Spring has finally sprung and as the weather begins to brighten up I tend to do the same with my makeup.
I like to keep my makeup fresh and natural looking and these have been my go to products over the last month.
Bourjois Bronzing Primer
I have spoke about this products LOTS over the past 3 years. This velvety cream blends effortlessly onto the skin to give a beautifully bronze glow. I use it instead of a regular powder bronzer to contour slightly and blend over the high points of my face so I look sunkissed.
It lasts for ages and its very good dupe for the Chanel Tan de Soleil.
Available from Pharmacies nationwide RRP €12.99
Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector - Apricot Shimmer
Again a product I have spoken about lots. I have about 4 of these in different shades and will admit that they are one of my all time favourite makeup products.
I love the soft squeezy tube which manages to dispense just the right amount of product so there is no waste,
the formula which is a hybrid between a balm, gel and gloss but is non sticky and
lastly how is makes my lips look smooth & plump with a beautiful sheer wash of colour.
The Lip Perfectors also contain shea butter which leaves your lips nourished and soft.
Available from pharmacies nationwide RRP €20
Youngblood Creme Blush in Champagne Life
This is the perfect creme highlight (well that's what I use it for anyway). It is a beautiful warm golden shade that blends really well and gives the perfect hint of shimmer to the tops of your cheek bones, brow bone and bridge of your nose. Available from Youngblood stockists nationwide RRP €27 or direct from www.youngbloodirldirect.ie
Clarins Rouge Eclat Age Defying Lipstick in Pink Blossom
Another Clarins product!!! I saw this in my local pharmacy and toyed with buying it for a few weeks!!!
But I'm only human and eventually gave into temptation.
Pink Blossom is the perfect rose shade and the formula of these lipsticks are amazing.
They apply like a balm so glide on without any dryness and leave you with glossy hydrated lips.
I love the colour and think it's the perfect spring shade that will look great with a tan in summer also.
Available in Clarins stockist nationwide RRP €24
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink
At this stage I think you are beginning to notice a trend.
I love fresh dewy skin and lips for Spring/Summer and this blush gives the perfect pop of colour.
It blends easily onto the skin to add a radiant healthy flush. Brilliant if you have dry or older skin but suitable for any skin type. And cream blush is pretty much foolproof to apply...simply warm the product with your finger, pat off any excess on to a tissue (or the back of your hand) and then just smile. Apply the blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend the colour backwards. If you feel you have applied too much color, use a sponge or stipple brush to pat over the top and remove some of the colour until you get your desired result. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!
Available in pharmacies nationwide RRP €10
What products are you loving for Spring/Summer 16? Let me know in the comments below.
I hope you enjoyed reading this!!!!
Until next time...Be Happy
If I could only pick one makeup item to have for the rest of my life then it would have to be a mascara. I LOVE it.
Mascara can thicken, define & lengthen your lashes.....It opens up tired eyes in the morning and adds sexy smokiness at night. A must have in every makeup bag. I pretty much buy every new drugstore mascara that comes on the market...some I love some I hate.....
I recently grabbed the Bourjois Volume 1 Second Mascara in Ultra Black on one of my many random spending sprees. However when I got home I realised I already had the original one...Booooo!!!! Waste of €12.99. As you can see from the above photo the brushes are exactly the same with the only difference being the Ultra Black has a lot darker pigment. Perfect for those who want the blackest of black lashes.
It has a large rubber head with lots of different sized bristles which ensures that every lash is coated from root to tip. One coat is perfect for day-time wear and two coats gives you amazing fanned out thick dark lashes. Because the formula is quite thick any further coats may cause your lashes to clump so just be careful.
As you can see from the above photo it does an amazing job of adding length and thickness to my lashes.
However I don't know what it is about this mascara but it won't be making it into my holy grail collection.....I think it's the brush that I just don't love. I mean it's grand but not one I reach for every day and one I won't be repurchasing. But if you love this type of brush then this is a great mascara. It doesn't budge once applied and adds instant volume and length making your eyes pop.
Have you tried it?
Let me know in the comments below what your favourite mascara is!!!
Until next time...Be Happy!!!!
I popped into Boots at the start of the week and as usual spent a small fortune buying stuff I really don't need. But everything is soooo pretty and summery at the moment.
I had heard amazing things about the Bourjois Rouge Editions Aqua Laque so decided to treat myself to one.
I chose the shade 01 Appechissant which is the perfect peachy pink colour. From what I can gather these are supposed to be a mix of lipstick & gloss. They glides on easily with a little doe foot applicator and feel completely weightless on the lips like a water/gel but in no way sticky like traditional glosses. I did find it a little patchy at first but a second coat and a smacking of the lips sorted this right out. I think I should buy more to see what the rest of the colours are like!!!!! They are available in Boots and pharmacies nationwide for €12.49
I have no idea what the HD stands for in the Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks but basically these have a gel base rather than the traditional wax base. These smell like strawberry laces (which I love but not everyone will) and are lovely and comfortable to wear. I bought two 830 Rose & 845 Peony. Rose is the perfect everyday shade for me - a lovely peachy rose. And Peony is is what I would describe as a blue toned baby pink - a perfect summer shade.
I love love love these lipsticks. They are so creamy on the lip and even though they don't last all day - you should get 3 or 4 hours from them - they will be a definite in my makeup bag for the summer months.
Available nationwide for €10.99.
Have you tried any of these yet? Let me know in the comments below.
I'm also currently working on a blog about my Microdermabrasion treatment so keep an eye
out for that over the weekend if you are interested to know how I got on.
As always.... Be Happy!!!
I love these type of blogs mainly because I'm really nosy!!! I love knowing what people carry around in their bags so I though maybe you would like to know what I have in mine .
My handbag is filled with all the knickknacks that I need on a daily basis and I just couldn't manage without it.
Also, I think the contents of someones bag says alot about them!!!! And looking at mine....
I think it says I'm a little bit of a makeup addict - but then again you all knew that anyway!!!
So my bag of choice is a Michael Kors Jet Set Top Zip Saffiano Leather Tote.
(A massive thanks to my gorgeous husband for buying it for me).
So Ya I carry alot of stuff around with me but I just wanna be prepared for any situation that may arise. I'm a little bit of a freak like that but I hate being out and about and needing a hair bobbin or safety pin and not having it so I pack EVERYTHING into my handbag (hense why it's so fricken heavy!!!)
My purse - it's a simple black Michael Kors. Perfect size. Has a zip compartment for change, large slot for notes and plenty of little slots for cards etc.
Car Keys, iPhone & Charger - Yes my iPhone has sellotape on it...I keep dropping it and the screen has completely detached itself from the rest of the phone. I'm due an upgrade soon so I just have to wait a few more weeks!!!! I always carry a charger because any of you who own an iPhone know the battery life is just terrible. If you use it for any length of time at all it will just die. And that is not good news especially for a blogger (and self confessed phone addict).
Tampons, Pads, Hand Sanitizer & Wet Wipes - a must have in every girls handbag.
I love the Soap & Glory Hand Sanitizer cause it smells lovely and doesn't leave your hands sticky.
I go through packets and packets of wet wipes because I'm always swatching makeup on the back of my hands so I need to have something to remove it. Otherwise I manage to get it all over my clothes (especially when I am wearing white!!!).
Hair Bobbins, Gum, Breath Spray, Nail File & Safety Pins - more must haves that don't take up much room and are easy to carry around. How cute is the breath spray. It's by a brand called Hello and I just loved the packaging.
Diary, Pens, Business Cards & Beutifi.com Voucher - My diary was a Christmas present & I love it. It has a weekly planner on one side and a notes section on the other. Pens are just a random selection mostly from work.
My business card holder was a gift from my lovely friend Lorraine and I think it's super cute.
The Beutifi.com voucher I got at our last ITWBN meetup but haven't had a chance to use it yet. I love the idea behind this website - it lets you "search, browse & book 1000's of salons & freelance beauty professional near you" all with the click of a button. Brilliant if you are travelling to a strange town for a wedding or event and don't know the local salons. Saves alot of time and hassle.
Roscommon Rose of Tralee Gala Ball Tickets - Cannot wait for this event in April. I am chairperson of our local festival here in Castlerea and every year we put forward a young lady for the Roscommon Rose of Tralee Selection. We get all dressed up and enjoy a fabulous night out.
La Roche Posay Badge - This I received a few weeks ago after completing my LRP General Training. I just have to put it on my uniform.
Supplements/Tablets - I am currently taking CoQ30 for energy and Chromium which is supposed to reduce sugar craving. I always carry some form of painkiller (ibuprofen/paracetamol), Motilium for an upset tummy and I have Otrivine Nasal spray for a blocked nose. So nothing really exciting on the drugs front.
Random selection of lip products - God I really am addicted to lip products. How many lipsticks/glosses/balms can one girl need in her handbag? Anyway from left to right are L'Oreal Nude Collection Privee by Julianne (lovely peachy nude), NYX Lipstick in Tea Rose, Clarins Balm Perfector in Coral, Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Stoned Rose, NYX Butter Gloss in Truffle and finally Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in Honey.
My Makeup Bag - More lip products!!!! Hahahaha I'm very bad but I do have other essential items in here aswell. The bag itself is just a little IsaDora bag I received as a gift. It's the perfect size for my handbag and is easily wipe clean. It's contents are as follows:
Dove Deodorant - Hate being sweaty!
Bourjois Healthy Mix Pressed Powder - This is a great compact as it is really slim and has a big mirror.
Nivea Lip Butter - Blueberry (I actually have all the flavours but keep losing them)
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer in NW20 - Great coverage without looking too heavy.
IsaDora All Day Long Last Mascara* - Black (sample size)
The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream - This just smells AMAZING
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Liner in Pillow Talk - Perfect Nude shade
IsaDora Powder Brush*
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Lip Balm
Dior Lip Glow & Dior Lip Balm - There is nothing worse than having chapped sore lips so that's why I always carry at least 3 different lip balms with me.
Perfume - I decant into this handy Travalo which is the perfect handbag/travel size.Currently inside is one of my all time favourite perfumes Chanel Chance.
Jeez I can fit quite alot into a small bag!!!!!!
And that's it. Do you think I am mad for hauling all of this stuff around?
Or what else do you think I should add?
Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.
As always....Be Happy
Obviously as the season's change so should your makeup. So here is a few of my favorite things for summer.
For lips I love bright colours. I have two favourite go to products. Firstly is the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons. I love these glossy pencils as they glide on really smoothly and are incredibly pigmented.
My two favourite shades are Fuchsia Libre which is a bright pink and Peach on the Beach which is a beautiful pinky/peach that is just perfect for summer. They have SPF 15 and have a beautiful glossy lightweight finish. They are availble in six shades from pharmacies nationwide and cost €9.49
My other favourite lippy product for summer is Revlon Lip Butter. They look like a lipstick but feel like a balm and contain mango, Shea and Coconut butter - all the good stuff for hydrating your lips. On the lip they feel light and moisturising and are available in a huge amount of shades. I have three favourites. Macaroon is a neutral mid dark pink shade that would suit every skin tone. Peach Parfait is a beautiful peach shade with a little glitter. And Strawberry Shortcake is a cotton candy pink. It just screams sunshine. They are available nationwide and retail approx €10
I have mentioned this blush before in a previous blog but I had forgot all about it until I done a recent clean out. This is a lovely Rose Gold blush. It has a very light shimmer going through it and gives you a beautiful pinky/bronze finish. Beautiful!!!
I have two go to foundations for summer. My old reliable is Bourjois Happy Light Foundation. Again I have blogged about this before. It just leaves you with beautiful dewy skin. MAC Face & Body is a cult product with a lot of makeup artists. However I could never get used to it as it is quite a watery product which made it difficult to work with and I always found it to be very light coverage. But after trying it again recently I have fallen in love with it. As the name suggests you can use it all over the face & body as it is waterproof and has great staying power. You need to buff it well into the skin and you can build up the coverage from sheer to medium. It feels lightweight on the skin and leaves you with a beautiful dewy finish. It is perfect for normal to dry skin.
I have had the original Urban Decay Naked palette in my kit for over a year now and it still remains one of my favourite shadow palettes. This contains a brilliant selection of warm neutrals that will bring you from day wear right through to night. The two matte shades Buck & Naked are perfect for blending into your crease, Virgin is a beautiful highlight shade and they rest of the colours can be mixed to use in what ever way you want. I think it is approx €42 and I promise if you buy any one of the 3 different Naked palettes you won't be disappointed.
Clinique Chubby Stick Tint for eyes is another rediscovery for me. I bought this ages ago but never got around to using it. I have the shade Pink & Plenty which is a beautiful rose gold shade and can but used on its own for a soft wash of colour over the eye or as a base for powder eyeshadows.
This is new to me also. I have always just filled in my brows with a matte brown shadow but this is a handy product to have when you're in a hurry. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara is available in 3 shades Blonde, Medium Brown & Dark Brown. They all look natural and add great definition to your brows. It is available nationwide for €7.49
This is an old favourite but I still love it. L'Oreal mascaras are great and this has a beautiful curved brush with gives great curl and volume to your lashes.
I love this new product from Rimmel. I have tried the light shade and loved it so was dying to try the medium colour. This instant tan promises to smooth, soften, moisturise, even skin tone, create a healthy glow, cover, perfect and last up to 24 hours. It is kind of like apply foundation to your legs and leaves a flattering velvet finish with a slight glow on the skin. It also makes the skin look lovely and even.
And that's it....my staples for summer.
Hope you enjoyed the read
Until next time...Be Happy!!!
I know what you're probably thinking..."Not another CC cream". Yes most cosmetic companies have jumped on the bandwagon and have launched some form of BB or CC cream. However Bourjois have yet to disappoint me with any of their products so I just had to try their newest offering.
And I wasn't disappointed. The 123 Perfect CC Cream is a light, fluid, oil-free cream. It contains three colour correcting pigments: Green to disguise redness, white to conceal dark spots and apricot to brighten the skin and counteract any signs of fatigue. It is available in four shades (no. 31 is the lightest and obviously my colour).
As you can see from the above photo it gives great coverage for a CC cream and covered most of my redness, blemishes and left me with a lovely even complexion. I applied it with my fingers and really concentrated on the red areas around my nose and on my cheeks and of course the huge spot on my chin :). I powdered just the centre of my face and left the rest un-powdered so that my skin would look dewy and radiant all day.
The CC Eye Cream comes in a twist up tube with a silicone tip. It has a rich creamy texture and applied easily to the eye area without pulling the skin. However it did start to crease quite quickly so you would have to powder your eye area well to help prevent this.
So over all I am a huge fan of this CC Cream. Especially as we are coming into the Spring/Summer and I hate my skin covered in heavy foundation. I am off on hols in April and this will be the only makeup I will be bringing (It contains SPF 15 which is great). It lasts very well throughout the day, leaves your skin with a lovely glow about it and feels just like moisturiser on the skin. The eye concealer wouldn't be my favourite only because of how quickly it began to sit in my fine line, however if you are younger than me you will probably get away with it.
The 123 Perfect CC Cream retails at €13.99 (approx) and the CC eye cream retails at €10.49 (approx)
Do you change your makeup for Spring/Summer?
As always Be Happy!
So I was in my version of heaven last week (Boots in Liffey Valley) but only had a quick half an hour to look around. I needed to get a new eye cream and day moisturiser
(that was my excuse for going in - like I would need one though).
So what did I buy?
Super Facialist by Una Brennan Neroli Firming Super Lift Day Cream SPF 15 RRP €19.49
What attracted me to this cream above all others in the store was the smell. I love Neroli (Bodyshop have a Neroli Jasmin Range and its smells amazing). But upon reading the info on the packaging I decided it would suit me just fine. It's an anti-wrinkle, anti-ageing day cream with Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps dry and aging skin. Now I know I'm only 33 but the dreaded little wrinkles and lines are starting to appear and I am a firm believer that prevention is better than cure. And did I mention that I LOVE the smell of it. I actually think I am going to buy the whole Neroli range just simply because of the smell :)
Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask RRP €10.99
For those of you who read my blog on a regular basic you will know I have problematic skin. I suffer from hormonal breakouts ALOT so a good clay mask is essential. This is the first product I had heard about from the Super Facialist range so I couldn't wait to try it. And at €10.99 it's a bit of a bargain. The mask promises to unclog pores and restore skin balance. I will do a full review on it soon...Im actually wearing it as I type this :)
Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream RRP €13.49
I just finished the Clinique Repairwear eye cream and have to say I was a little disappointed. It didn't make any difference to my eye area and is pretty pricey for something that didn't work. So I had read great things about this eye cream from Botanics. It's a lovely light cream that applies smoothly and I love the tube (I hate sticking my fingers into pots). It says " This hydrating eye cream smoothes the appearance of fine lines and hydrates, with protective ginkgo. Anti-oxidant vitamins help protect for a younger looking eye contour". Well we will see....
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Black Mascara RRP €16.49
I have a small obsession with mascara and have been very impressed with L'Oreal's mascara's in the past. So after reading a blog where this was mentioned I just had to buy it. It has a rubber brush and the brand's new anti-clump wiper which removes surplus mascara so no overload & no clumps.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream RRP € 13.99 & Bourjois CC Eye Cream RRP €10.49
I am really getting into the swing of these CC creams. This is my second one in as many weeks. (Must stop buying makeup!). I love all the Bourjois Foundations so said I'd give the new CC cream a go. It is a light coverage cream which evens out your complexion using colour correction pigments. It contains green pigments to cover redness, apricot pigments to cover dark circles and white pigments to brighten. I really hope it works as CC creams are really quick and easy to apply and save me alot of time in the morning. So fingers crossed.
The CC Eye Cream comes in a little twist up applicator with a silicone tip. (Not too sure about it though). From just testing it on my hand it looks like a nice creamy concealer. I will do a review on both of them soon for you.
Soap and Glory Super-Colour Fabulipstic Collagen Boosting Lipstick in The Missing Pink & Red My Lips RRP €11.50
Firstly I just love the names that Soap and Glory give their products. They always make me smile (People must think I'm mad smiling away to myself whilst looking at makeup). Anyway I was looking for a pinkish nude basically a my lips but better shade and The Missing Pink is just that. Gorgeous everyday colour and really moisturising on. Red My Lips is a funny name for the second lipstick as its in no-way red in colour. It is a beautiful neutral plumish colour. (Check out the photo below as both lipsticks are swatched to give you a better idea of the colour). Both lipsticks apply like a dream, feel gorgeous on the lips and I will definitely be going back for more.
Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in Drive Me Nude RRP €7.95.
Rimmel are the latest to jump on the "Chubby Stick" lipstick/balm wagon. I think they are a great idea because they are so handy for your handbag, easy to apply and most have a stain quality to them meaning they last on your lips for hours. I have loads of them from Clinique, Bourjois, Revlon and Catrice but wanted to try the Rimmel ones after reading loads of great things about them. I actually didn't have a nude one so chose this beige nude stick. I think there are seven or eight shades in total. As you can see from the photo above it's a lovely creamy deep nude shade great for everyday wear. (It actually comes out a little deeper on the lips so be careful when picking colours). And at only €7.95 I will be stocking up on a few more of the shades.
So that's my latest haul.
If you have any questions you would like answered or use any of the products mentioned above and want to let me know what you think of them leave me a comment below.
Until next time...As always... Be Happy!
So my sister pointed out that I never give a product a bad review on here. Generally I only blog about product I think deserve mentioning but sometimes I do come across products that are rubbish or just aren't worth the hype that they get.
So in the interest of keeping things fair (and of course it might potentially save one of you money ) I am going to do a regular blog on products I have been disappointed with.
Now bare in mind that just because I didn't like the products or that it didn't work for me personally, it doesn't necessarily mean that you won't like it either. I will explain why I didn't like the product so it might help you figure out wither it will work for you or not.
So here goes!!!
1. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream - This has a very watery texture which provides very little coverage. It left a greasy sheen on my face after wearing it for only a short time despite it being oil free. It's just not all its cracked up to be. Didn't work for me at all....
2. L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation - I had great hopes for this makeup. It applied well and I loved it at first however after about 2 hours it left my skin looking very shiny and after 3 hours it had completely disappeared.
3. L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream- This just makes you look orange. It starts off a a white cream and is supposed to blend to match your skin tone. However unless you want to look tangoed I'd stay well clear. Oh and it applies like cement!
4. L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation - I done a full review on this when it first came out. It's very light coverage and its very watery and me and it just don't get on.
1. Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Mega Melon - Not great colour payoff, didn't last very long and I may aswell have bought a chapstick especially for the price.
2. Rimmel Apocalips Nude Eclispe - Blah is the only word that comes to mind. I love the Apocalips range but there isn't a huge colour selection and this is the only nude shade. Its not a great nude far too beige on the lips.
3. Bourjois Effect 3D Max Lip Gloss - I didn't mind the actual lipgloss. It was the applicator that makes this awful. It is shaped like a spatula therefore making it imposible to apply with any precision and either trowels it on or scrapes it off.
Benefit Erase Paste - I loved this at first as it covered my dark circles really well and brightened up my undereye area however like a huge amount of undereye concealers it just enhanced my fine lines and settled into creases. I was expecting perfection for the price but it just wasn't to be.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Mascara - I had read such great things about this mascara and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. However it flakes like crazy, the brush is too big to get smaller lashes and it dries out really quickly.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Petticoat- This is just too shiny on the skin. It is far to pink to use as a highlight and is too glittery to use as a blush. I do love the Mineralize Soft & Gentle though
L'Oreal Skin Perfection Serum -
This didn't improve my skin pigmentation or tone. I only bought it because the gorgeous Cheryl Cole was promoting it and I really should have known better than to let advertising influence me. It did sink straight into my skin and left it feeling soft but didn't make any difference to my pores or skin texture.
ROC Gentle Exfoliating Cream - Well I know it's for sensitive skin but jeeze you might aswell be rubbing cream into your skin. It didn't do anything for me and there are alot better exfoliators on the market
L'Oreal Luminize Moisturising Day Cream - This just didn't do anything for me. It is a beautiful cream which left my skin really soft and I was hoping for a dewy glow as promised by the packaging but I was left disappointed. I just think you can get better day moisturisers for the money.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan - At first the smell is bearable but after a few hours the dreaded fake tan odour kicks in. Then the colour payoff isn't great either. It remained very light even after 3 applications. It just wasn't worth the money.
So now Breda (that's my sister) there you go a whole load of bad reviews for you. I hope it makes you happy :)
After reading back over it poor old L'Oreal have got terrible abuse but I do love alot of L'Oreal products (just not the ones mentioned above).
I hope you found this somewhat helpful.
And if you have any questions about a product (even if I have never mentioned it in a blog) just message me or contact me on my
Until next time....As always.... Be Happy!!!
I can't believe that January is over already. It flew (well for me anyway).
I tried loads of new products in January (mostly due to the fact I got loads of beauty stuff for Christmas) so with that in mind here are my January Beauty Favourites.
Olay Regenerist 3 Point Cleansing System (RRP €29.99).
I am in LOVE with this product.
Originally I had wanted a Clarisonic but they cost nearly €150 so I wasn't willing to hand over my hard earned cash and discover that it didn't work for my skin.
This products claims to:
- Deepy cleans (removes dirt and makeup)
- Gently exfoliates (remove dead skin)
- It is water resistant
- Enables better penetration of your skincare products
- Make skin feel instantly cleaner & fresher
- Skin texture is improved & smoother with continuous usage
It comes with a tube of Olay Regenerist but I use it with my own favourite cleansing wash. I have been using it for over a month and it really has improved the texture of my skin and I haven't had as many blemishes either. It has 2 speeds so if you have sensitive skin you can still use it. I just love it. I will do a full review of it during the week so you can get all the info.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
So as you can tell from above I love the Olay Cleansing Brush - However I might have over done it a little especially on the tops of my cheeks. I over exfoliated and really dried out the skin. Cicaplast Baume B5 is a Repairing Balm which soothes and repairs sensitive or irritated skin. It really is a wonder balm. It is very thick so you only need to use a small amount, warm it slightly between your hands and apply where ever needed. It makes a super primer and leaves my skin soft, supple with a dewy glow I am forever trying to achieve.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lip
Another member of the Cicaplast family is their barrier repairing balm. If you are a regular reader of my blogs you will know I'm obsessed with lipbalm. And this one is amazing. It contains 10% Shea Butter which creates a seal over the lips so repairing can start from deep down and it has an anti-inflammatory soothing effect thanks to the 5% Panthenol. It promises to soothe and nourish the skin & preventing future chapping. So if you have sore chapped lips and nothing seems to work you should really give this a try.
Topshop Lipsticks (approx €10)
I have only recently discovered Topshop makeup and I'm very impressed. I really like the lipsticks though. They have a great colour range, are a great price and are very moisturising. You can blend them in easily for more staying power or wear them as is. Their range of cream blush are gorgeous also. Trigger is a gorgeous deep red and Innocent is a beautiful "your lips but better" shade.
L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (RRP €6.69)
For those of you still using Cleansing wipes (tut tut) this is a great alternative. It dissolves makeup quickly and easily and leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh. You can use it on its own or as a pre-cleanse. It removes all makeup including eye makeup and stubborn lip colour. Just put some on a cotton pad wipe over the entire face
Bourjois Happy Light Foundation (RRP €16.99)
I discovered this towards the end of 2013 and it has been a stable in my makeup bag ever since. It has a beautiful velvety texture which blends into the skin for a luminous natural finish. Depending on how you apply it the coverage can vary from light to medium and if you lightly powder it will last about 8hrs. Basically this is a brilliant everyday makeup.
DIOR Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm (RRP €27.00)
I know its a bit expensive for a lip balm but in my defence it was a Christmas present (thanks Tracey). That aside this is a beautiful luxurious nourishing and smoothing lip balm with a delicate rose fragrance. And every time I put it on it feels like a little bit of heaven.
MAC Blush Warm Soul (RRP €23)
Warm Soul is a natural burnt peach shade and personally I think it should be in every woman's makeup bag. It has a gold shimmer that is very fine and subtle and it just adds a beautiful natural warmth to the face. I am totally in love with it.
So thats it for my January Favourites.
I hope you enjoyed them.
Let me know what you have been lovin' in January
Until next time - Be Happy!
Spring is just around the corner (that's if we aren't all washed away by this weather before then). Here are some of the gorgeous Spring/Summer makeup trends that have been seen all over the catwalks. I will try and post pictures of the more "wearable" ones.
Michael Kors used the colour Dame from his own range to create a beautiful berry lip (photo on the left). You will be able to recreate the look with Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stains and Bourjois Shine lipsticks.
Its all about the cat eye this Spring/Summer. So wither you like to use a gel, liquid or pencil you better start to practice. Makeup artist Mally Roncal said that a thin cotton swab dipped in makeup remover is the key to getting a neat clean line. I love the L'Oreal Super Liner and the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner with an angled brush.
No the 80's aren't back...Blue is back though and VERY trendy. You will be looking for an electric blue shadow or liner. Bourjois are ususally bang on trend with their liners and Maybelline have a gorgeous cream shadow which you can use as a base or an all over shadow (Eye Studio Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in Tenacious Teal).
Bright Orange Lipstick
Don't be afraid of this trend. It was massive on the catwalks with designers such as Donna Karan, DKNY, Christian Siriano and Rag & Bone all opting for various hues of the orange family. Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick In Love With Ginger is just gorgeous and Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids in Mandarin and Electric Orange all fit the bill. To get a hint of colour just dab on with your finger and buff into your lip. You get a toned down version of the colour and a beautiful matte longlasting finish.
Glowing nude skin just looks beautiful in Spring. You can achieve this look in a few different ways - 1. Use a tinted moisturiser - I love the Laura Mercier primer in Radiance followed by the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser. 2: Using a moisturiser and illuminator. Revlon Skinlights is gorgeous applied to the cheek bones, temples and bridge of nose with a damp sponge. 3: Bourjois BB Bronzing Cream gives a beautiful glow to the skin and they also have a bronzing primer which I use as for contouring the skin (the Bourjois Bronzing Primer is a dupe for Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel). Both leave your skin with a beautiful sunkissed look. If you suffer from oily skin and feel you need to use a powder only apply it to the areas that really need it.
So thats it...Everything is very wearable so just play around with colours until you are comfortable.
Which is your favourite trend? Let me know in the comments below.
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