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Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Pregnancy & Baby, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Put to the Test – Olay 7 Effects Wake Up Wonder

I was perusing the Olay section in my local Boots  a while back and I was approached by a lovely sales lady who tried to coerce me into buying the new Olay 7 Effects Sensitive SPF15. I politely listened to the sales pitch and allowed her to demonstrate the smoothness of said magical product on the back of my hand. I then pointed to the oily mess that has become my chin and asked how well it would work for me. I was swiftly ushered to a counter that housed Olay 7 Effects Wake Up Wonder. Apparently this is the product for those of us with combination skin. It was reduced to €10 (from €16 I think) so I tossed a box in my already bulging shopping basket while my Mum bought herself the sensitive product.

According to the box Wake Up Wonder works in the following ways:

  1. Line minimisation: Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Hydration: For a health radiant glow.
  3. Firming: Hydrates for firmer skin appearance.
  4. Dullness: Improves skin surface dullness.
  5. Exfoliation: Smoothes and evens skin texture.
  6. Pore appearance: Helps minimise the appearance of pores.
  7. Antioxidant: Helps to prevent free radical damage to skin’s surface layers.

Does it work?

That’s a bit of a tall order but for the most part, it works. It most definitely makes fine lines look less, even if it is just an illusion. I wonder if it would do anything for wrinkles though, since they’re deeper than lines and harder to disguise – I’m not in a position to test that one out yet :) Hydration wise, my skin stayed moisturised all day without any richness or heaviness. My dry bits didn’t look chapped as the day went on and my oily bits weren’t out of control. My skin did also feel a little firmer, but nothing to write home about – bear in mind that I’m still in my 20’s. I would say I saw the most improvement in dullness. Pregnancy hormones have left me with a beautiful ashen complexion and Wake Up Wonder seriously helps in this department. It gives the skin a soft focus glow that counteracts knackered grey looking skin (video coming on this soon). My skin also felt really smooth after 2 weeks of use and the  soft-focus glow I mentioned does seem to make pores less noticeable – again, an illusion, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s altering your skin somehow. I should also point out that this hasn’t caused a breakout either. ( I have been using my usual spot fighting arsenal too).

Would I buy again?

Yes. It’s by no means a life changer but it works for my skin type and it’s affordable. ‘Nuff said :)

A note on Olay 7 Effects Sensitive SPF15 – My mum loves it. She finds it moisturising and calming on her skin. She’s quite dry so uses this in the morning and a rich cream at night. She said she would definitely re-purchase.

Have you tried any of these?

Lips, Make-up, Swatches

Loving NYX Lipglosses

You all know how much of a lip gloss junkie I am. But I am by no means a lipgloss snob, I have a mix of high end and budget friendly tubes in my collection – I enjoy them all.

I’ve been enjoying NYX lip glosses for the past few weeks. They’re cheap and pretty.

Whipped, Kiss, Pink, Baby Pink



And some swatches…


Whipped, Kiss, Pink, Baby Pink

All in all, I like the NYX lip glosses that I have tried. Bear in mind that they’re sheer rather than creamy consistency, although not as sheer as I expected. They aren’t sticky either, of course that means they don’t last very long on the lips. No matter how much I spend on a lip gloss I tend to reapply it regularly anyway.

I have been wearing Pink over MAC’s Creme de Nude lipstick all week. It’s quite a bright gloss, much  more pigmented than you would expect. I also like wearing Baby Pink over lipsticks. It’s very pretty over Creme Cup and Angel.

I got my glosses from Beauty Fragrances, it’s a British site but they ship to Ireland.

What are your thoughts on NYX’s lipglosses? Have you a favourite?

Drugstore Make-up, Hauls, Lips, Make-up

NYX Lipstick Haulage

NYX Lipsticks. I only have Paris and Flower, both of which I love just as much as any of my MAC pinks. I wanted to try a few more. These lippies are all from

Pumpkin Pie, Circe, Summer Love, Baby Pink, , Harmonica


Pumpkin Pie, Circe, Summer Love, Baby Pink, , Harmonica

Swatches and reviews to follow, as always :) So far, I’m loving the three neutral shades. I’m still on the fence about the pinks but I will keep you updated.

Do you have any more NYX lipstick recommendations for me?

Drugstore Make-up, Make-up

NYC Show Time Volumising Mascara – Review

I have been using NYC Show Time Volumising Mascara as part of an affordable mascara comparison project (more on that later). I have been quite impressed with this one so far.


This is a great every day mascara. It coats my lashes evenly, doesn’t make my lashes look like plastic (pet peeve) or spindly. I would say that the finished effect is natural and pretty. It lasted well on my lashes too, I didn’t need to reapply.

I quite like the shape of the brush too. It grabs the lashes easily.

The use of the words ‘Showtime’ and ‘Volumising’ might be a little deceptive however. Both of these words make me think of Dior Show mascara – this mascara is not similar in any way. It does volumise my lashes though, just not to the level that Dior Show does. This isn’t a bad thing for me since I usually only wear Dior Show at night for real drama.

I find it very difficult to find mascara’s that look good on my bottom lashes. This does the job well.

I have very sensitive eyes that just love to react to mascara and stream water all day long. I am happy to report that this did not happen with this mascara. I had zero eye irritation.

This mascara is a steal at €3.49. I shall be buying more!

What do you think of NYC products?

Drugstore Make-up, Make-up

Addicted to Wet n’ Wild Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil

I picked up quite a few bargains during my stay in the US at Christmas (haul video part one will be up this evening on my YouTube channel). Quite a few of your recommended that I pick up an Idol Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil from Wet n Wild. You were right, I completely needed this one :)

I chose number 134, Distress. It’s in inaccurate to use the word ‘chose’ since I didn’t have a whole lot to choose from. There were only two shades available in the Walgreens closest to my hotel. However, I was delighted to see that they were reduced to $2, woo hoo!

It’s a gorgeous dark blue shade which might bot be everyone’s cup of tea but at the moment, it’s mine. It has a gorgeous rich finish

Here come the swatches…


I have been wearing it as either an eyeshadow base or along my lash line, winged out a little with a bone coloured shadow on my lid (Face of the Day Post coming this afternoon at about 4pm).

This pencil is creamy, easy to apply and blend.The only downside for me is that it doesn’t set very well and is likely to smudge if you wear it on a bare lid.I have been using Paintery Paintpot as a base to help it stick. Last week I patted some Deep Truth over the top and it looked absolutely gorgeous.

I wish that Walgreens had have had more options, it would have been nice to try some more.

Have you tried these? What shades do you recommend?

Drugstore Make-up, General, Lips, M.A.C, Make-up

Bargain Find #1 – the €1 Dazzleglass

I have come across two great finds this week. Thought I’d share!

Find #1

I picked up a very cheap gloss today that reminded me of a MAC Dazzleglass. This rather surprising find came from Penneys / Primark.


It’s called Gilt and it’s a shimmery, sheer gloss with gold iridescent particles. Sounds gaudy right! When I swatched the gloss on my hand it looked very pretty. I have layered it on quite thick for the swatch. It’s not something I would wear all over my lips but rather useful for a dab of poutiness in the centre of my lips.



It  also reminded me of MAC’s Dazzleglass in Goldie Rocks. Then I saw the €1 price tag. Yes please, I’ll have two thank you very much. I think they are usually €3 but are reduced at the moment, they may be Christmas stock so get in there quick if you’re interested. I should point out that this is by no means a dupe for goldie rocks but it does have a very similar effect on the lips – that works for me!

I have tried glosses from Penneys before and have completely unimpressed, this one is a different formulation and finish to the ones I have tried before.

It smells and tastes like a stick of rock (the edible kind!). It also tingles like a lip plumper but doesn’t sting.

If you like shimmer free glosses then you should definitely pass on this one. But if like me you are a fan of MAC’s Dazzleglasses or you would like to try one but can’t part with the cash, then this gloss may be for you!

I love a good make-up bargain. It reminded me of my over-reliance on Claire’s Accessory shimmer glosses in 2009; no matte how many fancy ones I bought I kept reaching with the peach and pink cheapies. They just did the job.

I’ll be back in a little while with my second find!

Have you come across any good finds in the sales?

Drugstore Make-up, Make-up

Review: e.l.f’s Makeup Mist & Set Spray

Quite a few of you have asked I was getting on the e.l.f Makeup Mist & Set. I decided to put together a little review post!

First to the product claims (from e.l.f website)

Keep your makeup in place all day with a radiance boosting invisible hold.The invigorating mist moisturizes and soothes the skin with key ingredients Aloe, Green Tea, Cucumber and Vitamins A, C & E. The lightweight, comfortable and alcohol free formula improves makeup wearability and prevents color from running or fading. Spray on after makeup application to set makeup in place or during the day for a quick touchup to refresh.”

The first question many of you might ask is is it a dupe for MAC Fix+. It is a similar type of product with the same objectives but it doesn’t perform to quite the same standard.

Another thing to note is that it is mildly scented. It’s fresh and cucumbery, which isn’t for everyone.

You get 60ml in the bottle which isn’t a huge amount of product but then again it’s extremely affordable (€5 / £3.50 / $3)


After you apply your make-up apply one spray to set your make-up. Spray the mist from 12-16 inches from your face. I find  one mist covers my make-up. Let it dry naturally, it dries very quickly anyway. If you need it to dry instantly you could blot your face a little. You can also use it during the day to touch up or on bare skin as a bit of a re-freshener.
I sprayed one application over my make-up yesterday morning and then went about my day. By lunchtime I headed to the bathroom to check the results. My powder was still fresh but starting to oil up around my nose, as it always does. My eyeshadow was still intact and still as vibrant as earlier that morning  (I also used a primer as always). All in all, it’s a good product. It didn’t perform any miracles so don’t expect it to stop your oily skin getting oily or your dry skin getting dry but it did keep by make-up fresher.


Ingredients: (Aloe and Cucumber sound lovely but I’m not so sure about the last few!)

Water (Aqua), AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Green Tea (Camelia Sinensis) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vc), Tocophryl Acetate (Ve) Retinyl Acytate (Va), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

Good buy?
This would be a good buy for someone who is looking to try a spray for refreshing the skin and setting make-up for the first time. It would also be good for students who are trying to build a little make-up collection but don’t want to spend a lot of money.

Do you use sprays to set your make-up?
Drugstore Make-up, Make-up, Mascara, YouTube Videos

Video – Best and Worst Drugstore Mascaras

many of us spend a fortune on mascara’s. There are some that only suite certain occasions, times when you need a waterproof formulation but don’t have one, on top of this they need to be disposed of quite frequently. For this reason I don’t spend my money on high end mascara’s. I used to, in fact I worked my way through quite a hefty selection – YSL, Dior, Chanel, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Clinique…the list goes on.

No more.

In my experience ‘drugstore’ (for want of a better word) mascara’s perform just as well as their high end counterparts. It’s a little hit and miss though so here is a little video on the best and worst of my drugstore mascara collection.

Thanks for watching :)

What drugstore mascara’s do you rate?