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Nail Polish/Care, Previews/Launches

L’Oréal Paris’ Regal Nail Collection

L’Oréal have launched a new winter range of nail polishes, Resist & Shine Regal Nail Collection.

I love jewel coloured polish. They looks opulent and rich. Sapphire, emerald and ruby are among my favourite jewel shades for nails.

This range has six winter shades from deep red to luxurious purples. There is a mix of shimmering and matte shades

Burgundy Black 502 An intense wine shade


Merlot Red 540 A glittering rouge

Navy Velvet 700 A royal dark blue hue


Matte Fuschia Red 501M A classic burgundy


Matte Scarlet Red 500M A classic burgundy


Burnt Aubergine 705 A deep purple – The image for this one hasn’t been released yet. I will update the post as soon as it’s available.


L’Oréal say one coat stays put for days. I will get back to you on this one.  They cost €9.29 / £5.99 a bottle so I sure hope so.

Navy Velvet appeals to me the most, closely followed by Burgundy Black. I’m generally quite scared of matte nail polishes. I’ll definitely pick up a few of these and post some swatches later this week.

Which colour appeals to you most? What are your thoughts on matte nail polish?

Drugstore Make-up, Lips, Previews/Launches

New L’Oréal Colour Riche Nude Collection

Those of you who know me at all will know that I have a fondness for nude lipsticks. Not the pasty nude the drains the life out of you but the natural ‘I wish my lips were this colour’ shade.

I have a ridiculously large mountain of nude lipsticks that I couldn’t possibly work through in a life time. Yet here I am getting excited about L’Oréal’s Colour Riche Nude Collection.

There are only four shades in the collection

  • 306 Bright Cocoa
  • 105 Sparkling Rose
  • 106 Freshly Rose
  • 204 Beamy Plum

I can feel Freshly Rose and Beamy Plum calling to me. The lipstick don’t look very nude in the tube but when swatched they look softer than they appear.

They claim to restore moisture – so many lipsticks claim to do this yet I have never found one that does. I do like the idea that they contain a serum and I am also attracted to the duo layer, even if it is a gimmick. I’m fickle when it comes to beauty products, what can I say!

They are available in shops this month so I am heading to Boots to check out how smooth they really are and if they’re worth €13.19. Watch this space. Swatches to follow once I get my hands on them :)

How do you feel about nude lip shades? Do you have a favourite?

Drugstore Make-up, Product Revivals, Reviews

L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara

I picked up Loreal Double Extend mascara at the height of my mascara addiction. I have quite a few on the go and this one got lost at the bottom of the drawer.


Left: With mascara Right: Without

I mentioned in a video that this product was a nightmare to remove. I received about a hundred comments from people telling me that it clearly states on the package that warm water is needed to get this stuff off. Who reads mascara packaging?

I have revived this mascara, my initial intention was to use it up before it expired. My experience:

The good:

  • I loved applying this mascara. I like the idea of the white conditioning later
  • It made a huge difference to the length of my lashes after only one coat
  • The black coat needs to applied immediately after the white or it goes clumpy
  • It lasted all day with no fading, smudging or flaking
  • It didn’t irritate my eyes
  • Widely available and reasonably priced

The bad:

Impossible to remove with eye make-up remover or wipes. It does state that warm water lifts the mascara right off. My dilemma is that there is rarely warm water in my tank by the time I’m removing my make-up. Last night I had to boil the kettle to take it off. That is a major downside to this mascara for me. The water ran down my arms as I wiggled the lashes (I hate that!). It also came off in tubes of product which frightened me as I thought I was pulling out lashes.

The bottom line:

I do love the effects but because of the removal process I won’t use this everyday. I think I’ll save it for special occasions. Loreal have a newer version of this mascara which comes in a blue tube, I think I’ll give that one a try.

What is your favourite mascara? Have you tried Loreal Double Extend?

Drugstore Make-up, Eyeliner, M.A.C, Urban Decay

Best Eye Liners

I’ve decided to do my own little awards ceremony on for a bit of fun. I’ll keep them coming…

Here are my favourite eye liners of 2009:

Loreal Contour Kajal: I pick up this liner at some stage every day. I use it on my water line and it stays put. Mine is black, it’s pigmented, easy to blend and doesn’t budge when it sets.




MAC Fluidline – This is probably my favourite liner of 2009. The main reason for this is that it’s the quickest and easiest to apply. I use a slanted liner brush to apply. It’s cost €7 more than the Avon equivalent but it’s 10 times better. I’ll be picking up this goodie in other colours.



L’Oreal Super Liner : This is a great liquid liner. The nib is easy to work with and it gives a high shine line to the eye. This one is great for winged liner.





Urban Decay 24/7 Liners – My favourite is Zero (black). These are the most pigmented and smoothest liners I have tried this year. I’m a massive fan! As liners go these are foolproof. The only downside is that they need to be sharpened with every use.



Disappointments of 2009: Eye Liners

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner – Loved it while it  was fresh but after a few months of everyday use it congealed. I only got a third of the way down the pot before it was unusable. So as I much as I loved it I won’t be re-buying.

Make up For Ever Retractable Liner – After a week the liner fell into the container.

Avon Liner Pot: I found these hard to work with and not as pigmented as Mac Fluidline. I used them twice and never touched them again.

What’s your favourite eyeliner or 2009?

Amy x

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?