Blackcurrant/blackberry scents are very popular at the moment. The Body Shop’s offering, White Musk Smoky Rose, has been on my locker for the past few weeks. It’s not unlike Lanvin Couture or Lancome Midnight Rose but of course it’s far cheaper.
Does it smell like the original White Musk? Absolutely not. It’s quite a delicate scent, rose of course but much more than that. It’s warm and spicy, sweet yet a little mysterious.
- Top notes: Bergamot, pink pepper, blackcurrant
- Middle notes: Tobacco blossom, black rose, orange blossom, immortelle
- Base Notes: Olibanum and white musk
Smokey rose is the the perfect name for this fragrance. The dry down is nice and nowhere near as musky as the first spray. It doesn’t wear very well on my skin unfortunately, four hours at most but other people may have better luck! I’m usually a fan of light scents, they suit my personality better. Musks and seductive scents aren’t really me. This one is for fans of heavier perfumes.
Definitely a stand out fragrance for The Body Shop.
- €15.95 edt 30ml
- €23.95 edt 60ml
- This gift set is €32
- €13.95 body lotion
- €15.95 shower gel
Available from The Body Shop stores or online
It’s that time of year again. Our once smooth, soft hands start to transform into something much more sinister. For me it’s central heating, far too much hand washing and running outdoors that lead to that horrible crispy feeling so I like to take precautions.
There are a tonne of hand creams on the shelves, some cheap as chips, other stretching the budget a little. To save you time I have been dabbling with a selection over the past few months. Let me say that I always have a tube of Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Lotion in my drawer but it’s not a great moisturiser or protector. I actually use it on my cuticles so I didn’t include it here.
1. Image Ageless Total Rejuvenating Hand Creme SPF 15
This is the best of the best in my book, I wouldn’t be without it. It diminishes age spots with a blend of natural skin lightening agents. It also builds up collagen making the skin look plumper and younger. This cream contains UVA/UVB broad spectrum sun protection which a good all rounder needs to prevent age spots on the hands from sunlight. It smells like lemons which is unusual but refreshing none the less. Co-enzyme Q10 is on the list of ingredients which fight free radicals and help prevent environmental damage.
The tube is 2fl oz / 56.7ml which is a decent size but not too much to lob in your handbag. It’s very moistursing and yet isn’t greasy – greasy hand lotion means greasy skin and hair at the end of the day! The best thing about this product is that it’s by Image so I trust that it will work. Money well spent in my opinion. A lady I know said this cream worked magic on her “witch like hands”, her words not mine :). If your hands are in serious need of rejuvenation than this might be worth the spend.This beauty costs €38 which is steep but it’s a cosmeceutical product with SPF. This gear works!
2. Yon-Ka Nutri-Protect Repairing Comforting Hand Cream Yon-Ka is a another brand you can rely on but how does their hand cream measure up? This product is pure luxury. It smells absolutely gorgeous although I can’t put my finger on the scent. Like all Yonka product it smells of botanicals but in this instance it’s more fruity and light. It’s rich and nourishing and is a real treat on your cuticles. However it doesn’t contain SPF which means it’s no good as a day-time option for me. This is a night-time treat. The tube contains 1.73fl oz / 50ml which makes it slightly smaller than the Image one. It costs €29.50 but contains advanced anti-ageing properties.
3. Dr.Ceuticals Super Repair Hand Cream This is fast absorbing cream that also contains Q10, hydrating glycerin and a pro-collagen peptide which all help to keep the skin moisturised and youthful. The scent is subtle, fresh and pretty. It doesn’t smell as good as the Yonka or Image one, it reminds me of a Nivea smell, which is very nice. It’s light, non-greasy and really does absorb quickly. This one is a repair cream as it says on the tube, so no SPF for day use. The tube contains 75ml/2.5fl oz. Dr Ceutical products are available from Boots and from DrCeuticals.co.uk €13.99 / £9.99.
Dr.Ceuticals Hand De-Age Cream SPF 15 I have spoken about this one before but it was worth adding into the post. This cream is designed to brighten dark spots, smooth and hydrate the skin whilst protecting it from sun damage. Their Super Repair cream has a nicer scent, this one smells fresh like all of the other Dr Ceuticals skin products.
You may be wondering why I compare scent when I’m reviewing hand creams. Well for me scent it important. If I am going to be applying a cream throughout the day on an exposed part of my body it should smell nice!
I love hand products. Everyone uses them so they make a nice token gift too. I’m thinking of Christmas here. Have it gift wrapped with a pretty ribbon and voila, a useful present which would be appreciated by most.
I have been using Ren’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser for the past month. The product, formerly known Jojoba Microbead Purifying Facial Polish, has been given 5 stars from testers time and time again. Of course, I had to see for myself.
Us skincare junkies can be a bit gung-ho when it comes to a face scrub. I once thought the rougher the better (haha). Well having been told by countless professionals that my skin is fine in texture, like anyone who has a celtic complexion, I have changed tactics. This is a non-abrasive 2 in 1 product;. firstly it cleanses the skin with exfoliating beads made from Jojoba Wax. The wax microbeads will gently lift and exfoliate dead skin cells and other pollutants. Secondly, the wax melts to indicate that the exfoliation phase is finished. The melted Jojoba Wax then deeply hydrates to firm and plump up the skin.
This is a great one for those with reactive skin. If you’re red, sensitive, acne-prone, have rosacea, this is worth a try. It doesn’t cause any irritation – not just for me, I searched through reviews to see if others disagreed, the general consensus is that this is fantastic for sensitive skin.
It contains Triglycerides from Jojoba Oil help add suppleness to the skin and Alpha Pinene from Juniper Oil and Menthone from Peppermint Oil, uplift and detox the skin.
I apply to my damp face and gently massage with circular movements while avoiding the eye area and then rinse it off with warm water.
This cleanser leaves my skin squeaky clean without feeling dry. After a few weeks of use my skin clarity has improved. There was no redness, no irritation and no breakouts. It actually cleared two spots I had pretty quickly. I should point out that this is not one of those products with rough particles that will slough off dead skin in one swipe. It is more about regular use and gradual but visible improvements.
The bottom line? This is a good all rounder but particularly good for sensitive skin. It also works wonders on congestion and black-heads, you can’t go wrong! It coats €22 / £15 from www.renskincare.com, from BeautyBoutique.ie or inhealth.ie and Sephora in the US.
Blank Canvas have gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month! The F20 Foundation Brush and Airbrush Blender have been pinkified! €1 from each sale, from now until October 31st, will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness.
“The ultra-glam Hot Pink F20 Flat Buffer is made of short, soft and lustrous fibres, ideal for applying liquid or cream foundation to deliver a flawless HD finish. The densely packed flat top sythetic fibres manoeuvre easily around the face and help blend foundation seamlessly, resulting in a look that appears almost airbrushed! And speaking of airbrushing, the latest beauty tool trend, the oval airbrush blender, is also available in pink at Blank Canvas Cosmetics. This nifty little latex-free sponge is soaked in warm water to expand and then used to apply foundation in a stippling motion, reaching into every corner and crevasse.
And don’t forget ladies, when you’re getting ready for that big night out and you’re touching up your make up, give yourself a touch up and regularly check for abnormal lumps and bumps around the breast area. Keep safe, think pink!”
- Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 Flat Top Kabuki Brush in Hot Pink: Price €13.99/£11.80
- Blank Canvas Cosmetics Oval Pink Airbrush Blender: Price €6.99/£5.90
- Available to purchase online at www.blankcanvascosmetics.com.
I have had a load of demands for Outfit of the Day posts. I’m finally doing what I’m told! I should point out that what looks like a yacht is actually a dirty fishing boat is Howth :) I’m much more of a fishing boat type of girl anyways!
Blazer ASOS (previous season) / Boots – New Look / Skirt – New Look / Ring – Boots / Bangle – River Island / Black Gold Bracelet – New Look / Bag – H&M / Glasses - H&M / Top – have no idea where this one came from!
Note to self: Do not wear swingy skirts to a harbour when it’s windy :).
Let me know if you like these kind of posts and I’ll keep them coming!
As I promised in my video here are all the photos and swatches you could need :)…
Kardashian Beauty Au Natural Lip Set – In the Flesh
Thank you to my sister for letting my borrow her lips! :)
There are three shades available: In the Flesh (above), In the Nude and In the Buff. €18.95 Link As you can see, very Kardashian like.
Kardashian Beauty SheBang Eye Transformation Kit
Kardashian Beauty Joystick Lipstick Pen
Sea Coral (Top lip swatch) and Babydoll Pink. €13.95 Link
Kardashian Beauty Intimate Spotlight
Link €12.95 Available in three shades.
Kardashian Beauty Limited Edition PDQ Cabana Nail Lacquers
€9.95 Cold Coast (above). Available in 6 shades. Link
All my thoughts on these products can be found in the video above. No point in boring you with repetition :)
You know how much I love a nude lip product! Well, YSL have decided that nude doesn’t stop at beige. These goodies are definitely not boring! They have launched Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres or Rebel Nude Lipsticks to us.
When I first saw the packaging I assumed this was a gloss. Wrong. It does go on quite creamy but it dries to a stain with a sheen. It’s quite unusual and not like any lip product I have tried to so far. Usually I find stains too intense and too drying, that is not the case with this gem.
Here’s how it looks on my sisters lips in natural daylight…
Indoors with flash so you can see the reflectiveness…
(Thank you little sister for lending me your beautiful lips!)
The photo above taken with flash over-exaggerates the iridescence. You can see a slight hint of it in natural light which is very flattering. I had to try a variety of lighting set ups and flash to show it to the extreme so don’t be scared of it :) It’s still natural.
They are made with a new formula and texture which as a I mentioned is unique. There is a brush instead of a doe foot applictaor which is a bonus for me. It’s far easier to apply this way. It feels fresh on the lips too. The best thing is that they have hold but they aren’t sticky!
One slick gives a natural colour and a little transparency. You can wait 20 seconds and apply a second coat which is what you see in the swatch pictures. You can lightly blend with your fingertip to tone down the effect if you wish. I do this last step with all glosses. I like a slightly smooshed look rather than super polished – I use the word ‘smooshed’ since it looks like someone has just kissed you :) Something YSL recommend is to mix & match shades, that’s not something I ever thought of doing, it could also get very expensive! Too rich for my blood I’m afraid.
The packaging is very beautiful. I love that you can see the shade through the tube. Also the brush is precise and delivers the right amount of product, without waste.
Choosing the right nude: There is one to suit every woman. No. 103 Pink No Tabboo, No.4 Fuchsia Tomboy and No.108 Violine Out of Control are the most intense. No.101 Nude Provocateur, No 106 Beige Anarchist and No.107 Naughty Mauve are the most transparent. There are also two orangey tones for ladies with fair skin – No.102 Corail Mutin and No.105 Corail Hold Up.
It’s rare for a product to surprise me but this one sure has. They cost €33 each so these bad boys are for a payday treat!
I thought this might be of interest to some beauties out there!
“Therapie Clinic has launched their annual campaign to find the new, up and coming face of 2014. How would you like to be discovered Read more…
The focus of NYC’s new makeup trend this season is peachy, luminescent skin. I could do with some of that!
Skin Matching Luminizer Foundation is available in 5 shades. It’s a lightweight foundation which contains light-reflecting particles. It contains emollients, vitamins and minerals and moisturises the skin whilst evening out the skintone. It also costs only €4.49 / £3.99
Liquid Lip Shine is available in Toast of New York and Pink Cosmo. One peach, one pink. I have raved about NYC glosses before so I won’t bore you but basically they are great! They also taste of Refresher sweets, yum :). €2.29 / £2.99
Colour Wheel Mosaic in Pink Cheek Glow. This is a another one of my NYC favourites. The pink works best of my skintone, whilst the peach looks great on other but unfortunately not on my skin. You can’t go wrong with these! €3.79 /£3.99
Colour Instinct Palette in Picnic in Central Park. Contains four wearable neutrals. These shadows are very pigmented. If you like gold shadows then pick this up, the gold in particular is amazing on blue eyes. €3.49 / £3.49
Kohl Eyeliner in Chocolate Brown. This is a very decent liner, especially when you factor in the price. Well worth adding into your shopping trolley. €1.49 / £1.99