Monday, 26 August 2013

10 Day You Challenge ¦ Day 6 - Five Foods








No. 1 Lamb - I can not even stomach the smell of this meat, I live beside the Curragh and this probably has a lot to do with it, I just cant imagine eating those cute little fluffy things!




No. 2 Pancakes - prob one of my fave foods, its easy, fast and delish!! 

No. 3  Fajitas - my fave dinner to make to share, its so easy, delish, and makes great sharing food!

No. 4 Stew - Mammys stew is the business on those shitty cold winter evenings. If you have never had an Irish stew you are missing out. 




No.5 Sweets - any shitty cheap bad for your teeth sweets I will eat them all, refresher bars, frosties, black jacks, fruit salads, sticks of rock, cola cubes, skittles, and if anyone in the USA wants to send over some twizzlers and milk duds they would be mucho appreciated. 








Friday, 23 August 2013

Everyday Lips: Reds and Corals


I'm a statement lip kinda gal, and when I'm not in work I find myself reaching for corals and reds as a day to day look. Here is a quick goo at the few I have been using constantly.





1. Catrice - This dark red is matte as matte can be, its fantastic. It lasts for ages, doesn't tend to smudge a lot, and doesn't dry out my lips. The silver holder also looks expensive and is really solid. This retails at about €4 in local chemist, and Pennys.

2. Max Factor Color Elixir -  If you are looking for a bright red long lasting lip this is what you need in your life. It does not come off, like I would often have traces the day after so there's durability for you right there!This retails @ €10.49 in Boots.

3. Lancome L'absolu Rouge - in the above pic this looks slightly pink but it is a gorgeous shade of red when built up on the lips. I am a huge fan of Lancome products and this is another great  product. It is soooo smooth and looks flipping fantastic on. Again it will last ages, doesnt need to be reapplied a lot. the packaging has magnets that draw the lid to the base which is great if you have a few drinkies. This retails @ €26.00 in Debenhams.
*gratefully received at blogger event

4. Rimmel by Kate - no. 12 is one of my fave all time lippies. I wore this color to death last summer and am still in love with it. It is a gorgeous coraly color, smooth, and fantastic staying power. Simply AH-MAZING. 

5. Rimmel by Kate - no.16 Seriously you need to own a lippie from this collection. I have a vast amount of colors in this range and am defo gonna pick up the ones I don't have This color is a lovely light coral/pink shade and is fantastic for a softer look, its nice for work. Again I LOVE this lippie. If you do not own a Rimmel by Kate you need to go and pick one up for just €6.99 in Boots. 
 *gratefully received at blogger event

So there you have it. Please let me know if you have any other reds/corals that I 'need' to add to my collection! 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Crafty Oul Biddies : 100% handmade woolies from Co. Kildare

I love showing off 100% Irish products and am very excited to introduce you to The Crafty Oul Biddies - a group of ladies from Co. Kildare who decided to put their combined talents to use and make lots of little children (and parents) very happy with amazing wooly hats, scarves and baby blankies. 

The woolies are simply amazing, if you are a big kid at heart you will love the animated ones, and to be honest I would love to be able to pull them off myself, might look a bit odd rocking up to work with a minion on my head though!!




The ladies use a variety of techniques including crocheting, knitting and a hand loom.

If you are looking for something original and hand made, why not give Jayne (the head honcho) a shout through their facebook page, where she will advise you of pricing, different types of goods, and estimated delivery time. 

What d'ye think lads?

Có x

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Essence - I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara ¦ Review

I am a big fan of essence, and spend AGES browsing through their stands in my local Dunnes and Pennys. Usually pick up clear mascaras and nail polishes so decided to this time  grab one of their mascaras I had seen rave reviews about online.

I <3 extreme crazy volume mascara is presented in a fab pink bottle, very eye catching, and retails at about €3.50 (cheap as chips).

This was love at first use. This mascara is better than my benefit mascara which retails at nearly 7 times the price.

The applicator is plastic so take it easy as it can be a bit scratchy if you are used to regular brushes.



It doesn't flake at all during the day, even when you have sleepy eyes that you are rubbing as often happens en route to work.

Its completely clump free, and very build able if you are looking for even more volume.

Another plus is that when I remove it at night, it comes off easily with eye make up remover, effortless.

Basically what you need to do next is get your little arses to your nearest Essence stand and buy this. Best €3.50 you will spend.

I can not wait to try their other mascaras when this one is done. 

Any other essences recs for me??

Có x

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Bia Beauty ¦ Skin Superfood for Problem Skin

Bia Beauty is the brainchild of Tracey Ryan whose idea of creating natural skin care grew whilst studying Herbal Science @ CIT (she knows her stuff)! 

The Bia Beauty range is extensive catering for feet, lips, face, mums to be, and best of all it is 100% Irish and 100% natural.

I have been intrigued by natural skin care, assuming it would be easier and more nutritious on the skin. 


I decided to pick up the Skin Superfood from the range in the hope it would ease the redness of acne scars and hydrate my skin at night. However this is a very versatile product and can be used on an array of skin problems such as Roscrea and dry skin.

This comes in a 50ml pump action bottle and is full to the brim of natural goodness, ingredients include calendula and heartsease. I have been using this cream in the evenings alongside my Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + and really like it.

It is very rich and not a lot is needed as it smooth's out really nicely over the face. My skin feels so good after it and I have definitely noticed an improvement in the visibility of acne scars.
 
 
The rrp is €12.95 which is a fantastic price for such a good natural product that will last you ages. If you visit www.biabeauty.com you will see a full list of stockists and you can also order online.

I will 100% be repurchasing this as well as a few other bits from the range.

Có x





Monday, 12 August 2013

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel ¦ Review

 
The effaclar range by La Roche Posay is right up my street as it was
developed for troubled oily and sensitive skin.
 
This purifying foaming gel is designed to eliminate impurities and excess sebum, while leaving the skin clean. It is alcohol, colorant, paraben, and soap free so it is gentle on the skin and doesn't feel like you have just stripped a layer of skin.
 
I use this daily in the hope that one day I will wake up spot free. I use mine by foaming it up in my hands, massaging in to my face, and then washing it off with a face cloth. I use it once daily, usually whenever I have a shower. Its also pretty good at removing make up too.
 
 
 
I find this face wash excellent, it keeps oil at bay, makes my skin feel really good, and although I am not spot free yet, I feel that it is defo helping me head in the right direction.
 
A little bit of advice I will offer is that this may be a little drying on some skin types. The best way to avoid this is to team it with a hydrating moisturiser such as hydraphase or nutric intense (both from LRP).
 
The effaclar range is extensive and all the products can be checked out here.
 
This wash retails at approx. €13 - €14 for 200ml which is excellent quality.
 
All in all, excellent product. LRP have done it again., BRAVO!!!


Friday, 9 August 2013

Skincare Review ¦ Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash


If this is your first time reading I'll fill you in quickly, ever since having the implanon bar in my arm 3 ish years ago my skin has been to hell and back, and my back and shoulders have been baring the brunt of it. The word bacne makes me want to vomit in my mouth but I suppose a spade is a spade.
 
I had read mixed reviews on this Neutrogena wash but in desperation to get rid of the spots on my back I decided to give it a go. It smells good, the presentation is good, I had high hopes. I threw it in the shower and used it with a shower puff, gently rubbing it in to my back and shoulders every second day. 
 
 
 
After about two week of using this, the spots on my back were the worst they have been in about a year. My shoulders right down to my lower back was covered in horrible, sore, giant spots. I was a little distraught to be honest, and stopped using the Neutrogena straight away.
 
3/4 weeks on my back has calmed down a good bit and is starting to get under control. If you have never suffered acne you will not understand how an outbreak like this knocks your confidence, and I can assure you I am not making a mountain out of a mole hill.
 
I was majorly disappointed in this product, I think for me it was just way too harsh on my skin, and I can only thank the powers above that I didn't use it on my face.
 
I do not want this review to come across like I am slating the brand cause that is not my intention, as I said the Internet is full of mixed reviews, and a friend of mine uses this range and loves it. Different strokes for different folks eh.
 
However in my opinion, for what its worth, if you have bad acne anywhere I would avoid this product. It is simply too harsh.
 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Skincare Review ¦ Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +

Trilogy Rosehip Oil is certified organic and is 100% natural which in my mind translates to goodness in a bottle. I have not used oils in the past as I assumed that because I had oily/combo skin that they would be no use for me. However after reading a lot about this online I was very excited to give it a go.



The main reason I wanted to use this was for its hydrating qualities it claims to have, as well as improving skin tone, brightness, and protection against environmental factors.

After cleansing in the evenings I use 3-4 drops and massage it in to my face and neck. I don't know why but this has become a very enjoyable little routine. The oil feels really good on my skin and my face seems to drink it up. Its like all those blasted open pores want to be filled with goodness for once.

I have noticed an improvement in my skin in the past couple of weeks. It seems to be more plump, and even though I am still carrying a lot of blemishes, the other areas look really healthy.

This lovely product is available in various stores and retails at approx. €24 for 20ml and €32 for 30ml. I really feel that the value for money is amazing with this, like I can see this lasting me for the guts of a year as you use so little per night. There is also very little room for waster with the great dropper which allows you to control what you use.



If you are looking for something to brighten up your skin I really think you should give this a go.



*I was lucky enough to receive this little bottle of goodness in my goodie bag at the Frillseeker website launch.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Neutralise your red face ¦ Paese and La Roche Posay.

My face has been very red for as long as I can remember, when I sleep, when I'm awake, when I'm anything really it just loves to glow red!!!

My mam said when she was a teenager she used to use green eyeshadow to cancel out her blushing, and I became intrigued. I wasn't sure with my skin being as arsey as it is if green eyeshadow was a good idea, so I started looking in to other products to help dull down the redness.

 
 


I got this Paese Anti Redness Concealer on Cloud 10 Beauty a while back. What it aims to do is conceal blemishes while neutralising skin tone.

I've got to be honest, this does nothing for me, I find the cream stick to hard to work on to my face, if it could be warmed up somehow it would probably do well, but I do not have a lot of time in the mornings to be waiting for things like that. You can see from the pics below that it defo does neutralise so if you have time to work it in to the face well you could be on to a winner! It retails at just €4.20 so its defo worth a try if you are more patient than me. If you have used this and have any tips please let me know as I'd like to give it another shot.

 


Next up is the La Roche Posay Rosaliac 'skin perfecting anti redness moisturising'.

This moisturiser aims at stopping the appearance of redness and restoring the skins natural defences. The formulation is a light green tinted cream, that is absorbed pretty easily to the skin.

I love La Roche stuff, I love the clinical look of the packaging and the results they produce but to be honest (again) this did nothing for my redness. I have been using it for ages now and have not noticed any changes. I am a little disappointed and wont be buying again, I will opt for another LRP moisturiser instead as I rate the others I have used.



So basically what I'm trying to convey here is that I'm still bright as a tomato!! And if you have any recs etc please let me know.




Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Happy 1st Birthday Nightline Parcel Motel


In celebration of their first birthday, Nightline Parcel Motel shared the love by sending out a parcel to my local Nightline Parcel Motel. (it included slippers, choccys and a hand towel, all mucho appreciated!)
 
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If you are lost and have no idea what I am on about here is the low down on Parcel Motel.

How does it work?
Basically instead of getting something delivered to your own house, you use the address provided by Parcel Motel (on their website when you set up an account), and select your local Nightline Parcel Motel.  When they receive the package they will deliver it to your selected location.
You will know when your order has arrived as you will receive a text message with a code.
You pop along to your selected Nightline Parcel Motel location, enter your phone number, and code, and bobs your uncle, your locker will pop open and inside lies your goodies.

Why would you use Nightline Parcel Motel?
Well the major buy in for me on this is that you can avail of ‘free UK shipping’ as the Parcel Motel address you input is a Belfast one so yippee to that!! See you later ridic p&p rates to Ireland.
Also if you are never at home for the postman and are sick of trying to get to the collection centre, well here is your solution.

How much does it cost?
It will cost you €3.50 to get a package delivered to your selected motel. In my opinion this is great value. The boy ordered a lot of stuff online and the postage on one in particular was £15 for Irish delivery, and free for UK. So needless to say it made more sense to spend €3.50 than flipping £15.


Personally I think this is a great service and will defo be using it in the future. All of the details are available on www.parcelmotel.com so if you have an online ordering addiction like moi why not give it a go!!

Có