Cypress, Nutmeg, Fresh Mint
DRY DOWN: Cedarwood, Amber, Vetiver
PERFUMER: Aurelien Guichard from Givaudan (J.P. Gaultier 'Le Male Terrible', John Galliano 'For Women', Nina Ricci 'Ricci Ricci')
'Classic' opens really fresh and invigorating with sparkly lime notes and settles after a minute in a masculine, spicy scent. In fact, 'Classic' is very much a suitable name for this fragrance, as the image of a freshly showered and shaved man pops into my mind upon sniffing this. It's a warm, pleasant and comfortable scent, a winner perfume for any man who's into masculine and charismatic scents, and I mean, who isn't into that really? I am also advised that it's quite a long lasting perfume on the skin, which is always a bonus especially for an eau de toilette formula.
Its bottle is a no frills, clean cut yet stylish and modern looking bottle on my hubby's perfume shelf.
Its price is extremely affordable, the perfect Christmas present suitable for all ages in my opinion, be it for your partner, father, brother, etc, this perfume I think would please all noses including our very own. It's not too sweet, not too spicy, and is very much the perfect masculine scent, and well...very much a classic one.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Since starting my blog back in 2010 (Jaysus, I'm ancient!) I've become more and more interested in nail polishes and nail care. Before then, I would simply not be bothered with nails, sure I would paint them and all but I'm really into nails at the moment which I'm pretty sure you've all noticed from the amount of posts dedicated to the subject. Well as any respectable beauty blogger, I do have a good couple of favourites in my collection, but as any 'super-respectable' beauty blogger, I have them season-allocated. Oh yes I do. And I'm totes gonna show you my Autumn favourites now. There's no stopping me. Here goes.
L to R:
Rimmel Salon Pro 'Sea Green'; Barry M. Nail Paint 'Raspberry'; Sally Hansen CSM 'Greige';
Avon Nailwear Pro+ 'Tweed' & Sally Hansen CSM 'Bandage'
Monday, October 14, 2013
When I say 'routine' I mean it, buds! I am constantly finding myself reaching for the SAME beauty products for the past couple of weeks, it's almost becoming a statement, signature make-up look and if you've seen me lately, then I was probably wearing this glorious bunch on my mug:
PRIMER: Isadora Under Cover Face Primer - This is a new one folks, a press sample I received a while back and it's a really, really fantastic primer. I reach for it every single day since I got it, and bare in mind I own over 5 different primers currently. I love the texture, which is very silky and light and spreads like 'butter' on the skin (silicone free though), it evens out the tones in my skin beautifully (could be due to its peachy shade which while indeed it translates as transparent once applied, there is still some peach-iness left to it in my opinion- quite similar to Benefit's Porefessional but better!) and it helps my foundation last longer. It does not clog my pores as other primers do, and there is not one bad thing I can say about it. Not one! I can assume that I am nearly half way through my tube already, because I use it religiously. Price is €19.95 so it's not the cheapest primer out there but by all means it's not the most expensive one either, and to be quite honest, it's one of the best primers I have ever tried if not the very best.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
When it comes to budget brands you really can't go more budget-y than with NYC Cosmetics, and cheap doesn't always mean poor quality by all means, and I have two brilliant products today to demonstrate you (and me!) just that.
I was sent these products by the brand on Thursday and I was quite delighted to have received their Color Instinct quad in the shade that I've been looking for ages, shade 967 'Picnic in Central Park' which was always sold out from the NYC stands I came across in my endless quest. This costs 3.49 Euro and it's bleedin' gorgeous if you ask me, if you're on a budget and love shimmery neutrals, then you'll love this palette. The formula of these is identical between them, soft and creamy and very pigmented. I wish the darker shade would come in a bigger size, but I guess these were created in a clever 'light, medium, dark' kind of way, knowing that the medium shades would be mostly used all over the eyelids, and the rest will be used in smaller amounts on the outer and inner corners of the eyes respectively.
NYC COLOR INSTINCT PALETTE 'PICNIC IN CENTRAL PARK'
NYC KOHL KAJAL 'CHOCOLATE BROWN'