Sunday, September 21, 2014

NYC Expert Last Lip Lacquers

I love affordable brands, and I especially love them when they make great quality products that do exactly what they say on the tin. This applies to NYC's latest offering in the lipstick world: the Expert Last Lip Lacquers. Not quite a lipstick nor a gloss, but both combined to give the most beautiful formula for one's kissers. Think Rimmel's Apocalips range peeps, as these babies here are a pretty close dupe for them. 

What's more impressive here is the colour range, pretty much all shades are beautiful. I've said this before, you can have the most amazing formula in the world and it still won't suffice if the shade range is poor and not current/modern enough.

*Press Samples*

L to R: 500, 400, 203, 300, 201 & 200

Monday, September 15, 2014

*New* Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polishes

I've never had a proper gel manicure done before, but since we're in the era of gel finish nail polishes that do not require any LED/UV light, I don't really feel the need to have one done anyway. And least now as Sally Hansen have brought out something similar this month, the same sought-after gel finish but with the promise of the lasting properties of a gel manicure as well, in the new 'Miracle Gel' nail polish range.  

*Press Samples*

RRP: Miracle GelNail Polishes- €9.99
RRP: Miracle Gel Top Coat- €9.99
RRP: Duo Packs (1 top coat + 1 colour) - €14.99

L to R: 'Birthday Suit' / 'Street Flair' / 'Redgy' / Top Coat / 'Pretty Piggy' & 'B Girl'

Available in pharmacies nationwide since last week, the range consists in 18 shades which are categorized in four colour collections: Flawlessly Nude, Street Pastels, Runway Shock & Mad Mod. Two coats of colour + one coat of top coat will give you a beautiful gel finish mani with lasting properties of "up to 14 days", according to the brand. 

Quote from press release:

"THE TECHNOLOGY:   The Miracle Gel manicure contains patented Tube Technology. This allows a higher level of actives and continuous care ingredients to release into the gel lacquer film, prolonging the integrity of the film resulting in beautifully durable, shiny nails. The advanced Colour Coat and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. Thephotoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Colour Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light. Then, when you’rready to change up your look, Miracle Gel comes off easily with both acetone-based and acetone-free nail polish remover no soaking, wrapping, scraping, or filing necessary."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows

To say that I've been missing from the blogosphere for ages, would be an understatement. Sometimes life gets in the way of lipsticks and blushers, a busy work schedule and a Spanish holiday. And the latter brought me satisfaction, a natural tan, a good auld rest and KIKO. I nearly screamed when I heard that there was a Kiko store near to where our vila was located, as I've long dreamt about their Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows....actually 'long' means ever since I saw one featured on Karen's blog (you naughty enabler, you!). So of course I bought not one, but three 'stickos de alegria (Spanish for joy)'.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadows

I love matte eyeshadows and I love cream formulas, so when Clarins came out with the news of their new 'Ombre Matte' Eyeshadows as part of their 2014 Autumn collection, I knew they would be winners on my list. And winners they were... 

RRP: €22

*press samples*

L: 04 Rosewood / R: 01 Nude Beige

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Current Favourites

It's practically no secret that I've been M.I.A. for the past few months, when one loses the blogging mojo, it's a struggle to get it back, at least to me it is. A great way of sliding right back onto the blogging rink I thought, was to do a round-up of my current favourites, as reviews can get and do get quite boring at some stage and people get sick of them, I know I do all the time. 



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NYC Beautifying Blushable Cream Stick

Hands up who doesn't like a good auld, affordable and widely available cream blusher. Nobody? Good, cause there's a new cream blusher in town, kids, and it's a blahdy good one! 

NYC BB Beautifying Blushable Cream Stick in 'Never Stopping Pink'

Press Sample

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bourjois 'Rouge Edition Velvet' Lip Lacquers

The month of April brings a bit of Spring sunshine into our lives, but also offers the new Rouge Edition Velvet lip lacquer by Bourjois, on a 'silver platter' in pharmacies nationwide. Launching a total of eight shades, Bourjois is kindly spoiling us to more than their own version of the super trendy lip colours in liquid form, they bring us matte lip lacquers and y'all know how desperately I love my matte lip colours! For the purposes of introducing these to you, I have three shades to show you today, however I am very much positive that I shall be purchasing a few extra shades in the coming weeks, it would be wrong not to nearly complete (ahem!) the collection, don't you think?  

RRP: 12.49 Euro

L to R: Peach Club / Ole Flamingo! / Frambourjoise
* Press Samples*

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana 'Dolce'

Today's post features what is probably the most beautiful perfume bottle I have ever seen. I am talking about the new 'Dolce' by Dolce & Gabbana as the title suggests, and I can still remember the first time I laid my eyes on a photo of the bottle online, only back in February that was, and how I excitedly tweeted about it three seconds later:

See? It was love at first sight!

Its juice was green, it had a classy black bow tie, it had the most beautiful perfume flower topper ever ( to pay tribute to Sicilian customs, crafted to portray the marzipan sculptures seen in traditional Sicilian confectioners) and it was announced to be a white floral, which is my favourite ever perfume group! My most treasured and beloved scents from my ever growing collection belong to this group. All in all, it was going to be a success for my nose, and boy was I right! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards 2014 - NOW Open for Entries

Yep, it's that very time again, peeps! The L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards 2014 is now open for entries, and all submissions must be made online over at , with closing date on midnight, June 6th.

  “The standard of hairdressing at L’Oreal Colour Trophy is always outstanding. The talent, ability, passion and commitment are unrivalled, proving that Irish hairdressers remain a true inspiration to the fashion industry in creating the looks of tomorrow”. 
Ivan Bishoff, Commercial Director of L’OrĂ©al Professionnel

 Model Rachel Kenny, styled by the 2013 L’Oreal Colour Trophy winners- Nadine Quinn and Katie Keany of Peter Mark, at the Convention Centre Dublin on Monday March 31 to mark this year's competition launch.

The competition’s ethos remains “Hair Inspired by Fashion” and entrants are encouraged to personally interpret this theme. Following the judging of the online entries the successful finalists will be announced in mid June. Finalists will then compete in the Grand Final event, which takes place on July 7th at the Convention Centre Dublin.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

*New* Sally Hansen C.S.M. SS 2014 shades

For S.S. '14, Sally Hansen have teamed up with Irish Designer Emma Manley, to promote the addition of six new shades in the Complete Salon Manicure family, in synergy with the incoming Manley Spring Summer 2014 fashion collection. The press release says: "Manley’s Spring Summer 14 Collection sees youthful shapes played against refined lines, reinforcing her love of contradiction within a garment.  Emma has found a beautiful balance between hard & soft, light & heavy, powerful & delicate. Emma has paired the new Sally Hansen shades with her Spring Summer pieces in a similar way." 

RRP: €8.95 / each

*Press Samples*

There is one extra shade in this new collection - 'Bleach Babe' - not featured in this post,  which is a delicate white shade with a touch of sparkle.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Five Favourite Lip Balms

My lips are extremely dry in any weather, all year-round, they're drier than the Sahara desert and for a matte lip lover like me, it means my kissers must be in top condition every time I want to wear them lipsticks or any lippie for that matter. In fact, even when I don't wear a lipstick, I still need a good lip balm in order to keep them conditioned and hydrated. So I thought I'll show you my favourite lip balms of all time today, this might not be an uber interesting post, but hopefully is of some help/assistance/use to you nonetheless. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams

I placed an order with last weekend because I was looking to get the Bleach London Washing Out Liquid  shampoo which I saw on my darling buddy, Andreea's blog the other day (see her post here), as I am trying to get rid of the red pigments in my hair and attempt to get lighter locks again for when Summer comes. And of course because it's not in my nature to buy only one thing while in Boots, it turned out that this rule applied to online shopping as well because I quickly added two more make-up items into my basket.  And it was an impromptu purchase I swear, for some reason the Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams came up on my page somewhere as a recommendation, and who am I to say no to that? PS: It was also 3 for 2 across many a beauty products that day, so basically one lip cream was free - would have been rude no to.  

Price: €5.99 / each



Friday, February 28, 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Today's post is dedicated entirely to one lipstick. Which I guess, would make that a very special lipstick.

First of all, a "sculpting lipstick"...?!? The press release says: "In just one stroke, lips are sculpted with high-intensity colour that stays true for up to 6 hours. From stick to lip,  Multi-Faceted Colour Pigments create shape, definition and volume." Now, if that is what a 'sculpting lipstick' is supposed to be, then by all means this is a sculpting lipstick as it does everything above and more.   

RRP: 29 Euro

*Press Sample*

On counters now and available in 20 luscious and modern shades - nudes, reds, mahoganies, pinks and corals, there is literally something there for everyone. 

Shade 'Tumultuous Pink'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Roger & Gallet 'Gingembre Rouge' Intro

I don't generally do this, folks, but I am posting to share the news more so than to properly review this product, so I reckon that this could in fact be called a first impression post on the wonderful 'Gingembre Rouge' by Roger & Gallet. Plus, it's my second perfume related post this week, a thing I apologize for but not feel sorry about. 

I literally received this product a few hours ago this morning, and I could hardly contain my excitement when I received it for I have been dreaming about it ever since the UK beauty media has started talking about it. 

RRP: 39 Euro / 100ml & 17.50 Euro / 30ml

*Press Sample*

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum

You know how you sometimes google something and you end up discovering something totally different to what you initially were looking for, but something cool and rather exciting online? I call it fate. Well that's what happened to me back in December when I accidentally discovered NUXE's new eau de parfum called 'Prodigieux Le Parfum'. I was genuinely shocked that I of all people, have never heard of this before. Because you see, I adore my Nuxe Prodigieuse Dry Oil and I love it very much especially for its beachy, coconuty smell and the way it lingers on my skin for hours after spritzing. 

Anyway, it turned out that the perfume was only available to purchase from their French website, and once I put the product in my virtual basket and entered ALL my details to create an online account and purchase, I got a heartbreaking response that my "address was unfortunately not in France" if I didn't know that already, therefore I wasn't able to get it. So I forgot about it until I got an invitation to a secret NUXE launch. To my surprise, the launch event was for the Prodigieux perfume and darlings, I couldn't have been more happier about that.  

RRP: 48.60 Euro 

*Press Sample*

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Barry M. Matte Nail Paints

I accidentally came across a blog post one day where the Blogger was featuring a collection of matte nail polishes from Barry M. Yahooo! Now I don't know about you, but when I hear 'matte', I'm all over it like a kid in a candy store. And who can blame me? For I didn't at the time own any matte nail polishes in my collection, and that my friends just cannot be!

I obviously couldn't help myself from buying five of the new Matte Nail Paints from Barry M. over two weeks ago, and by five I mean their entire Matte Nail Paint collection, and it was all because Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on Barry M. Or at least that's what I like to tell myself to avoid feeling guilty. And it works. 

RRP: €5.99 / each

Monday, February 17, 2014

Clarins Multi-Blush in '02 Candy'

The 'Opalescence' Spring collection from Clarins saw the comeback of a product that is quite close to my heart, the Multi-Blush blushers which were discontinued a good while back. I own one of this old version of the Multi-Blush, the shade '10 Lichee', a shade I was always completely and utterly obsessed with (me and my bud, Mags also). I still use this product and carry it around in my make-up bag, but use it sparingly though since I don't have a back-up of it and I need it to last me forever! You can read further about Lichee, here

I was however extremely happy to find out that the Multi-Blush was coming back in four gorgeous shades, and by that I mean GOR-GEOUS shades! 

(On counters now)

In the Multi-Blush compact you get 4 g of product which will last you a fair deal of time - if I am to compare it with the Bourjois Cream Blushers, these retail at 10.49Euro each and come in a 2.5 g net weight pan.

Clarins Multi-Blush in 02 Candy - *press sample*

Friday, February 14, 2014

Estee Lauder 'Modern Muse'

I am not one to recommend readers to buy something, but from time to time -ah, who am I kidding? I'm a total and utter enabler and my enabling ways are in no smaller dose in today's post! Consider yourselves warned.

I planned on writing about this new perfume from Estee Lauder for ages and I now feel like I must share information about it with you today, I am procrastinating no more. Perfume is something very personal, a beautiful detail that says a lot about a person but a flippin' lottery when it comes to gifting it to other people.


I was first introduced to Modern Muse back in August and I still remember sniffing two blotters at its press event- one containing the perfume's 'Sparkling Jasmine Accord' as the brand describes it, and one with its 'Sleek Woods Accords', now these two accords combined would have resulted in Estee Lauder's new perfume. People, both accords were so delicious that their combination resulted in something what I like to call 'Perfume of the year 2013'. Now I know that means 'so last year', but really since it's just February, it's still hip and cool and current, and most of all great smelling! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NYC Expert Last Nail Polishes

It's no secret that New York Color is a great budget brand for nail polishes and not only, and I have swatches on the blog today for three of their Expert Last Nail Polishes, which are really great in quality and are marketed as being perfect for Valentine's Day (and any other day in my book!). 

RRP: €2.49/ each

*Press Samples* 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Colors

As a (not so)proud owner of over 50 lipsticks in all shapes, forms, consistencies and finishes, it's a rare thing these days when a new lipstick impresses me. I am not a lipstick snob nor am I a brand whore, I love ALL (minor exceptions) my lipsticks, and I love my cheap as chips NYC Expert Last lipsticks just as much as I love my YSL's. Now the same applies for the newly launched in Ireland budget brand  -Wet n Wild and their Megalast Lip Colors. First of all, I hate the name of the brand, hate it with a passion. No cosmetic brand (or any brand for that matter except maybe sex shops) should ever be called like that in my opinion. Their products though, they do please me so. Ahem!

I only bought three of these lipsticks at c. €2.99 each but I was *this* close to buying the whole range of the Megalast Lip Colors, for all the shades are fabulous and more. The power of a lipstick stands not only in its formulation, oh no! It's in the shade selection as well, more often than not the shade selection counts a wee bit more in my book than the formula itself when it comes to lipsticks. And I am well impressed with their modern shades in this modern matte formulation, which make these products current and in tune with our cosmetic times. 

L TO R: Bare It All / Rose-Bud / Sugar Plum Fairy

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