Aging, Foundation, Reviews

My thoughts on Avon Anew Age Transforming Compact Makeup SPF15

Foundation review time!

I have been trying out Avon Anew Age Transforming Compact Makeup SPF15, wow what a mouthful. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Avon products. This one was a gift from my aunt last year. It has stayed in the bottom of my makeup drawer but last week I decided it was time to give it some life.

This is a silicone based compact foundation. I generally don’t like compact foundations but I tried to be as unbiased as possible. One great things about this product is that it offers protection from UVA rays thanks to Titanium Dioxide. The downside to this ingredient is of course that it can look a little pasty when exposed to flash photography. Right away that makes this a no no for a bride.

It feels quite greasy when first applied but it’s smooth and easy to blend. It sets to a satin finish, no grease. It’s a little powdery to the touch but didn’t actually look powdery on the skin. It provided a light coverage which didn’t last very long on my normal to combination skin.I tried a little on an older client to see if the foundation seeped into wrinkles and pores. It didn’t thanks to the silicone.

This product also contains a retinol blend. I wouldn’t get too excited about this, the levels are more than likely ridiculously low (to avoid skin reactions in customers) and even at that the tiny dose of retinol could be affected by it’s exposure to light and oxygen.

This foundation would be a good option if you..

  • have dry or mature skin
  • like light coverage
  • need UVA protection in your foundation
  • like compact foundations

For me, I’m afraid it’s a thumbs down. In fact every Avon foundation I have tried, admittedly a few years ago, left me disappointed.

What are your thoughts on Avon foundations and their make-up in general?

Cleansers, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

My dirty little beauty secret: Make-up Wipes

I have one dirty beauty secret that I need to own up to… I have a fondness for make-up wipes. I know, I know, spawn of skin satan, atrociously lazy etc but I do use them. I have gone through so many brands of wipes at this stage and there is one that I keep coming back to. The good news is that they are so bloody cheap, the bad news is, well they’re face wipes.

The wipes in questions are Spar Cleansing Wipes for face neck and eyes. I bought them first in an emergency situation and ended up loving them. They cost €1.49 for a pack of 25. They don’t smell gross, in actual fact they are milder than most brands I have tried. I have normal to combination skin that is prone to sensitivity. These are the only wipes I have used that don’t cause a reaction, spots or inflammation. That’s quite shocking considering the fact that they are also the cheapest I have tried. They do a pretty good job of getting off my make-up. They aren’t great at removing eye make-up so I usually do that separately.

I try not to use these wipes every night but I do use them at least twice a week and I have no problems. They provide a little light exfoliation and for that price you can’t go wrong. Wipes are never amazing for you skin but these beauties do exactly what I need them to.

What are your thoughts on cleansing wipes?

General, M.A.C, Reviews, Swatches

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

Velvet Teddy was my first MAC lipstick. I bought it years ago in Dublin airport on my way to a wedding in the UK. I asked the sales assistant for a Bridget Bardot nude.

I was running to catch my flight and I didn’t have time to have a closer look at it. I just paid for it and ran. I was a little disappointed when I got on the plane and had look.I would describe this shade as my lip colour but worse. That is not good. It’s a matte shade which means it doesn’t last very long on my lips. It looks dry, flaky and pretty unattractive to be honest. I love nude lipstick but this shade always makes me look dead. Anyway the reason for this post is that I have found a way to use this lipstick, even if it is only a dot of it…

To achieve this effect I applied a clear gloss to the lips and then applied Velvet Teddy over the top. What do you think?

I wouldn’t recommend this lipstick, unless you really love matte shades, but I had to come up with a way to make it work. My work is done.

What are your thoughts on matte lipsticks? What is your favourite finish?

Health & Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing

Beauty from the Inside out: Breakfast for beauty

In the interest of promoting beauty from the inside diet cannot be ignored. I decided to start with Breakfast beacuse, well, I just love breakfast. I would happily eat breakfast foods at every meal time. I found this recipe last year in Carol Vorderman’s detox book. It’s great for those trying to loose some weight before Summer or for those of you after a morning detox. I love it  because it’s nutritionally balanced and provides lots of beauty benefits.

The ingredients in this breakfast really fill you up but they also promote healthy looking skin. Oats are rich in soluble fibre which improves digestion and encourages clear skin (it also lowers cholesterol). Oats contain magnesium and zinc, necessary for skin healing and immunity. They provide slow release energy leaving you fuller for longer. When I have porridge for breakfast I eat less rubbish during the day. The almonds and the seeds provide essential fatty acids. These balance hormones and will help alleviate any hormonal breakouts.

Banana porridge with honey:(makes 4 servings)

  • 175g Rolled Porridge Oats
  • 250ml of Soya, rice, sesame or almond milk – Cows milk is a no no for a detox breakfast
  • 250ml Water Continue Reading
Aging, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care

Make your own Fruit Enzyme Mask

It’s been a while since I posted a DIY skincare piece so I thought it was high time to share the recipe for a mask I have been making lately. This mask is full of AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) which naturally exfoliate the skin leaving you skin supple and smooth.

What you need:

2 sliced strawberries

30g chopped apple
1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
2 teaspoons of cosmetic clay (Health shop,some chemists, cheap online)

    It’s best to use organic fruit where possible to avoid covering your face in pesticide. Blend the honey, yoghurt and fruit until the mixture is smooth. Add in the clay until the mixture forms a paste. Cleanse your face and neck then apply the mask. For best results leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and your done! I usually follow with a home made toner and then my moisturiser.

    Health & Wellbeing

    Beauty from the inside: The effects of Vitamin C on the skin

    I love this series of Beauty from the inside posts. Today I’m looking at the effect Vitamin C has on the skin. Vitamin C is the building block of collagen, the protein that gives the skin elasticity, structure and tone. It also protects the skin from free-radical damage which can lead to disease and on a smaller scale, free radical damage to the skin.

    Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that our bodies don’t store it. We need to get enough vitamin C from our diet.  Vitamin C is necessary for the growth and repair of tissue. It is essential for healing wounds so if like me you are trying to get rid of that lingering pimple mark, get the juicer going.

    Vitamin C can be found in:

    • Kiwi (Highest), oranges, mango, papaya, lemons, limes, grapefruits, papaya…
    • Broccoli
    • Peppers
    • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc
    • Tomatoes

    I have on occasion resorted to ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) supplement. According to researchers many of us are mildly deficient in it since our bodies can’t sythesise or store it. When I feel a cold coming on I always get a breakout, this tells me that my immunity is low. My immunity, or often lack there of, has a very obvious effect on my skin, epic breakouts. As a result I try to boost my immunity as best I can; exercise, balanced diet, water, sleep and plenty of vitamin C from my diet.

    Lips, Make-Up 101 Series, Tutorials

    Tips for making your lip colour last

    I hate long lasting lipsticks. They’re too drying for me and I never like the finish. If you’re interested in some ways to keep your lip colour on without resorting to long lasting formulas (that often don’t last long at all) here are a few tips:

    • Use pencil on top of lipstick. The wax acts like a barrier. Just make sure you blend away the line. I never use a freshly sharpened pencil for this, a rounded one works best.
    • Blot a little powder on top to keep the lipstick in place for longer. Less is more in this instance. I like to use a little blush instead of powder for added colour depth. On occasion I have used an eyeshadow.
    • Press lip colour into the lips using your finger. This creates a stained satin effect.
    • Completely fill in the lips using a  lip pencil that is the same colour as your lips. This acts as a base and ensures lipstick stays put for longer. I use Continue Reading
    M.A.C, Reviews

    My Favourite Eye Liner

    I have quite a few eyeliners in my make-up collection. I have gel, liquid, cake and kohls. I go through phases of them and at the moment I’m using pencil liners to beat the band. One in particular has become a firm favourite, MAC Powerpoint in Engraved.

    Engraved is a jet black. Powerpoints are easy to sharpen and are the perfect texture;  not too soft and not too hard, like baby bear’s porridge, it’s just right. I have loved Urban Decay 24/7 liners in the past but I find it annoying that I need to sharpen after every single use. The best thing about Engraved is that it’s waterproof.

    Since it’s waterproof MAC cannot say it’s safe for the waterline but I used it on my waterline anyway. I have super sensitive eyes that water in response to many things, this liner is not one of those things. I have yet to find a liner that lasts all day on your waterline but this one has come close.

    Engraved has become an old reliable for me. I think I’ll have a look to see what other shades MAC sell.

    What’s your favourite eyeliner?

    Fashion & Accessories

    Outfit of the day… Sunny day in Dublin

    It’s a sunny day in Dublin (this almost never happens) so I settles on a skirt today…

    1. Accessorize 2. Zara 3.Zara 4. Penneys 5. Zara 6.Penneys

    I picked up this skirt in Zara the other day. It was about €25 as far as a I can remember. The belt comes with it. I find it very hard to find a skirt that’s the right length for me. I’m small so most knee length skirts come half way down my shin, not a good look. This skirt may be more of a mini on someone taller. Ah, to be taller…

    Both bracelets are from Penneys (Primark). I like Penneys for accessories, I have it on good authority that they have the same stockist as some big high street players.

    I love this flats, they go with everything. My only regret is not buying a second pair. I will wear these until they fall apart!

    What are you wearing today?

    General

    iia Net Visionary Award Win, thanks to you all!!!

    I need to say a  huge thank you to all of you that took the time to vote, leave me lovely comments and tweet me. Thanks to your support I won an iia Net Visionary Award last night for Makeup & Beauty.

    Left to right: Maeve Kneafsey, IIA Chair; me; Keith Mahon, Ireland.com – category sponsor; Ray Walsh, Enterprise Ireland – headline sponsor.

    It was a great night and a huge honour. I met tonnes of lovely people, photos to follow :)

    Congratulations to all the other finalists and winners!

    Le grá,

    Amy

     

    Perfume / Fragrance

    Body Mists: The new edge to White Musk

    I have a new fondness for body spritzers. I have built myself a little collection of body sprays, mainly from Victoria Secret.  I tend to spritz them on my clothes even if I’m wearing perfume. I know that doesn’t make sense but I love nice smells. On occasion I have even used a body lotion version of a perfume with an edt and a body spray, all clashing but yummy!

    I was sorting through my sprays this morning when I came across one that I love at the moment. We all have a nostalgic fragrance that trigger memories. As a child, like so many of you, I used to cover myself in The Body Shop white musk fragrance oil. I loved it. I was in there recently and picked up the tester to reminisce. Although I enjoyed a trip down memory lane it isn’t a fragrance I could wear now. Enter White Musk Breeze.

    I have the Cooling Body Mist of White Musk Breeze. It’s a much more modern take on white musk. The musk is very subtle, it’s a much fresher, sparkley version of the cult fragrance. The notes feature lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, plum, peach, leafy green, elemi, rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, aquatic notes, ylang ylang, tagette, carnation, white musk, cedar wood, patchouli and touch of vanilla.

    It scent doesn’t last  that long on my skin but I haven’t tried a body spray that does. The best part for me is the cooling effect on the skin. I look forward to using this on holiday this Summer. I think I might have a look at the edt next time I’m in there.

    Do you use body sprays?

    Fashion & Accessories, General

    New coat – Roadtested in Howth

    I have always had a variety of coats in my wardrobe but last year I had to do a major clear-out. Nothing in my press fit me anymore and as result every coat that was even a tiny bit too big went to the charity shop. Replacing my clothes was an expensive pleasure but basics took priority. When it reached Spring and my winter coat was too warm I realised that I had no Spring coat. As we in Ireland know, we often need a light coat in Summer. On Anna’s recommendation I wanted a navy mac. Every one I tried on was too wide on the shoulder or too long (the petite ranges out there are deplorable!). I finally found this one in Diesel.

    I spent the afternoon in Howth and a coat is nearly always required in Howth thanks to the wind. The mac cost €80 and I picked mine up in the Blanchardstown centre. Ignore the walking boots, I was trudging through sludge.