Rimmel's latest offering is the Provocalips 16Hr Kiss Proof Lip Colour. I have been using this for the last week and must say
overall I'm impressed.
This is a double-sided lipstick with a vibrant intense liquid lipstick on one end and a clear top coat which seals the product on the lips.
You apply the coloured side first. It glides on beautifully and dries quickly then apply a layer of the clear sealer. It feels just like a regular lipstick at this stage however as the day wears on it can feel a little dry but nothing that isn't sorted with a swipe of the sealer or indeed any regular lip balm.
It wasn't as smooth on the lip as I had hoped - maybe because my lips where a little chapped but this is only a teeny tiny issue as the staying power well surpasses the problem.
There are 8 shades in total including a gorgeous bright pink "Little Minx" and a beautiful deep red "Play with Fire". I am wearing shade 730 "Make Your Move" which is a great everyday colors. They are available in pharmacies nationwide for €8.99.
Get one (or two) now whilst stocks last as these are a must have for the upcoming party season!!!
Until next time...Be Happy!
So I have done 3 weeks at Slimming World and it's still going well.
After my initial 7lb weight loss in week one I knew week two wouldn't be anywhere as good. Plus the fact I was out in Galway on the Saturday and the night ended with me in Supermacs!!!!! And then on the Sunday we had our #ITWBN meetup in the gorgeous Glenlo Abbey where they served us amazing little cakes and burgers and chips and little cheese tarts...Oh you get the picture.
I was very good for the other 5 days though and had my meals planned out in advance so I wouldn't be tempted by convenience foods or takeaways.
So I hopped on the scales and had 1lbs off. Not so bad.
I was very good for the other 5 days though and had my meals planned out in advance so I wouldn't be tempted by convenience foods or takeaways. So I started Week 3 with an 8lb loss and wasn't feeling hungry at all. Again I had my meals all planned out and had plenty of food pre-prepared like soup, curry & bolognese.
When I am cooking meals I always make extra and freeze it so there is always something quick and tasty available.
I was away on Saturday night for my Dad's 60th Birthday in Westport. We had dinner and of course a few little bevvies but I wasn't worried as I just used my Syn's. I think if you are good 80% of the time you can afford to be a little bit bad the other 20%.
At weigh in on Wednesday I was expecting to have another pound or maybe two off. So you can imagine my delight when I hopped on the scales and had 3 and a half off. Whoop Whoop.
Thank God the next two weekends are quite for me so hopefully I will have a full stone off before my Christmas party on the 6th December.
Oh and for those of you who asked I posted my Chicken Curry recipe late last week. Here is the link.
If you want the recipe for my Bolognese or Soup just let me know in the comments below or on Facebook.
Until next time
So the internet has been going crazy lately over Kylie Jenner and her amped up lips. Everyone and their mother want to know did she get filler injections or is it simply down to some makeup trickery.
Well according to the lady herself it is the latter. She simply uses MAC Whirl lip pencil to overline and fill in her lips and
MAC Faux lipstick over that.
And since liner is back for this season she is also bang on trend (well I wouldn't expect anything else).
AnyWho! I decided to give it a try for myself. I have small lips and my top lip completely disappears when I smile - my sister Bridie thinks this is hilarious and says I must save a fortune on lip products as I only need to apply gloss to my bottom lip...
I'm not laughing Bridie!!!
I didn't have MAC Whirl so I used MAC Soar Lip Pencil instead.
Tip No. 1 - Apply a little Lip Balm to your lips as the liner can be very drying on its own.
Tip No. 2 - Take your time. You don't want to end up looking like the Joker.
Tip No. 3 - You don't need to use a MAC lipliner. You can pick up great lip pencils from any of the "drugstore" makeup stands. NYX have a fab pencil called Mauve which is a great dupe for MAC Whirl. Just pick a shade near your own lip colour or with a mauve tone if you want it more like Kylies's.
Tip No. 4 - Pull in close to a mirror. Rest your arm on something if possible. This will keep your hand nice and steady.
Tip No. 5 - Start with slow mini strokes. Don't try and draw one full line as it's nearly impossible to get it even.
Tip No. 6 - I like to start at my cupid's bow and fill that in first. I outline my "own" lip first then I slowly start to build up over that until I get a shape I'm happy with. Remember to use small circular movements to keep the line from looking too harsh.
It takes just a little bit of practice but it's very easy to get the hang of. And simply using liner is brilliant as it has longer staying power than lipstick and gloss.
So what do you think?
I love them and will definitely be wearing this look a lot more.
Until next time...Be Happy
So I got loads of requests for the Chicken Curry Recipe from my last blog. Easy to make and super filling this is a great way of upping your daily intake of vegetable also. It is completely Slimming World Friendly and if you are following The Paleo plan I have included substitutes for certain ingredients (They will be marked Paleo.)
Low calorie cooking spray - (Paleo use 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil)
1 Large Onion (Red or White) peeled and finely chopped
3 Gloves of Garlic ( I love Garlic but if you aren't a fan simply leave it out or reduce it down).
2 heaped teaspoons of Curry Powder (mild, medium or hot - that's up to you)
4 Chicken Breasts (chopped into chunks)
2 Carrots peeled and chopped
1 red pepper chopped
A handful of mushrooms washed and chopped
Half a head of cauliflower chopped
Pineapple (Fresh, chopped) optional
250mls chicken stock
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
Fat Free Natural Yogurt (Paleo use 1 tin of coconut milk)
And that's it. This is one of my favourite recipes and is so simple to make. I am not a big fan of veg but when it is hidden in the curry I don't mind it. (I'm like a child).
So what do you think?
Let me know in the comments below!
Until Next Time...Be Happy
Well I'm back on the "trying to lose weight wagon" and decided to retry Slimming World as I found it easy the first time I went. Now I am not following the plan exactly to a T because of what I have learnt from doing a Whole 30 earlier this year.
What is a Whole 30 you ask?
Well basically I reset my system by having no sugar, dairy, grains, beans or alcohol for 30 days. I lost a total of 16lbs, my skin, hair & nails were never as good, I was sleeping better and overall I felt brilliant. However it is not something that you can keep up the whole time and of course I went back to my old ways with a bang.
You can read my Whole 30 journey here (http://makeupbyrubysue.weebly.com/whole-30)
I love going to a class and having weekly weigh in so I don't lose motivation and I know the Slimming World group in my town are lovely so decided to restart with them last week. The Slimming World diet is super easy to follow...you can basically eat everything, there is no calories or point counting and you won't feel hungry. Like a Whole 30 you need to plan your meals in advance and cook everything fresh from scratch. So off I went with my mum last Wednesday.
I always find Week 1 easy as I am so motivated and eager to start and with Slimming World you don't have to cut out any food group. Basically they have a list of FREE FOODS you can eat including all fruit & veg (yes even potatoes), rice, pasta, meat (with all visible fat trimmed off), and then you choose from a healthy "a" option and a healthy "b" option. Healthy "a" is your breads, crackers, cereals etc and Healthy "b" is your diary e.g milk, cheese, yogurt etc. So basically if you have cereal in the morning with milk you cannot have bread or cheese that same day without using your syns ( you have 15 syns per day). That's it in a nutshell (Slimming World would probably kill me for wording it like that!!!!)
If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment or message me on Facebook.
Breakfast: Mornings are easy because I love Porridge and Weetabix. (I don't eat any other cereal because they are full of sugar
even Special K & Corn Flakes!)
Now from my Whole 30 days I still use Almond Milk, throw in a little fruit and a sprinkle of Linwoods Flaxseed, Sunflower, Pumpkin & Sesame Seed with Goji Berries. This is full of good fats, omega 3, Vitamins B, E & D as well as Iron, Protein & Zinc. (This is not strictly SW approved though).
Other options are a full Irish (Yes A Full Irish - rashers, eggs, grilled tomato, mushrooms & fried potatoes) Yogurt & Fruit, Mixed Berry Pancakes and Eggs Benedict.
Lunch: I love making soup. My favourite is Butternut Squash and Smokey Bacon or Tomato & Basil. If you make these yourself they are 100% free on SW and are also Whole 30 approved. I also had a Baked Potato smothered in Beans, a Spanish Omlette and a Chargrilled Chicken Spinach & Pasta Salad.
Dinner: This is super easy as you can just make healthy versions of your normal meals. My favourite is Spaghetti Bolognese. I just make my own Bolognese sauce which it 100 times nicer than any jar of processed crap. Another favourite is Chicken Curry with chunky Chips. Again I make my own curry sauce & chips and wallah you have a healthy dinner. Also on this weeks menu was Steak, Shepards Pie and Chicken wrapped in Bacon.
I stuck to plenty of herbal teas and water and allowed myself 1 coffee per day. For a treat I had 80% dark chocolate. I was very strict with myself and had no alcohol or takeaways.
And because I was very strict with myself it paid on on
Wednesday when I went to weigh in .
I had 7lbs off and was delighted with myself.
So for week two I am going to pretty much stick with what
I done for week 1.
If you want to ask me any questions or would like some recipes just let me know in the comments below.
I will continue to keep you updated as I go along
( yes even on the bad weeks).
Also let me know if any of you are following Slimming World or Weight Watchers or any other type of diet and we can help and support each other along.
Until next time...Chat soon!
Fact: Cold weather = Dull Grey Complexion.
Air conditioning, biting winds, hot showers and low temperatures are just some of the elements our poor little mug has to deal with in winter. Our skin becomes dehydrated which slows down skin cell turn over and our circulation also slows down which leads to lacklustre skin.
So what can we do to combat this I hear you ask?
Well firstly we need to work from the inside out.
1. Increase your water rich foods (tomatoes, watermelon, lettuce, broccoli etc) - this is better than just drinking water alone
2. Drink more fluids (no not alcohol!!! well some maybe..it is nearly Christmas after all!!!) What I actually mean is herbal teas such as lemon, honey & ginger or Chai, Water, Fruit Juice etc
3. Eat more food which contain Omega 3 (Flaxseed, Walnuts, Salmon, Herring, Sardines etc) or take a good supplement such as Eskimo Oil Omega 3 Liquid.
Ok so that's a great start now we can work on the outside.
1. Cleanse: Start and finish your day with a cream or oil cleanser as they generally contain less stripping agents than gels. I love the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. It is rich and creamy
and quickly removes makeup and daily grim whilst leaving
the skin clean and soft. To remove any heavy eye makeup I use the Garnier Express 2 in 1 eye makeup remover. It contains Arginine which helps care for your lashes and removes even waterproof mascara and liner without leaving a greasy residue.
2. Exfoliate: I use the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner.
This is a toner and exfoliator in one and unlike most toners (which I think are mainly flowery water) this one actually works. It contains glycolic, tartaric and salicylic acid which exfoliates and brightens the complexion and smooths the skin. It is super gentle so can be used daily however Clarins recommend once or twice a week. Perfect for removing dead skin cells.
3. Treat: I have been using a serum just over a year after falling in love with Clarins Double Serum.
What is a serum though and why do you need to add it to your skincare routine?
Well basically a Serum will treat or cure problems such as dehydration, ageing, acne and sun damage. They are absorbed quicker and deeper by your skin and are more potent than your moisturiser.
I am currently using the Lush Full of Grace Bar which is deeply moisturising. It is packed full of skin feeding oils and Portobello mushrooms which are full of skin protecting vitamins and minerals. I just warm it between my hands and apply to my face at night.
4. Moisturise: In winter your skin may need a richer cream or balm instead of a light lotion. You still need SPF so make sure your moisturiser or foundation contain one. I am currently coming to the end of the Vichy LiftActiv Day cream and Night Cream. This is a little too "old" for my skin but I love the texture of both creams. My makeup just glides on over the day cream and the night cream is rich without been greasy. They are perfect for anyone 40+ who is worried about wrinkles and lack of firmness. However I will be changing to something more suitable for my skin once I have finished both. For an eye cream I am currently using the Clinique All About Eyes which is a beautiful moisture rich cream.
When your skin is dehydrated the fine lines around your eyes become more noticeable first. So it is very important to keep this delicate skin well hydrated.
5. Masks: Again it is all about the hydration. And you are probably sick of me raving about the Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. It is packed full of vitamins A, C & E which help to repair damaged skin, antioxidants to help stressed ageing skin and botanicals which leave your skin plumped, fresh and glowing with health. However I got a sample of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa last week and tried it out. It feels as light as air and my skin just drank it up. I applied a good layer of it to my skin before going to bed and sleep in it. In the morning my skin was plump and glowing. So I think I will be investing in a little jar of this!
So that's it for now. I hope you enjoyed reading this...Let me know in the comments below if you would like me to do another blog on Winter Skincare Tips for Skin/Body/Lips.
Until next time...As Always...Be Happy!
Lover of all things beauty, Makeup Artist, Blogger & Wife . I am always on the look out for the perfect makeup or the best beauty product so keep reading to follow my never ending quest!