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Bourjois, chanel, Foundation, Nars

A Change in Skintype, a Change in Foundation

After a brief fling with Boujois Healthy Mix (review on it’s way!) and a long love affair with Nars Sheer Glow, my skin is demanding a change.

The reason for this demand is that my skin type has completely changed over the past season – I’m putting it down to cold weather and hormones. I have always had combination skin. Normal on the cheeks/forehead and prone to oiliness on my nose and chin. Not any more.

At the moment my skin is

  • Dehydrated – despite tonnes of moisturising products and water
  • Very fine – as Irish skin tends to be. It needs more protection from the elements than thicker skin
  • Prone to congestion – blocked pores on my chin
  • Spotty – on  my chin only, thank you hormones. The spotty areas are very dry, no oil in sight which means no more spot/acne products for me

Nars Sheer Glow is an absolutely beautiful foundation but it just isn’t cutting it since my skin has dried out. I find myself with patches of dryness as the day continues. I will probably return to this old favourite next Summer when my skin is less parched.



Bourjois Healthy Mix is cheap, easy to apply and fresh but it doesn’t provide the coverage I need on the spotty areas at the moment. It also doesn’t last very long on the skin although it is a lovely foundation.


So this left me with the dilema of choosing a foundation, preferably one I had in my collection already. On a whim yesterday I grabbed my bottle of Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation and smeared it on with my fingers after my moisturiser.


Low and behold it looked divine and lasted amazingly well. All day in fact. I loved this when I first bought it but found it took rich for my skin in Spring and Summer. I could feel the foundation on my skin, which I hated. Now that I have dry skin, it overs moisturisation and a barrier from the elements. My skin felt completely protected from the cold.

I think I may re-love it!

A note on my moisturiser of choice lately – I am absolutely in love with Aqua Serum Hydrant and Créme Ylang by PHYT’s. It is designed for thin Celtic skin. They are also organic. I am addicted to their range at the moment… I feel a video coming on!

How is your skin this weather? What foundation and moisturiser have you been using to help?

Drugstore Make-up, Hauls

Make-up & Brushes Haul (BITE)

I promised I would blog about the make-up goodies I picked up at BITE (Beauty Industry trade event) last weekend.

My first stop was the Boujois discount stand. They had a great offer on…one I could not resist :) I choose 5 items for €10. They didn’t have the full range by any means and to be honest the baskets got a little repetitive.

The women huddling around the stand were viciously elbowing others out of the way. Sale behaviour never ceases to amaze me – maybe it’s just me, but there is never an appropriate time to be physically aggressive. Some of these ‘ladies’, and I use that term loosely, seemed to disagree and felt that discounted Bourjois items were worth fighting for. I think not.

Anyway, I politely choose these five items; Healthy Mix Concealer, Ultra Care Mascara, Healthy Mix Foundation, Eyeshadow in Vert Petalant and Cream Eyeshadow in Gold.

Next it was the Crown stand. They had a huge variety of brushes on sale. Having never tried any of their products but not needing more brushed I selected two that were different to any in my collection.

Crown Brushes: Tiny eyeshadow brush, bronzer brush

There were quite a few Salon type make-up suppliers there. Generally I find these make-up brands are disappointing. I was drawn to a sale stand by a brand called Karaja. I have never even heard of them but an eyeshadow and a gloss caught my eye.

Karaja Gloss, Eyeshadow

This is all I bought! Nothing else appealed to me. I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t even tempted by the Jessica nail stand. It was a good  Sunday morning but I don’t think I would be in a rush back. The best part of my day was actually the amazing Full Irish Breakie I had in a restaurant on the seafront after the event.



Monday’s most wanted…

I was in Blackrock a couple of weeks ago getting some bits and pieces (pretty bits and pieces) in The Organic Supermarket. I decided to pop in for some lunch afterwards. Whilst scoffing a rice crispie slice I noticed a huge Unicare pharmacy. Never being one to pass on an opportunity for a browse around a chemist I decided to have a waltz.

A few things caught my eye.

1.  Isa Dora Cream Gloss Stilo’s. There were 3 shades that I liked; Candyfloss, Bon Bon Pink and Peach Melba. They were super creamy and quite glossy for a lipstick. They were also richly pigmented. I tried them all on and loved all three equally. I decided that I had enough lipsticks in my collection and put them back on the shelf. That was 1 week and 1 day ago and I’m still thinking about them. When something is on your mind you must really want it… and so my search begins.

2. Gosh Light’n Shine Lip Glaze in 05: It may be electric purple in the tube but it’s damn pretty on your lips. It also doesn’t look purple, it’s more like a clear gloss with pink and purple reflects. It’s fun! It’s quite similar to a MAC Dazzleglass. These glosses come with a light up lid and mirror on the side, like the Me Me Me glosses. This actually doesn’t appeal to me at all. Mainly because I tend to apply gloss without looking in the mirror anyway. I tried it on over Isa Dora Candyfloss and the results were truly barbie.

3. Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder: Yes, it looks like chocolate and yes that’s why I want it. Only messin’! I have it on pretty good authority (Gemsmaquillage’s authority to be exact) that this is a fantastic bronzer. Now if I’m honest I don’t actually need a new bronzer, there are plenty in my collection to use up. The problem is that I just don’t want to. I have found true bronzer love in Benefit Hoola which I finished up last week. Since then I have been relying on a combination of Stila, Body Shop, Chanel and prestige bronzer. Not at the same time I can assure you but for different purposes; some have a sheen, some have shimmer, some are golden whilst some are bronze etc. Hoola is a good all rounder. I have heard that the Bourjois Delice does a similar job. I. Must. Have. It.

I’m just glad it wasn’t a high end department store I spied over my capuccino cup. Otherwise Monday’s most wanted would be costing me a fortune!

What make-up have you been eyeing up lately?

Drugstore Make-up, Make-up, Reviews, YouTube Videos

Video – Cheap Foundation Comparison

As you know, I am addicted to trying foundations. I am asked a lot about cheaper brands and affordable products so I am on a mission to find us the best one. I picked up Bourjois and 17 Even Better foundation in Boots a few weeks and decided to road test them for you and do a little comparison. Turns out one of them is great. Here’s the video:


What’s your favourite “drugstore” foundation?

Drugstore Make-up, Face of the day, Foundation, Make-up

No Fancy Make-Up for me Today!

This weekend I decided to set myself a drugstore make-up challenge. I only allowed myself wear products that I bought in Boots, Superdrug and CVS. I wanted to keep it quite natural. Here is the look I settled on:

and the look…

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  • No 17 Get Even Foundation in Natural
  • Beauty UK Palette No 2
  • Eco Tools Brushes
  • Rimmel Recovery Concealer
  • Maybelline Mousse Blush: Peach
  • Prestige Sun Minerals in St Tropez
  • Prestige Sun Minerals Highlight
  • Bourjois Blanc Diaphine
  • Natural Collection Lip Liner in Almond
  • Annabel Eye Liner
  • Revlon Sable Eye shadow
  • Wet n Wild Mega Shine
  • Essence Gloss
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I really enjoy using the Beauty UK Palette. I applied the orange shade to the lid and the aqua under my eye. I used Revlon Sable in the crease to blend out the orange and Bourjois No 40 on the inner corner of my eye. I think the No 17 foundation requires a post of it’s own.

My make-up lasted as long as it usually does with more expensive products. I’m converted. For today anyway!

Drugstore Make-up, Foundation, Make-up

Make-up on a budget


I am often asked about what make-up to buy if you’re on a tight budget. I get asked this question so often from Irish ladies that I decided to dedicate a blog post to it.

Let me start by saying that I don’t think there is any one great drugstore brand. I tend to pick and choose from each brand. After much testing (haha) I have decided that each brand has their strengths and weaknesses; for example Natural Collection make great lipsticks but poor eye-shadows.  Revlon is my overall favourite drugstore/pharmacy make-up brand. However, it is more expensive in Ireland (colourstay costs €17! Add a few euro to that and you could buy yourself a high end foundation)

  • Concealer: Essence Trio, Maybelline
  • Nail Polish: Essence, Rimmel
  • Powder: Rimmel Silky Loose Powder
  • Lipgloss: Essence, Bourjois 3D
  • Foundation: Revlon, Boots 17, Rimmel, Max Factor
  • Blush: Collection 2000
  • Mascara: Collection 2000 (purple tube) if you’re after Dior Show but can’t afford it. Maybelline Lash Stilleto is my favourite.
  • Lip Liner: Natural Collection
  • Eyebrow Pencil: Rimmel
  • Eye liner: Loreal
  • Highlight: Prestige Sun Baked Bronzer
  • Bronzer: Prestige Sun Baked Bronzer , Barry M, Rimmel, Natural Collection
  • Eye-shadows: Ok this is the one area I recommending spending a little more. I am happy to buy cheaper brands for most make-up items, but not eyeshadow. The reason for this is that they tend not to be very pigmented or long lasting. I do love Barry M Dazzledusts though.

What are your favourite drugstore items?