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Drugstore Make-up, Lips, Make-up, Swatches

Top 10 Drugstore Nude Lipsticks!

I have been meaning to do a Drugstore Favourites Series for a while now. I thought I would  get the ball rolling with a video on my favourite nude lipsticks! Swatches below :)


Products Mentioned (swatches below)

NYX Circe
NYX Honey
Rimmel Spotlight Beige
Boots Natural Collection Appleblossom
e.l.f  Nicely Nude
Barry M 101 Marshamallow
Revlon Nude Attitude (matte)
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Bare Necessity
Revlon Smooth Nude
Victoria Secret Scrumptuous
Bourjois Rose Romanesque




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?

Drugstore Make-up, Foundation, Make-up

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – Good or Bad?

I’m still on my quest for the best drugstore foundation. I like Revlon Photoready and rely on Rimmel Lasting Finish on days where I need a little more coverage but I still want to explore. I picked up a bottle of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation after my Lasting Finish ran out. It was on special for €6 in Boots – how could I resist!

I am always attracted to products that claim to brighten and provide a glow but products that actually achieve this are few and far between. I expected this to be like Rimmels previous anti-fatigue offering, their Recovery Foundation. Wrong in some ways but right in others – the grit in Recovery is not in Wake Me Up, thank heavens! The shimmery face however, is the same.

Here’s a photo of me wearing the foundation to give you an idea of how it looks on the skin.

I should point out that I had a hefty amount of Make Up For Ever Full Cover on my chin in this picture and a little Photoready concealer under my eyes.

So what do I think?

The good:

  • I like how it looks in normal lighting and on camera – natural and fresh. It creates a soft-focus affect.
  • It’s one of those Smear-it-on-n-run foundations. No need to worry about brushes and bases and over blending.
  • It’s cheap.
  • The shade suits the undertones in my skin – ie. this shade is not pinky
  • Coverage is on the medium side of light to medium. You will need concealer for posts and discolouration – but that’s not a foundations job anyway.

The bad:

  • There’s no glow for me, soft with a touch of dewy and sparkle. The sparkle level is a little more than Photoready and looks fairly obvious is harsh lighting and sunlight. (I was a bit paranoid wearing it to be honest – it could have looked fine but I didn’t want to look like a disco ball).
  • Staying power is a HUGE downer for my skin (normal to combination). I had no foundation left on my chin after 2 hours, well if you don’t count the bits clinging to the side of my spot! After a full day of wearing I had hardly any product left on my face, with the exception of slightly flaky areas, which looked worse.
  • The shade range doesn’t cater for fair skin. If you’re NW/NC20 or lighter you will probably have difficulty finding a shade that suits.

Would I recommend?

For my skin type, no. If you don’t want a shimmery face, no. But this could work really well on dry skin, or even normal. If you have no issues with shimmer it’s worth a look. If you look on MakeUpAlley, some people love this so it could be a skin type issue with me. Personally, I won’t be repurchasing, although I will use up the rest of the bottle – I’ll just wear it on dull days :)

As I mentioned, I bought it in Boots for €6 – it’s well worth a try for that price. You might love it. Then if it doesn’t suit your skin type there’s no need for boo hoo’s. It’s usually €10.95 I think, hardly going to break the bank but we’re all looking after out cents these days.

Have you tried this? What do you think?


Drugstore Make-up, Favourites, Make-up, YouTube Videos

October Favourites Video

October favourites time! There are quite a few this month. I also came across quite a few products that I didn’t rate at all, maybe I should make a disappointments video too. I find those useful, let me know if you do. For now, here are my current favourite make-up and beauty products…

Links mentioned in video:

Benefit Cha Cha Tint Review & Application
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation & Application
Sugarpill Palette swatches and review
My nails today

Products I mentioned:

Mi-Oils Raw Argan Oil €8.50
Origins MegaMushroom Relief Serum
Argan457 Long Lasting Eye Contour €76
Lush Dirty shower gel £4.95
Neal Wolfe Glow Supershine Spray €14.40
Redken Outshine Anti-Frizz Serum €15.69 buy online – (I get mine from Beauty Matters Clontarf)
Leighton Denny Babydoll €12.20
No7 Nail polish in Cheeky Chops €9
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzer Powder 51 £6.99
Rimmel Soft Coral Lipstick £6.29
Gosh Light n’ Shine Lipgloss €9
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation €7-€9
Sigma Tapered Kabuki F86
Mary Kay Cheek Glaze Tangerine $16
Benefit Cha Cha Tint £24.50
Collection 2000 Concealer €6
Elf Shimmer Liner Bronze £1.50
NYX Pink Dolly Lip Liner $2.49
Estee Lauder Electric Ginger £16.50
MUFE Smokey Lash Mascara $22
Sugarpill Palette
Sigma P82 $14(for my primer)
Sigma P80 $14(for my concealer)
(or mini kabuki kit $49-

What I’m wearing:

Face – Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation, Bourjois bronzer, MAC Dame blush, MAC All that Glitters & Satin Taupe Eyeshadows, MAC Fluidline, Collection 2000 Collagen Curl Mascara, MAC Angel lipstick, Collection 2000 concealer wand.


All of the opinions expressed in this video are entirely my own. I have not been sponsored by any of the brands mentioned in this video. (less info)

Thanks for watching!

What products are you loving right now?

Drugstore Make-up, Make-up

What do you spend No7 vouchers on?

I’m always grateful when the sales assistant hands me a €7.50 off voucher at the till in Boots. However, the voucher is for No.7 products. I’m really not a fan (although their lipstick in Starshell is one of my favourites).

When I was in college I seemed to be in Boots a few times a week (god knows why) and one term I had an endless supply of No7 vouchers. I actually used to struggle to find products to buy. I hated the eyeshadows, eye liners, lipliners and glosses so  I often bought skincare items. A few years on and really nothing has changed. The same weak products in the range are still weak.

Anyway, I found myself with three vouchers this week and not a clue what to spend them on. As I mentioned, I’m not a fan of the brand in general. I find it very over-priced and many of the products remind me of their 17 range but with fancier packaging. I find the pigmentation of the eyeshadows and glosses disappointing and the formulations of the eye liners and brow pencils just don’t cut it for me.

That being said, I was determined to find a product to spend the voucher on :)

I swatched and tested a few bits n’ pieces and settled on two items…

No7 Quick Cover Concealer and No7 Nail Polish in Pink Grapefruit. (Reviews and swatches to follow)

I just couldn’t find anything to spend the third voucher on. I was tempted by an oil shower wash but left flustered. I would love to hear what you have picked up with your vouchers in the past or recently. Any recommendations?

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, Lips, Make-up, Swatches

Lipstick Love – Isa Dora Pink Parfait Review & Swatches

If you watched my recent product rave video you will have heard me rant a little about an Isa Dora Jelly Kiss lipstick I have recently fallen for.

It’s a beautiful pink (what a shocker) in 53 Pink Parfait. You can find swatches below and photos of what it looks like on me for reference.

And here are some swatches. It looks a little matter here than it is in real life.


And a little close-up…

I would say that the colour above is quite true to life. It looks like a vibrant pink with a hint of coral.

Here’s how it looks on my lips….

As you can see, it swatches lighter on the lips that in the tube. I’m quite happy about that – I doubt I could pull off a very loud pink.

For me, this is a perfect shade of pink for Spring and Summer. I mentioned in the my video that it reminds me of MAC’s Colour Crafted lipstick, which I love but it was part of a limited edition collection. I actually have a back-up to mine in my drawer but with the lipstick I don’t think I’ll be reaching for it any time soon.

Finish wise, it’s glossy and moisturising. It has a little but of a jelly look on the lips. It doesn’t dry out my lips, it leaves them looking fresh and youthful.

Jelly Kiss’ lipsticks are presented in a sleek silver metal case which is magnetised, which is really handy.  It is also fragrance free for those of you who have an aversion to lipstick smells.

I would be keen to try some other shades so if you have any let me know what you think. They cost €12.95, cheaper than MAC and just as lovely.

As I mentioned in my video I buy Isa Dora from my local Unicare pharmacy (which they have all over Ireland). I did a little research and those of you in the US can order from their site.

What lipstick are you loving at the moment?

Drugstore Make-up, Lips, Make-up, Swatches

NYX Lip Pencils – Swatches and Review

I mentioned in my latest haul video that I picked up three NYX lip pencils whilst in the US. I had actually intended to buy more but the local Ulta didn’t stock the entire line, boo hoo. I had 8 shades to choose from, none of which were neutrals. I eventually settled on these three.

Dolly Pink, Rose, Flower

These were extremely cheap (around $3 I think). They are very pigmented and have a nice texture – not too dry or chalky but not too creamy that they might smudge. They won’t last all day on your lips but honestly neither do any of the other liners I own so this doesn’t put me off.

Dolly Pink, Rose, Flower

Here are some swatches to you can have a look at the finish and the shade. Bare in mind that these products are applied designed to be applied to lips (with more pigmentation) rather than hands :)


Top to bottom – Dolly Pink, Rose, Flower

The palest pink shade really isn’t for me, it reminds me of Pat Butcher when applied to the lips. That being said it would be a good base for a medium tones pink lipstick that you wanted to tone down. Rose is easy to wear and works with pink and plum lipstick shades. Fuschia is the prettiest of the three in my opinion.

I’m happy with my purchase and I’m definitely going to try some of the nudes, neutrals and plum tones next.

Any recommendations?

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?