OSKIA | The Nutritional Skincare Angle

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I have been keeping beauty secrets! I think it’s clear I love a bit of skincare but I don’t know if you guys know how interested I am in holistic nutrition. It has been something I have been reading up on for years and a big part of my life. So I was really excited when I heard about OSKIA skincare arrival to our shores. If you haven’t heard of the brand they create nutritional skincare, that has been proven to work. I have fallen hard.

Renaissance Mask | Nutri-Active Brightening & Resurfacing Mask

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This award winning mask is so luxurious. It’s used by makeup aritsts on sets and back stage to give the skin a luminous radiant glow, most famously on Angelina Jolie during filming of Malificent. It’s designed to leave the skin instantly healthier, brighter, more refined and illuminated. And trust me, these days I could use some of that! It contains nutrients and bio actives, removes dead skin cells, boosts cell regeneration, evens skin and brightens complexion. Each ingredient is chosen because of its specific benefits. You know how wonderful your skin looks a few days after a facial? Well with this you get that right away. I have started using it right before events and nights out. It applies like an oil It’s also for all skin types – I find when dryer I can use more frequently. (€60/£48.50)

Rose de Mai Massage, Body Oil & Treatment Candle

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This is an indulgent treat. It’s a body candle, you basically light it and then pour it on the skin. I know it sounds mental if you have never heard of these but it works amazingly well. It’s made with natural ingredients including beeswax, soybean and coconut oil and is full of skin smoothing omegas, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It’s  fragrance with Rose de Mai perfume which lingers on the skin all day. Vogue and Cosmo can’t be wrong, and they’re not. My skin is silky soft after a treatment. (€43/£34.50)

Renaissance Cleansing Gel| Illuminating Vitamin & Pumpkin Enzyme

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If you have dull skin like I do this stuff is the business! It’s a gel-to-oil cleanser that removes impurities and makeup. It leaves your skin looking fresh and radiant. It doesn’t dry the skin out at all. It can be used on all skin-types, although if you have oily skin a muslin cloth is recommended for removal. A is a dull girls best friend. I’m converted. (€35/£28)

A bit of background… and why I was riveted from the start

I will start by saying that this is not a sponsored post, I just love this stuff. I was fortunate enough to meet the woman behind the brand, Georgie. Wow, what an interesting, impressive lady. She came across OSKIA’s key ingredient MSM, sulphur, when she damaged the cartilage in her knee. Her father who worked with nutritional supplements gave her the supplement which was traditionally used on racehorses to help regenerate cartilage. Georgies knee improved dramatically. This led her to create skincare based around MSM, believing in its ability to stimulate collagen and help regeneration.

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One of the things I like about the brand is that it is constantly evolving. New ingredients are tried and tested, the formulas are constantly being improved upon. Another thing that pleases me greatly is that the brand isn’t just about marketing. There are quality ingredients rich in nutrients added in the bucket-load to ensure the products are effective.

I can’t wait to try more from this brand. I particularly want to try their MSM supplement. I wonder will it help my skincare routine along. I am also keen to try the Get Up & Glow Serum, it really sounds impressive.

A natural/organic note – Oskia products conatin 98% natural or nature-identical ingredients, the other 2% are Ecocert approved preservatives. Where possible the ingredients are organic. They’re free from artificial colours and fragrances, sulphates, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, phthalates, silicones, DEA, TEA and parabens.

OSKIA is available from Space NK, which has kinda become my mother-ship, an expensive one! :D

Has anyone tried OSKIA?

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Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Palette, Polish & Eyeliner

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I’m not ashamed to admit that if Urban Decay release a new palette, I have to have it. I love the quality and pigmentation of the shadows, adore the packaging and well I honestly I get sucked in by the limited edition part. There is a par of me that also loves a gimmick. Their latest palette was released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film Pulp Fiction.

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The palette conatins 5 shades, three of which are new. They are also made with the new formulation which means they apply like a velvet dream and last all day. The shades are inspired by the character Mia. The packaging is durable cardboard rather than tin. There’s a decent sized mirror and a blood red double ended brush. (€22/£17.50)

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  • Righteous – light cream matte
  • Tyranny – warm brown matte
  • Vengeance – deep taupe brown matte-satin
  • Furious – white satin
  • Anger – black satin with slight tonal sparkle

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I am in lurve with with nail polish! It’s called Mrs. Mia Wallace. It’s a deep red with slight shimmer and a high-gloss finish. But the description really doesn’t scratch it. It’s such a beautuful shade. It’s one of those polishes that looks different depending on the light. I have had so many compliments on it. (€14/£10)

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Here is a bit of a messy swatch but you get the idea. It was really hard to find a picture that showed the true colour and finish of the polish. The bottle above is actually more accurate.

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The Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Gunmetal is black with silver sparkle. Although glitter won’t be everyones cup of tea I should point out that it is super-fine but still packs bling. It dries quickly and does stay put. I actually used some on the centre of my lid over  a grey smokey eye for a night out, worked quite well.

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All in all a good offering for the price range. The palette is good for those of you who want some basic shadows that you can dress up or down as such. The glitter liner isn’t really my thing but if you like glitter you will disagree. And I did like it on the lid with a smokey eye. The polish is a love!

Did anyone splurge?

I’ll be back tomorrow morning with a rave about some absolutely magic skincare. I can’t get enough of it!

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Eylure Lash Collection |Natural, Volume, Length, Drama!

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I love a good set of eyelashes. But I have to be honest,  I haven’t always been a fan of strip lashes.They were once reseverved for dramatic makeup looks, which isn’t really me. These days there are plenty of every-day type lashes that are comfortable to wear and don’t peel mid way through your day. Best of all, no one can tell. Well unless you want them to.

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Eylure lashes are a favourite of mine. The main reason for this is quality but price is a close second. If you look after them you can wear them again and again. I have been trying out their new collection over the past few months.

Naturals No. 020 These ones are best for light length and fullness as they are fine and evenly balanced. They are subtle and natural. Perfect for day time wear or for those new to false lashes.

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Lengthening No. 155 These guys give you a winged effect, they are long and light. They really open up the eyes.

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Volume No. 107 I would imagine these are probably the most popular pair. They give depth to the lashline.

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Definition No. 120 If you’re looking for something with a little edge these lashes are spiked with teased tips.

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Dramatic No. 202 Ooh the flirties! They’re double layered so they’re full and long but very wearable.

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Exaggerate No. 202 If you love emphasis on the outer corner of the eyes these are lovely. They’re very full too.

Texture No. 117 These are fun with long lashes that are twisted and messed at the ends.

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I have to say, I’m loving the new packaging. I’ll be stocking up! Each set costs €6.99. Here in Ireland you can get them from McCabes, Sam MacCauleys, Shaws, Cara and Mulligans pharmacies.

Have you a favourite set of lashes?

I’ll be back later tomorrow morning with an Urban Decay post. Has Amy another palette?? Hee hee!

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Oh my! Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Collection | Review & Pics

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I won’t lie to you, I just about skipped with delight when Charlotte Tilburry’s makeup range arrived at their new stand in Brown Thomas. I mashed myself in between all the bodies trying to get a nosy at the beauteous products I had heard so much about. I got the chance to join some other beauty bloggers and really explore the brand. I am in love!

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The counter is laid out in a way that you can see each of Charlotte’s 10 signature looks. You may have seem the adds around town and such but essentially the same model is used to create each look, the differences are amazing. I myself went for The Golden Goddess which suits my colouring perfectly. The Bombshell and the Uptown girl really called to me too. Anyways, on to the deliciousness…

Filmstar Bronze & Glow | Face Sculpt & Highlight €65 /£49 

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Oh. Sweet. Holy. Moly. This is the most beautiful palette I have ever seen! Forget about the product itself for a minute, the packaging is divine. The elegance, the opulence, the glamour!

Luxury Palette | Colour-Coded Eye Shadows €50/£38

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The Golden Goddess Quad

These quads are colour coded eye palettes. They are designed to take the guess work out of application with application tips. Each palette contains a prime shade, enhance, smoke and pop. Each shade offers a different texture for layering and creating different affects. Charlottes idea is that each palette works from Desk-Dusk-Disco, all you have to do is dial up your look. They are so easy so apply and blend. A good fluffy brush is a necessity for blending.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From the Lipstick Tree €30/£23

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Charlotte’s lipsticks are a dream. There are ten in the collection, a capsule collection, with everything from a classy nude to runway red. I have been loving this beige nude Nude Kate its elegant and wearable. No hint of the dreaded concealer lips! I have to mention the packaging. The gold tube has an air of old-time glamor. It feels sturdy and looks expensive. It’s a lipper you would be proud to take out of your makeup bag.

Rock ‘N’ Kohl €25/£19 Liquid Eye Pencil

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Yes this is a pencil but it glides on like liquid with great accuracy. It’s so richly pigmented. I’m tough on black eye liners, there are very few that work for me. This one is heaven! I also read that it stimulates collagen production which will help with anti-ageing  over time. The idea is to even the creases on the lid which leads to smoother application. This is a bit of a tall order but I do live in hope. I’ll keep you posted. This guy is waterproof and lasts up to 14 hours too.

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Oh holy heaven! I can’t get enough of Charlotte!

What do you guys think of the brand?

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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!

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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?

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.

Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive

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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

 

 

 

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