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
Well January has come and gone and I really don't know where it went to. It's not my favourite month so I am glad to see the back of it to be honest.
For my January favourites I have some brilliant new skincare that has made a huge difference to my freckly little face, a gorgeous perfume that I am slightly addicted to and I rediscovered some amazing beauty products.
So stay tuned!!!!
If you are a regular reader of my blog or Facebook page then you will know I got not one but two bottles of Jo Malone's Peony & Blush Cologne for Christmas. Well I decided to return one of them in exchange for a different fragrance and after what seemed like an eternity I finally decided on Blackberry & Bay. Jo Malone describes Blackberry & Bay as: Childhood memories of blackberry picking...A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods. Vibrant and verdant. Blah Blah Blah...To me it smells beautifully fresh & citrusy... my idea of spring in a bottle. Jo Malone is available in Brown Thomas and with prices starting from about €50.
This little bottle has hands down been the best purchase I have ever made. It has made such a massive difference to my skin and I don't know why I didn't buy it sooner. It is ladies and gentlemen the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner. This isn't like your old toner...NO...the new generator of toner are designed to exfoliate, even skin texture, tighten pores and brighten the skin. It works by using acids (calm down they won't damage your skin) to exfoliate and encourage cell renewal. This brightens the complexion and also helps fight against wrinkles. I use it at night, let it dry and then apply my night cream. It costs €31 so a little on the pricey side but if you suffer from breakouts, uneven skintone, large pores or are worried about aging skin then this is the product for you.
I got the Vichy Idéalia Eye at a training day I attended back in October and as I had just finished my NeoStrata Eye Treatment it was perfect timing. My two main eye concerns are dark undereye circles and the demon fine lines have started to creep in so I couldn't wait to start this. It contains illuminators to instantly brighten the area and a load of ingredients to help reduce dark circles plus a load more to smooth out the fine lines. And I have to say it actually does work. After about 2 weeks I noticed my skin was more hydrated and my dark circles seem a lot less noticeable. Result. There is still loads in the tube so even though it costs €28 you will have it for months.
I have had this MAC Creamblush in LadyBlush for ages but it got pushed to the back of the drawer and I forgot about it. That was until Tanya Burr used it in a recent tutorial and I dug it back out. And I am so glad I did. This is basically a "healthy glow" in a pot. It is a beautiful warm neutral coral shade and is so easy to blend. This will definitely be a staple in my makeup bag for the spring.
Another rediscovery is the Vichy Dermablend powder. I have this in my kit but for everyday I use the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. However I dug this little pot of translucent powder back out and it is now firmly back in my daily routine. Don't be afraid of the colour as it sets completely clear on the skin and it just makes your makeup last the whole day. It costs €20 but will last you forever.
And last but not least it the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Again I have had this forever but since I got my Blank Canvas F20 it kinda got pushed to the back of my drawer. This just blends your foundation perfectly and gives a fabulous airbrush finish to the skin. You can build up coverage, use it to apply concealer and cream blush and basically it is a brilliant all rounder. Available from pharmacies nationwide €6.
This month's box is all about the glitz and glamour of award season. As with the last two boxes it comes packaged in a beautiful matt black box but with the Powder Pocket name embossed in Gold instead of the usual signature electric pink.
The Glossy magazine has a hair tutorial by Great Lenghts to show you how to achieve the perfect Hollywood locks and some beauty tips by Ireland's very own Miss World Rosanna Davison.
So what's actually in the box?
Shiseido - Benefiance Pure Retinol Eye Mask - Full Size RRP €63 for 12 masks (2patches €10.50)
This is a 15 minute express eye wrinkle mask which promises to instantly reduce the appearance of visible lines and wrinkles around the eye area using Pure Retinol Micro-Infusion technology. It is also highly moisturising and the Mukurossi Extract switches off the wrinkle promoting enzymes that cause wrinkles to appear. Sounds amazing...cannot wait to try them!
The Body Shop - Shea Shower Cream - Full Size €8.95 for 250ml
(Sample Size 60ml €2.20)
This is actually one of my all time favourite products mainly because of the DIVINE scent.
Its a moisturising soap free full body cleanser which lathers up to become a beautiful creamy skin softening wash with a classic scent. It is recommended for dry skin but I think it can be used by all skin types.
Herra - Herra Protect Hair Perfume - Full Size 50ml €29.50.
(Sample Size FOC)
Hair Perfume is huge at the moment with nearly every female celebrities in Tinsel Town using it during award season and the various fashion weeks. And this product from Herra is the ultimate finishing product for protecting and refreshing your hair. It contains sunflower, olive and glycerin extract and is designed to protect hair against UV, pollution and air conditioning whilst locking in moisture without leaving hair feeling weighed down. The bonus is the delicious hair perfume which was exclusively designed by Chanel's former house fragrance expert. The keynotes for this perfume are Italian Bergamot, Loquat Fruit, Midnight Orchid, Rose, White Jasmine Mimosa, Heliotrope, Lily, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood and Musk.
Don't know if I will be buying a bottle but I will say it does smell heavenly and if someone wants to give me one as a gift that would be delightful :) (Hint Hint to any of my friends or family reading this!!)
Jessica - Brilliance Top Coat - Full Size RRP €13.95 (Full Size received in box),
Jessica nail varnishes are worn by Hollywood celebrities including Rihanna and Julia Roberts. Brilliance is an advanced new formula that speeds up drying time and adds a high gloss finish to your polish. I wear Shellac on my nails all the time (It stops me from biting them) however one of my friends swears that you can use bog standard cheap nail varnish and if you use a good base and top coat it will last just as long as any expensive polish. So I will be passing this along to her to test for me.
Manicare - 4 Step File & Shine
This great nail buffer gives the ultimate high gloss shine to your nails. It has 4 sides - a Medium Grit to shape the nails, a Fine side to smooth and file the nail, the Green side to remove ridges and the White side to buff the nail to a fantastic high shine. A must have for your handbag
So thats it for another month. The total cost of the box if you were to buy all the products would be just under €30 so double the cost of the subscription which makes it great value.
My Standout Products!
I am excited to try the Shiseido Eye Mask and the Herra Protect Hair Perfume smells gorgeous but I don't think I will be investing in a bottle just because I know I won't use it.
Overall I think its a good box so I will stay subscribed for another month :)
Have any of you gotten this month's box? What did you think?
Until next time....As always.... Be Happy!
Merry Christmas everyone..
I wanted to do a perfume review for you today and I'm starting with a real good one.
Inis "The Energy of the Sea" was first launched in 1998 and has been a best seller worldwide since then.
Inspired by the beauty and energy of the sea off the western coast of Ireland Inis "embodies the coolness, clarity, energy and purity of the sea".
I love anything to do with the sea and this fragrance reminds me of many happy days spent in Salthill, Galway.
It is very hard to capture a fragrance in words and everyone has different tastes but I will try to describe this scent as best I can.
Inis is a beautiful easy fragrance to wear. It smells clean, crisp and invigorating - everything the ocean embodies. It reminds me of sunshine on my face and a light breeze on a summer's day.
For those of you who want to know about the Fragrance Notes they are as follows:
Sparkling, diffusive citrus, notes of Sicilian lemon, bergamot, neroli and traces of marine notes.
Muguet(Lily of the valley) and geranium
Enrichening and deepening spice notes of cloves and nutmeg, combined with sandalwood, oakmoss and musk
Inis is a unisex fragrance and has great lasting power. You only need one or two sprays and it will last you throughout the day.
The bottle is a beautiful frosted glass with the Inis logo on the front of the bottle. It comes in 30ml (€24), 50ml (€29) & 100ml (€39) and there is a huge range of body products and gifts sets available also. You can check out the full Inis family here @www.perfume.ie
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!