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Nail Polish/Care, Previews/Launches

Sally Hansen New Complete Salon Manicure Polishes

Sally Hansen nail polishes landed on my desk last week. I have spent the last 8 days thoroughly enjoying them :)

The polishes are from Sally Hansen’s new range, Complete Salon Manicure. They are designed to be an all-in-one product combining a base, a top coat, strengthening and growth treatment and nail colour in one. Essentially they are supposed to give a salon manicure result from one bottle.


Left to Right:

Pat on the Black 660
All Fired Up 550
Gray by Gray 350
Raisin the bar 320
Shrimply Divine 520
Pink Slip 170

I can’t decide which one I like the most. When I first saw them I was immediately drawn to Gray by Gray (shocker). But I’m now in love with Shrimply Divine and Raisin the Bar. There are 36 shades in the range.

They’re easy to apply and dry quite quickly. The finish is smooth and shiny. Coverage wise – two coats is plenty, one coat was too sheer, three coats wouldn’t be necessary.

I love the packaging. The rubber bung around the lid actually adds to the look of the bottle. They cost €8.95 a bottle which is significantly less than OPI in Ireland and they’re just as good. I also love the names of the shades.

They claim to last 10 days on the nails but I experienced some wear and tear on the fourth day. No chipping or peeling, just some gentle wear signs. I should point out that my hands are frequently in water and I never wear rubber gloved whilst cleaning (tut tut) so this may have affected its longevity.

Swatches to follow over the next few days.

What shade appeals to you most?

Make-up, Previews/Launches

YSL Summer Collection – Something a little different

The Yves Saint Laurent Summer Collection 2011 is a little different. It will be available from YSL counters  nationwide from June 1st. As someone who generally shy’s away from brights, I would love to know your thoughts on this collection.

The collection consists of

  • TERRE DE SOLEIL Sand N° 6 – € 43.00
  • Crème Blush No. 4 – € 42.00
  • Ombres Duolumieres No. 35, No. 37 – € 40.00
  • LA LAQUE 137 OS, 138 OS – € 24.00
  • GLOSS PUR No. 11 in Icy Effect – € 28.00
  • Candy Volupté N°1 Lush  Coconut, N°2 Dewy Papaya,  N°3 Juicy Grapefruit, N°4.Succulent Pomegranate, N°5. Mouthwatering Berry,  N°6 .Luscious Cherry – € 30.00


What do you think?

Nail Polish/Care, OPI, Previews/Launches

OPI Texas Collection Spring 2011 – What do you think?

OPI collections always evoke a bit of a dual response in me. On one hand, I can feel my blood pressure spike when there is talk of new shades (sad, but true) and on the other hand I dread it – the ‘need’ to add them to my collection.

I can practically hear my bank balance screaming.

I was recently sent the release and had a good aul drool. A new finish? Semi-transparent sorbet shades? Oh dear!

As it stands I am lusting over Austin-tatious Turquoise, Too Hot Pink To Hold ‘Em, Guy Meets Gal-veston, San Tan-tonio and I Vant to Be A-Lone Star. This is terrible news.

I love the look of Houston We Have a Purple but in fairness I own about 10 similar nail polishes. Equally, Don’t Mess With OPI looks beautiful but in swatches in appears similar to Jade is the New Black I was very good when the last collection was released and only whipped up two. This time, I can feel my self control slipping away…

I’ll be making my purchases and I shall return with swatches and my thoughts.

What shades appeal to you?

Previews/Launches, Skin Care, Tanning Products

St Tropez Instant Glow Body Lotion – A Review & Pics

It’s that time of year again – I embraced my fair skin all Winter but now that it’s Spring I’m starting to think about a little bit of colour. I can’t stress the ‘little bit’ enough.

I have been trying out St Tropez’s new Dark Instant Glow Body Lotion for the past couple of weeks.

The blurb: A deep tan minus the commitment, the new Dark Instant Glow Body Lotion is designed to deliver an instant glow and flawless finish.

Before I share my thoughts, I will give you a look at what it looks like on my skin.


After one application (tan applied to top arm)…


And after two applications….

Before I apply this product I prepare my skin as if I was using a tan that develops. I exfoliate my skin, focusing on my elbows and knees. Moisturising is essential for me before I apply tan (particularly instant products) as I have dry skin. Chunks of tan stuck to dry skin is not as good look. I wait until my moisturiser has been absorbed, then I apply the product.

I always apply tan to my body using a mit. I buy mine from my local pharmacy. I think this gives the best finish and you don’t have to worry about staining hands.

Other methods of application I’ve tried:

Rubber gloves – the smell of latex makes me gag. The worst thing about it is that you can smell it off your skin all night. You can buy latex free gloves but I find that it’s harder to work into my skin that the mit and even the small size gloves move around on my hands.

Bare hands – I hate when tan sticks to the palms of your hands. I usually wash my hands with soap and warm water for 2 minutes but I sometimes have to resort to scrubbing –  not convenient if you’re in a rush.

St Tropez Back Applicator -I just couldn’t manage it.

Sponge – I use a sponge to apply tan to my fingers. I have also used the St Tropez Sponge face applicator in the past, I wasn’t a huge fan. This was mainly down to its shape – long and flat, very hard to use on your face.

I’ll be sticking to my mit :)

My thoughts:

I like that you can achieve a rich dark glow which can be removed with soap and water at the end of the night. It didn’t move in light rain, it didn’t even budge after an few hours of dancing. The colour stayed put until I showered the following morning.

The best part for me is the colour – deep and olive toned. There is not a hint of orange in sight. Another thing I love is that there is no ‘developing tan’ smell. You know that smell, the one so many describe as digestive biscuity :)

It’s easy to apply blends well and dries rapidly. I’m glad to say goodbye to the days I used to walk around my bedroom like a robot trying to dry tan.

You can also highlight and contour the areas you want to help sculpt your body (that would take way too much time for the likes of me). I once read that you should use a slightly darker shade of tan on your legs.

It goes without saying that if you don’t exfoliate or moisturise than you can’t really expect this product to look good. Every tan requires a bit of maintenance. In this case, it’s well worth it.

Would I repurchase?


As far as where to buy – St Tropez is widely available around the world. In Ireland you can find it in Brown Thomas and pharmacies for €17.40.

What tan are you using right now? Do you use instant tan?



Nude Lipstick Alert! NEW Lancôme L’Absolu Nu Lipsticks

Lancôme have launched a new range of lipsticks – L’Absolu Nu. There are a range of nudes to suit every lip colour whilst providing lip care. I’m excited.

Ready, set, drool…


“L’Absolu Nu is divided into 3 colour families that correspond to this pigmentation diversity. Every woman will therefore be able to find her perfect lipstick amongst L’Absolu Nu’s colours, choosing according to the natural shade of her lips”.




The lipsticks are available exclusively from Brown Thomas Lancôme Counters Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick until April 3rd 2011 and from Lancôme counters nationwide from 4th April, with a recommended Retail Price: €25.50.

I can’t wait to have a closer look at these.

What do you think?


New YSL Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eye Shadows

Like me, I know lots of you like to know when new products are being released. In the interest of keeping you informed – YSL have released their Pure Chromatics Wet & Dry Eye shadows.


“Pearl white transforms anthracite into metallic violet. Iridescent brown melts with pink to create nude beige. Bronze becomes a moiré taffeta under the influence of garnet”.


Pure Metal Palettes (€53)

There are six palettes available. Use dry for a satin finish which melts into the skin, creating a soft and silky halo around the eyes. Color stays perfectly uniform, revealing all its radiant intensity. Or apply wet for more intensity. Blending with the nacres and pigments, water increases their chromatic power. It transforms the satiny powder into an unctuous cream with an intense metallic finish.



Crayon Yeux Waterproof (€25)

Available in six shades; 01 Black Ink,  Patent Leather, 03 Ultra Marine, 05 Shimmering Burgundy, 06 Amazon Green, 07 Absinthe Green.

Here is a backstage shot of one of the looks created…



There is also four Nuit Blanche mascara’s  with the collection – 01 Vibrant Black, 02 Vibrant Brown, 03 Vibrant plum, 04 Vibrant Violet and 05 Vibrant Blue. They are priced at €31.

What are your thoughts on the collection? What do you think of wet & dry eye shadows in general?

M.A.C, Previews/Launches

Bye, bye MAC Blush Creme – Hello Cremeblend!

I am obsessed with cream blushes at the moment – I sense a video coming :) I know lots of you are cream fans too.

Those of you who had horrible allergic reactions to MAC’s Blush Creme’s  can rejoice! MAC have replaced them with Cremeblends. They are an entirely new formulation so maybe those of you who hated them before might enjoy them now.


They are available in 6 shades, all of which have been added to the permanent collection.

  • Posey  (original blush creme) Warm peach
  • Brit Wit (original blush creme) Dusty, rose mauve
  • So sweet, So easy – (new colour) Bright yellowy pink
  • Something Special – (new colour) Light peachy coral
  • Tea Petal – (new colour) Mid reddish brown
  • Ladyblush – original blush creme – warm neutral coral

The difference

The texture is a little different. Creme blends are a little tackier than the old blush cremes but the colour is practically the same on.


I use the stippling technique to apply cream blushes, be it with a brush, sponge or my fingers. You could use the MAC 188, which is  smaller than the 187, it’s duo fibre stippling brush and it’s made for application of products like this. You can also use your fingers of stipple, to be honest that’s how I usually apply them to my own skin.

I’m thinking of picking up Posey, So Sweet, So Easy and maybe Something Special. Oh and possibly Ladyblush. Well, I do really love cream blushes :)

Uh oh!

They are available in the US already but we have to wait another few weeks here in Ireland.

Which shade appeals to you? Do you like cream blushes?

M.A.C, Make-up, Previews/Launches

MAC Wonder Woman Collection – Are you biting?

A few of you have asked me what I will be buying from MAC’s Wonder Woman Collection when it launches in Dublin on Thursday. It got me thinking…

First, let me say that I’m not a Wonder Woman fan. In fact, I’ve never seen the show, although I’m familiar with the outfit :) I pretty much hate the packaging, it reminds me of those rolls of chewing gum my parents used to bring back from Spain in the 80’s. It won’t look pretty in my handbag so the products need to be amazing for me to splurge.

I have read countless reviews and have formed an impression on the collection before I have even seen it, which isn’t good. I hear the quads aren’t great quality, the penultimate eyeliner is awkward and Golden Lariat MSF is hard to wear.

The blush duos seem to be the highlight of the collection. Amazon Princess and Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo really appeal to me but it remains to be seen whether the packaging puts me off.

I will pay my MAC counter a visit but I suspect the packaging will put me off.

What do you think of the collection? Have you any purchases planned?


Previews/Launches, Skin Care

I have my eye on some Lush St Patricks Day set

Can I buy myself a little pressie for St Patrick’s Day? I have my eye on Lush’s Little Green Bag, uh oh! I wonder what my obsession with gift sets is.

The set contains

  • Jungle Conditioner (55g)
  • Squeeky Green Shampoo Bar (55g)
  • Sugar Scrub (50g)
  • Sea Vegetable Soap (100g)
  • Each Peach Massage Bar (20g)
  • Shampoo Bar Tin

The only product I have tried out of the set is Sea Vegetable Soap, which happens to be my favourite Lush soap fragrance.

The set costs €19.95 which I think is a really great deal. I think I deserve one :) I shall be picking one up as soon as they’re available (March 2011) I will post some pics as soon as I pick it up and do a little review.

Do you buy yourself little pressies? Have you tried any of the products in the set?

China Glaze, Nail Polish/Care, Previews/Launches

China Glaze Anchors Away Collection – Your thoughts?

China Glaze have launched the Anchors Away Collection for Spring. There are 12 new shades. The créme shades appeal to me most, what stands out to you?

Top Row

  • White Cap: Whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white
  • Pelican Gray: High shine, cool toned grey créme
  • Sea Spray: Calming pale blue créme
  • Below Deck: A flirty mix of taupe and violet
  • Sunset Sail: Delightful peachy pink high shine créme
  • Life Preserver: Highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème

Bottom Row

  • Hey Sailor: Vibrant crème red
  • Ahoy!: Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck
  • First Mate: Sophisticated and rich navy crème
  • Starboard: Hip and playful green crème
  • Lighthouse: Multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck
  • Knotty: Micro-particle beige shimmer

The shades that stand out to me most are Sea Spray and First Mate. Think I’ll pass on the shimmers but I love créme finishes. I’m going to scower some websites and order Sea Spray first, I have to have it.

What do you think?

Make-up, Previews/Launches

The Arrival of some Estée Lauder Goodies!

The postman popped a lovely package from Estée Lauder through my letter box this morning. I’m very excited about trying everything and will post some swatches and reviews early next week. In the meantime, here’s a little look at what arrived. All products are from the Spring 2011 Collection which goes on sale in March.

Pure Colour Nail Polishes

Left to Right – Mega Fuschia and Oyster Cult

Pure Colour Lipsticks

Left to right – Crystal Rose (cream) and Vanilla Truffle (cream)

As I said, swatches and review to follow. What do you think?

Make-up, Previews/Launches

A look at Yves Saint Laurent Spring Collection 2011

If you fancy drooling over make-up this evening here’s a better look at the Yves Saint Laurent Spring Collection 2011.

PALETTE PINK CELEBRATION  – Highlighter Palette Harmony €53


MANUCURE COUTURE No. 5 Favorite Chic €35


Mascara Singulier (No. 6 Deep Plum) €31



ROUGE PUR COUTURE – Pink Collection €31

I find myself drawn to the lipsticks… dare I indulge?! I’m also intrigued by the plum mascara and the blue nail polish.

What stands out most to you?