My Summer on Instagram

My favourite Summer dress, from Tesco. I know! I couldn’t believe it either. This is what happens when you send Amy to buy bread and milk.

Ootd, What every bikini needs… a giant hat!

Outfit of the Day, ditzy floral crazy! Went a little over-board on the girly-ness. I often do.

I had many, many picnics in Howth. Howth is one of those places that needs no filter. It’s just so pretty.

A selfie that showed some summer obsessions, eyelash extensions, summer t-shirts and Fuschia’s Mineral Makeup. My hair is very long at the moment but I clipped in one layer of hair extensions for a bit more fullness.

Outfit of the night, black dress from Asos & 5 inch heels! Laughing at the Head scratch moment.

Sunning myself poolside in Lanzarote!

Another of my favourites, this one is from New Look.

There’s something about the beach at night.

Happy Birthday to me! Fairy cakes and hello kitty scooters, yes I just turned 5 :D

One hell of a birthday pressie! I was a very good girl all year ya see, adjusts halo

My favourite view, lying under a tree peeking up at the sky.

I filmed a few videos… more to come, I promise!

We ladies love our hats!

A beautiful rose for a beloved baba’s birthday

This is what happens when H&M sell dresses for €13, I then need one in every colour! I went back and bought a pink and white one too.

I pretty much moved into St Anne’s park for the Summer. Artisan Food markets, the scent of the rose garden in the breeze. Hate to be morbid, but when I die I’d like to be scattered here, take note :D

And finally, this Summer I was really obsessed with wavy hair!

Chantecaille | Meet their Global Artist

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Hi ladies, I thought I would share this with any of you interested in Chantecaille. Fernando Cadavid, Global Make Up Artist, Chantecaille Beauty will be visiting Space NK Dublin 27th September. Customers will be able to book in one to ones with him online

Here are the booking details:

Booking Fee: €15 redeemable against product on the day

Space NK Grafton Street
Dublin

Manager: Melanie
Contact: 016778615
Contact from the UK: 00 353 1 677 8615

I’m going to head along and meet Fernando myself. I have yet to try the brand so I’m very excited to see what’s what!

Any Chantecaille fans?

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KATY PERRY ROYAL REVOLUTION Fragrance Review

 

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This is the third fragrance from Katy Perry’s collaboration with Coty. I enjoyed Killer Queen, the first fragrance, but I am usually drawn to brighter scents. This offering is fruitier and more floral.

This is predominately a floral fragrance with top notes of Pink Freesia and Pomegranate.The brightness really appeals to me. The middle notes of Sandalwood, Orange Flower and Jasmine Petals add a richness without being sickly sweet. The base notes of Black Thorn, Skin Musk and Vanilla Orchard add a leatherish depth. It actually reminds me a little of Viva la Juicy from Juicy Couture.

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I love the inclusion of Blackthorn which was used in spells by witches in the middle ages. This is the sort of mystical information that really sells a product to me Ha Ha. I also have a thing for perfume bottles. This offering comes in a blue diamond. It rests on its side so won’t topple over.

Personally I wear this for both day and night. It’s not overly sweet or musky so I feel it works for me at any time although this one definitely belongs in the Spring/Summer category.

The price is great, the large 50ml EDP is €33.95 and the smaller 30ml EDP is €25.95. You get a free body lotion too. For a celebrity fragrance this lasts quite well and wears about as long as Viva la Juicy does on my skin.

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If you follow me on Twitter you will have heard about how delighted I was to receive the personalised notebook :D I have a notebook addiction. I will be using this one for blog and video ideas!

I’m ridiculously hard to please when it comes to fragrance.There are only a handful that I’ve ever really loved. This is one I will actually wear and use it up. I was thinking of doing a ‘Fragrance Flashback’ post, showing you the fragrances I have been obsessed with over the years, everything from the truly horrible Lola Lola to my obsession with Kenzo. Let me know what you think!

Has anyone tried it? Favourite fragrance at the moment?

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June Favourites | Makeup & Beauty Products

Processed with Moldiv Favourites time! I just wanted to say thank you all for your lovely comments on my back-to-youtube video , they made my day. Here is a full breakdown of the products I’ve been loving, and the video of course. Please do let me know what products you’ve been loving in the comments! DSC03375 And now for the breakdown… PicMonkey Collagejune Oskia Renaissance Cleaning Gel I am new to this brand but let me tell you that I’m already a convert. Illuminating, surely not? Oh but it is! This one makes cleansing a dream. It’s an oily gel that melts off your makeup but leaves no residue. It also didn’t break me out, wa hoo! Urban Decay Super Saturated Perversion Holy pigmentation Batman! This is to thick, so creamy and yes, so very black. It makes blue peepers look phenomenal. I use the UD angled brush to apply it. It’s creamy though so take your time. I set it with a black powder to ensure it doesn’t smudge. Redken Blonde Idol Counteracts brassiness if you’re a, ahem, ‘helped-along-blonde’. You can control the amount of colour depositing stuff that comes out in each treatment by adjusting the dial according to how many weeks it’s been since you’ve coloured your hair. I would say this works a treat on very colour processed hair but if you just have a few wee highlights it might be too heavy. PicMonkey2.jpg Essie Bikini So Teeny The only blue polish for me. It’s what I call ‘Virgin Mary Blue’, just with a touch of shimmer :D Barry M Gelly Rose This is a little tricky to apply but the colour is worth it. It requires patience and plenty of dry time between coats. NUXE Sun Refreshing After-Sun Lotion for face and body This is the best smelling body cream ever. That aside, its a great after-sun. A friend of mine burned his head a few weeks back and I handed him my tube of Nuxe, he loved it! Urban Decay Primer Potion Anti-Ageing It’s never too early to start looking after the skin around you eyes in my book. I do need a little help at this stage so if there are steps I can take to help protect my skin I’ll do it. And of course it works in all the same ways the original formulation does. (€23) favs2 The Balm Nude ‘Tude Hands down my favourite palette. The shades are so richly pigmented and easy to work with. There is a mix of shimmers and matt shades and a fairly decent combination of colours. Vita Liberata NKD SKN Medium My tan of the moment. The colour is deep but natural. It dries super fast though so you have to work fast whilst keeping everything even. Besides the colour and the fast dry time what I like about it is that it smells a little less than the usual tans. Top Shop Cream Blush This is the perfect healthy flush. There’s no more to say. Loves is! Although I do think TopShop cosmetics are over-priced. outfitsign.jpg outfit Good ol Penneys saves the day. Ok so this playsuit might not have the most amazing fit but it’s perfect for  heading to the beach. And you can’t go wrong for €7! On another note, I need a new tan bag, I’m sick of looking at this one! You can find more outfit posts on Instagram, I’ve just started there so stop by and say hello if you’re there :-) And for the video, and some disappointing products… I’ll see you all tomorrow! What products are you loving? I love a good nosie! amyxo.jpg

Most Used Product | Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer Image Skincare

IMG_0482 As you can imagine I try and buy quite a lot of beauty products. Ok, understatement of the century. I have my favourites but whilst organising my products into my new IKEA Alex storage (more on this later) the other day I wondered which product I use most. IMG_0486 It was actually pretty easy, it has to be the Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer from Image Skincare. I use it come rain, hail or shine. There are plenty of products out there that contain spf but this is the best I have come across, by a long shot. Instead of waffling about my undying love I will attempt to be more concise, for a change.

  • Contains broadspectrum UVA/UVB Sun Protection (its available in SPF30 and SPF50)
  • Moisturses extremely well
  • Doesn’t make me oily
  • Works well as a makeup base. Usually my base slides off an spf
  • Doesn’t clog my pores
  • Suitable for sensitive skin, roasacea and dry skin – I’m dry and a little oily and it works perfectly with both but they do sell a matte version for very oily skins
  • It’s water resitant
  • Paraben free
  • Contains zinc oxide which creates an actual physical barrier
  • Absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a residueIMG_0483That’s only where it starts for me. This guy has anti-ageing ingredients. It not only improves hydration and protects from free radical damage but also contains a large spectrum potent antioxidant and an oil-soluble stable form of Vitmain C. Because its from Image Skincare I trust that the right amount of ingreidents are in there to actrually work and that it comes in a form that can actually penetrate the skin. I have learned over the years that skincare brands make huge claims based on the fact their products contain certain ingredients but fail to mention that the ingredients cannot be absorbed by the skin effectively. They also sell a Daily Tinted Moisturiser version which is brilliant for those looking for dual products. It  doesn’t have a lot of coverage being a tinted moistuser but it evens out the skintone. On good skin days I apply some after I cleanse, then I just use concealer if I need a bit on my chin. It leaves your skin looking fresh and natural. I have the oil free version since I’m prone to spottiness, ugh.  I like! It shall be coming on holiday with me for sure. prevention_plus_daily_tinited_moisterizer_3_grande IMG_4128 Their Prevention + Ultra Sheer Spray is lovely to. As the name implies, it’s light and non greasy. I mainly use this on my body but I’ve applied it to my face on occasion and have had no breakouts.   IMG_4123
  • €39.50 from salons – see Renaissance Skincare for stockists
  • Tinted Moisturiser €41.50
  • Ultra Sheer Spray €36

I cannot recommend the moisturizer enough. I will always have it. Get it if you want to stay looking young, seriously.

Amy x

Treatment Review | VIORA REACTION Skin Tightening, Cellulite & Stretcmarks

Over the past year or so I have been starting to think about anti-ageing products and treatments. I want to preserve what I have for as long as possible, don’t we all. I was invited to Renaissance Laser & Skin Clinic  to try their new Viora Reaction treatment.

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How it works

Viora delivers radio frequency energy to the underlying layers of the skin. As we age collagen fibres weaken; everything from sun exposure to smoking and stress has a damaging affect. Viora stimulates the production of collage and elastin but protects the surface of the skin, this means to redness, rashes or peeling.

What it can be used to treat

  • Treats Cellulite
  • Circumferential Reduction (for example, after having a baby or after liposuction)
  • Skin tightening for ageing and lax skin on the face and body
  • Skin tightening for the appearance of stretchmarks

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My experience

I tried a skin tightening face treatment which claims to lift and tighten the skin. My lovely therapist Cristina was very knowledgable and answered all of my questions before she got started. She applied some conducting gel to an area of my face, then gently rested the device onto my skin. The area was treated in spots before moving on to the rest of my face. On their site Viora claims to be painless, I definitely felt something. It wasn’t very painful, more like a little sting on sensitive areas. For me that was my chin. I didn’t feel anything anywhere else except tickles on the left side of my face. Cue uncontrollable fits of giggles.

Immediately after treating one side of my face Kristina help up a mirror to show me what is called ‘the Cinderella effect’. The treated side was noticeably more lifted. Afterwards my skin looked normal, no redness but I looked rested. The lifting effects lasted a few days. But a course is recommended for sustained affects.

Some Viora before and afters. Note that these claim to be results after a course of treatments…

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There are some more before and after pictures here if you want a nosy. A word of caution, as with any treatment, be realistic. The response to any treatment varies from person to person. You can find more information on the treatment at Renaissance Clinic. A therapist can talk to you about your needs and recommend a personal treatment plan, since everyone is different, 01 806 3200.

My therapist also recommended some IPL to treat some broke capillaries on my cheeks. I better start saving!

Amy x

* This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to try this treatment and this is my honest review on a single treatment based on personal experience. 

NEW | CC Illuminating Foundation & Eye Roll On from GOSH | Review

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I know I have been a naughty blogger and haven’t posted in ages. I had some site issues combined with some holidays and well time got away from me. The good news is that I have been testing heap loads of new products in that time and have engaged in a spot of shopping, ok so “a spot” is an understatement but you knew that! I have a lot to share and have been preparing blog posts like the good little obsessive beauty junkie I am. So enjoy today’s makeup musings and I shall be back in the morning to tell you about an amazing lifting treatment and something called ‘the Cinderella effect’. Disney princess’s completely grab my attention.

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Is there a BB cream on the market that I haven’t purchased? Apparently not. And now I’ve reluctantly jumped on the CC Cream bandwagon. Ugh, I need help. However, some delightful Gosh products arrived a few weeks ago and I have been trying them out every since. I had share the CC Cream Illuminating Foundation  and Prime’n Refresh Illuminating Eye Roll-On with you. Loves!

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First, the CC Cream. CC is short for Colour Correcting if you haven’t a clue what I’m on about. The idea is that you get cobverage, moisture and SPF 10 in one tube. It claims to even out skin tone and illuminate the skin. It contains light reflecting pigments that hide any imperfections, I’ll tell you whether I agree now in a moment. It contains anti-aging properties that claim to improve microcirculation in the skin.

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When I fist applied this I was expecting something glurpy, don’t ask me why it’s just something I have come to expect from CC Creams. It’s nothing like that. It actually feels like a sheer foundation. Very surprising. It applies easily. There’s enough time to blend before it sets and my face didn’t eat up the product. That might sound nuts but occasionally I have had to use tonne of product to cover my face. Not with this guy. I used the smallest amount possible and blended with a flat top kabuki brush. I then went and applied a little more to the spotty and scarred bits, oh how I love them. The coverage is actually pretty decent. If you are expecting something akin to a tinted moisturiser like I was then this isn’t it. which is great for me. It covers well and evened out my skintone.

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This product does has illuminating particles so although my skin felt like satin like after application, it did get sparklier as the day went on. It wore well for a CC Cream. I have combination skin at the moment and I didn’t get greasy or dry. I think it actually suited my skin type quite well. I should point out that I used it over my usual spf moisturiser and a primer and I also applied a sheer layer of MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural as  I’m prone to oily patches. It looked natural and skin-like which is important in my books. And after 7 hours it was still there, I could see the illuminating particles under artificial light. I did have the usual wearing signs on my chin and around a dry patch, but I get that with any base. I do wonder how it would work on dry or oily skin, those more on the extreme end. I might ask a few friends to give it a try too and update this post with the results.

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A note on the packaging. I love the tube, easy to throw in  your handbag and zero mess. You can also control exactly how much product you want without waste. I wish all foundations came with a pump or in a tube! The price, at €13.99 is fairly decent, for Ireland anyway.  Especially when you consider that you are getting anti-ageing benefits, spf, hydration and coverage. As I mentioned, there are illuminating particles so if you don’t like that in a product that will be an issue for you, particularly as the day goes on.

There are only 6 shades in the line though. I have shade 03 Honey, which is about right for me this time of year, although a touch too ashy so try before you buy to avoid wasting your money. I just warmed it up with a bronzer. All in all a good CC Cream for daytime use; no grease, some spf, hydration, light feeling and sheer, light coverage. But if you are expecting a rich moisturising one, or one without sparkles – think Revlon Photoready, then keep looking.

Prime’n Refresh Illuminating Eye Roll-On

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This firming eye roll-on claims to be a perfect base for all eye makeup. If you test it on the back of your hand you will notice two things; one it does give soft-focus illumination and two, it makes your skin look plump and awesome. Apply it on your eyes and its difficult to see the effects right away but it does work for me.

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The roller balls are cool on the skin so this helps bring down any puffiness I may have, which is a lot these days let me tell you. The primer is matt but silky, no grease or chalkiness. I have been using it on a daily basis before applying my eye makeup. My concealer goes on smoother and it provides hydration without making my makeup slip. Best of all, no sparkles. It also doesn’t have any preservatives or perfume so is less irritating on the eyes.  It costs €10.99 which might be pushing it a little but I likes! Both are available online at Gosh.ie and at pharmacies around Ireland. Any fans of Gosh?

Amy xo

 

The Balm |Hot Mama Blush & Plump Your Pucker Gloss

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I have fallen head over heels for The Balm. Granted up until these two products I have only tried the Nude Tude Palette and the Mary Lou-Manizer (reviews to follow), but the quality of the products is very impressive and the price is great. Hot Mama Blush and Plump Your Pucker Gloss arrived recently from Cloud10Beauty.com. I have been using them both daily for the past month so it was high time for a review.

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I applied the gloss over a tiny bit of concealer and then smeared on a very bright shade of pink lipstick that I haven’t the courage to wear from the tube. The result was so pretty I got a little obsessed.

Hot Mama Blush is a very pretty coral peach with golden undertones and reflects. I would imagine to many people it would be very similar to Nars Orgasm but I’m a fussy pants and two me the two are not inter-changeable. In other words, I need both :D

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There is a bit of shimmer, it’s not matte. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest, you know I’m a glow addict. But a little goes a long way so go easy. It’s a great blush for a tired day since it makes me look fresh and awake. It has that I’ve-just-been-to-the-park affect on your skin. It’s also very pigmented so it will work on plenty of skin tones. It’s nice and warming on the skin so it looks natural, shimmer aside.

And a crappy iphone pic, with Sunday sweats!

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I received Plump Your Pucker in the nude shade Cocoa My Coconut. It looks quite boring in the tube but it is anything but let me tell you. I have issues with gloss- they are usually so sticky that my hair gets stuck in them or they don’t have enough stick and they wear off in 5 minutes flat. This on is perfect for me. It lasts well for a lipgloss.

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The shade is quite an opaque beige nude. It reminds me of Barry M Toffee but it’s better! It’s more milky, has better coverage and lasts much longer. I have to mention the scent, coconut and toffees. Yum. It stops me reaching for the sweeties too. I have been wearing the gloss alone, over nude lipsticks (Gosh Darling mostly) and finally, in a weird way.

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I applied the gloss over a tiny bit of concealer and then smeared on a very bright shade of pink lipstick that I haven’t the courage to wear from the tube. The result was so pretty I got a little obsessed. Here it is on bare lips…

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So there you have it, I’m addicted to The Balm! I have my eye on a blush palette next.

  • Hot Mama Blush €16.25/£13.50 from here
  • Plump Your Pucker €13/£11 from  here

Any fans of The Balm?

Amy x

NEW |Heavy Metal Loose Glitter & Adhesive from Urban Decay ♥ Photos & Review

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I have a love/hate relationship with glitter. I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame but I loathe mess. If you are a fan of glitter then you will love these new Heavy Metal Glitters from Urban Decay. The glitters came about when Urban Decay developed their Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive. The product held so well that they decided to work on loose glitters that would actually stay put.

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There are 6 shades available:

  • ACDC bright purple glitter
  • Catfight pink glitter
  • Goldmine yellow-gold glitter
  • Loaded bright deep green glitter
  • Pyrotechnics iridescent glitter
  • Reverb bright, deep blue glitter

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And for the swatches…

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They are actually easy to use and give a full-on jewel encrusted look that lasts all day. The packaging is a clean and simple clear jar with a gunmetal lid.

Glitter and I have a love/hate relationship. I remember in my teens using Vaseline on my eyelids and patting on pound world glitter before the disco :) Bet I looked a holy show as my grandmother would say but I was happy holy show! And petroleum on eyelids…scary.

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This adhesive takes the fear out of glitter. To be honest I wouldn’t go near this glitter without it. It’s light-weight which means you can’t feel it and if you have used other types of glitter adhesives you know that they often feel like glue. It rinses off with water so you don’t need makeup remover. The best part is that when you remove the adhesive the glitter comes off easily. There is also no alcohol or parabens in the ingredients list – important for products that are used on the eyes. It isn’t sticky or gummy as it wears very well.

The tube is gorgeous and has a sleek gunmetal finish. It has a nylon brush for precise application so you can use the glitter in the most specific of areas, even as a liner. Urban Decay mention it can be used ANYWHERE. Is it just my mind that goes straight to the gutter?! This stuff is perfect for body art.

Heavy Metal Loose Glitter costs €14/£10 and are on sale in selected Debenhams stores.

What do you think of glitter?

Amy xo

Mother’s Day | Last Minute Shopping

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day on this side of the Atlantic. If you’re not as organised as you had hoped and find yourself running to the shops on Sunday morning (ahem, like me) here are some ideas.

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If you’re looking for really nice skincare sets to treat your Mammy, Origins is a great option. Their Touch of Youth Plantscription Anti-ageing range helps target the four major signs of ageing by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, lifting and smoothing skin’s texture and helping to revive bounce. Sales spiel aside, I have tried the eye cream and the cleanser, they are on my repurchase life. My skin was lifted, firmer, softer and no breakouts. £49/€65

  • Plantscription™ Anti-aging serum (30ml)
  • Plantscription™ Anti-aging cleanser (50ml)
  • Plantscription™ Youth Renewing Night Cream (30ml)

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The Love Me Ginger set is a little cheaper at €40/£30. There are citrus infused aromas of Lemon, Lime, Bergamot and tangy Ginger.

  • Ginger Float™ Cream Bubble Bath (150ml)
  • Ginger Souffle™ Whipped Body Cream (100ml)
  • Incredible Spreadable Scrub™ Ginger body smoother (100ml)

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What Mother doesn’t enjoy a nice candle, the good quality kind they are unlikely to buy for themselves. Forgoe the usual Yankee and look at something a little more luxurious. The Max Benjamin Candle range is really gorgeous and they come in at only €18.95 each from Kilkenny Design. So if you’re on a budget and are looking for a smaller gift this is a great one. Kilkenny customers will receive a free box of Butlers Chocolate Truffles (RRP €15) with every purchase in-store and online over €75 from March 10th to 30th.

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The Body Shop English Dawn collection is another great option. The scent is pretty and elegant, it’s perfectly named since it smells like a country garden. It’s fresh and is not a grandma scent :)

  • English Dawn White Gardenia Eau De Toilette €25.95
  • Fragrance Mist €11.95 (this one is a great choice!)
  • Body Lotion €15.95
  • Shower Gel €13.95

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Giorgio Armani Si is my fragrance of the moment. It’s modern, elegant and soft. I would happily wear this one day or night. €54 for 30ml from Boots and departments stores. and soft.

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I couldn’t leave you without including these two beauties. If your Ma would like a new face for Mother’s Day then these are for her – either or both! They cost €36.50 each. I will be re-buying both until I’m eighty! Stocklist here.

Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque – This mask is full of antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E. It promotes hydration and reduces the signs of ageing. I love this one for dry skin days when my skin is dull and grey.

Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque – My favourite skincare product of all time, I yap about this one way too much but incase you missed my declarations of undying love – this mask contains a blend of Glycolic and Salicylic Acids which slough off dead skin like nothing else I have come across. It improves dark ageing spots, irregular pores, dry skin, lessens the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The clarity of your skin after one treatment is visible. This stuff is amazing for ageing skin, your Mammy will thank you!

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I hope everyone has a lovely Mother’s Day, whether it’s with your own Mam or your children.

Amy x

 

 

 

PREVIEW: Electric Pressed Pigment Palette from Urban Decay | Swatches & Review

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You know I’m usually a boring neutrals girl, but this Urban Decay Palette made my eyes pop. It’s the new Electric Pressed Pigment Palette from Urban Decay and it’s like standing in a sweet shop. Holy shockingly vivid colours Batman! Dork, I know. However neutral I am I sometimes enjoy playing with colour. And what better way to to do that than with a palette like this. As they say, go big or go home!

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These shadows are so beautiful. the texture is amazing, so buttery. Not one chalky one in the bunch. There is also no dud and in my experience there is always a dud.

What I like:

  • Velvety Texture
  • Excellent Staying Power
  • A dream to blend
  • Rich colour & pigmentation
  • Amazing range of shades
  • Mixture of mattes, pearl, metallics and glitters.

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If you like bright colours then this palette of velvetty, hyper-pigmented shades will be your dream come true. If you shy away from colour then this palette may scare the bejeezus out of you but remember you don’t have to wear all the bright shades at once. I like applying a bright shade to the lid and the blending in a neutral brown into the crease. Or going bare on the lid and smudging a bright shade under my eye. Cool case, tin. Giant mirror. Brush double ended pressed pigment brush. One end has a compact brush for packing on colour to line, blend and smudge and on the other a small pigment brush which can be used to apply colour all over the lid and into the crease.

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Swatches

Applied with my finger on bare skin:

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And applied with the brush over Urban Decay Primer Potion:

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  • Revolt bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter
  • Gonzo bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl
  • Slowburn bright red-orange matte with floating pearl
  • Savage bright hot pink matte
  • Fringe bright metallic teal
  • Chaos bright blue matte with tonal pearl
  • Jilted bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift
  • Urban bright metallic purple
  • Freak bright green with gold shift
  • Thrash bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl

The Double sided brush

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€45 / £38 / $49 The Urban Decay Pressed Pigment Palettes is available this side of the Atlantic from April 1st from Debenhams and House of Fraser. It’s also available online from with of these stores and feelunique.com, beautybay.com, hqhair.com and lookfantastic.com

What do you think of the pigments?

Amy x

MeMeMe arrives in Ireland – Properly! …….. First Impressions & Pics

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So MeMeMe Cosmetics have arrived in Ireland… all over Ireland! Woo Hoo! For those of you interested in the brand you may have noticed it’s presence in Superdrug in Santry over the years. It was always poorly stocked, there were never testers available and all of the products left on the shelves had been opened, used and were smudged or broken. The brand really called to me each visit though – it’s affordable, and the boutique packaging is so cute. It was a tad out of place in our awful Superdrug store. Now it will be available in pharmacies all over Ireland, and not in Superdrug at all. I couldn’t be happier.

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I popped in to the launch of MeMeMe cosmetics with baby Sofia in tow this morning. The lovely ladies guided me through all of their products, whilst reading a Marayn Monroe book to baby. I happily smeared myself in all manner of pretty products. The list of products I am dying to try is growing, more of that later. For now I was given a beautiful little bag with a few products to try. I will follow up with reviews and Face of the Days etc., but for now I will leave you with my first impressions, honest as always.

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Correct & Perfect Concealer Kit (€8.99) Hydrating cream concealer, setting powder and mirror all in one pot. This can be used for dark circles and blemishes. The packaging is great and very good quality. The concealer is quite thin on first inspection but I will test it properly before making any judgements. Based on the texture I would imagine this one might be best for covering marks and spots on the face and their creamy concealer may be better for under the eye. The powder is finely milled which is nice. We’ll see.

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Luxury Long Wear Lip Cream (€10.50) Persian Pink. Each lipstick has a name but is also associated with a particular goddessIt’s full of shea butter and although its creamy the ones I swatched were pigmented. It’s available in 10 shades. There was a gorgeous pink shade that has been added to my ‘lust-list’. This shade is a really wearable muted nude pink. It’s deliciously creamy – in fact it contains so much shea butter that I was warned to use a a lip brush to apply it instead of using it straight from the tube as it would break. That would sound a little off-putting to me except the finish and the pigmentation is really lovely. I would buy this in more shades. I will follow up with pics of how it looks on.

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Blush Me! Blush Box (€10.99) A warm coral blush with a satin finish, no glitter. The pink shade really called to me but Rouge is surprisingly pretty. The packaging is obviously very similar to Benefit blush boxes which I love. I hate to use this phrase but this one really gives you a fresh pop of colour. First impressions, impressive for the price. More on this one at a later date.

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Goddess Rocks (€15.50) I have heard quite a bit about these bronzing rocks from other beauty blogs and youtube guru’s. They leave a highlighting goldy bronze haze on the skin. I bet this looks amazing with their Celestial Haze product. I usually hate iridescent ball type highlighters and bronzers, they get stuck in your brush, land on the floor and get squashed. I’m not a fan of mess. But with these rocks that isn’t an issue, they’re big enough that that doesn’t happen. I was a little scared it they would look too intense after my first swatch but it left a really warm bronzey highlight on my skin. It’s not chunky or glittery. First impressions, I like!

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Flawless Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 (€12.99) When I swatched this on my hand this morning I was very surprised by the effects. It had decent coverage, for a tinted moisturiser. It made the skin on the back of my hand smooth and glowing so I am really looking forward to trying this on my face (I’ll be back with a review of the products as I try them properly).

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Whats rights about this brand

  • Packaging – beautiful! Holds its own against high end brands.
  • Price – affordable.
  • And now widely available, major bonus
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What else I can’t wait to try after a snoop around the products

  • Boho Balms
  • Angels with Halos Celestial Haze
  • Seventh Heaven Facebase
  • Flawless Cream Foundation
  • Little Angels Collection
  • Pink Blush Me!

Who am I kidding, I want to try it all!

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I will update this post tomorrow with a full stocklist. Let me know what you think. As I said, I will follow up with full reviews and photos of how the products look on my face.

Any MeMeMe fans? And recommendations? Anyone as excited as me?

 Amy x

NYC Nail Polish Favourites

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I love NYC nail polish. It’s cheap, it’s easy too apply, it dries in no time and lasts as well as the rest. I’ve yet to come across a dudd in their polish collection. Here are a few of my current favourites – not seasonal in the traditional sense but I love them none the less. I don’t always fancy a cheery polish, sometimes I like elegance or a bit of grunge for night time.

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Leather & Mink

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Money Never Sleeps

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I have to include one more while I’m here. Bubblegum Pink is just so juicy and sweet and has Spring/Summer written all over it. It’s a dream to apply and dries quickly. You can’t go wrong.

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Do you have any shade recommendations? A girl can never have enough nail polish :)

Amy x

 

St Patrick’s Day with New Look!

If you watch my haul videos you will know that New Look is one of my favourite high street stores. They have some pretty clothes, accessories and shoes this season. Thought I’d share since I was having a look at it this with my morning cuppa.

St Patrick’s Day with New Look from cherrie west on Vimeo.

The Open Black Pencil Dress is my favourite, it’s a great staple piece. You can shop here.

Amy x

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