Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Cocoa Brown Rose Gold Goddess Body Oil

Yes this is the second post in a row that I have done about a highlighter...moving on. To be fair you could put rose gold on anything and there is a fair likelihood that I will feel that I need it in my life. So combine that with Cocoa Brown and I'm sold! The original Golden Goddess oil has been immensely popular over the last couple of months and then those gorgeous girls over at Cocoa Brown took it all a step further and released the Rose Gold Goddess oil! For a night out over the last couple of weeks, the go-to product has been this oil. This makes you literally glow like a goddess. You will take the saying "highlight on fleek" to a whole other level. 

I do prefer this to the original, and I really hope the limited edition sticker will eventually drop off and it will be here to stay forever! I find this shade suits my skin tone better as the original was slightly too yellow and with my (very) pink undertone, the rose shade works better for me. With this a little goes a long way. On a night out it looks gorgeous on the legs, arms and along the collar bones. Obviously paired with a gorgeous tan, this really makes such a difference to any look. I have even used this on my mum when she has been heading out and she loves it too! 

I will be picking up another bottle or two of this before it leaves the shelves! I really hope that it becomes a permanent addition to the Cocoa Brown family. Pick it up before it's gone forever!


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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder

This is the highlighter that has been getting raved about by everyone over the past couple of weeks. I bought it months ago and had forgotten about it up until recently. Apparently it sells out all the time and Catrice can't keep it on the shelves. Once I heard the ravings start up again over the last couple of weeks I dug this out again and started to give it another go. I have been pretty obsessed with MAC's Soft & Gentle, and have been using it pretty consistently since I bought it last year. But since it was getting such rave reviews, I switched them out in my make-up bag. 

Starting off with the packing of it, you are really getting what you pay for here. It is cheap and cheerful, no frills or anything exciting. But in this case the product inside is worth ten times more. At first sight you see the silver compact and it does look a little intimidating in the pan. But it does not swatch as stark as it looks in the compact. It is a lot more subtle than Soft & Gentle but it does have the same idea behind it. It is a silver champagne highlighter that gives a gorgeous sheen to the skin. I think it does have the risk of running a little glittery if you over do it. But if you have a light hand with the brush it definitely has the potential to look gorgeous! I have been wearing it on an everyday basis lately and for work it does look gorgeous but if I was looking for a highlight to wear on a night out (or if I'm feeling a little more dramatic) then I would still be reaching for the likes of Champagne Pop or Soft & Gentle.

It doesn't wear particularly well but for the price you are getting what you pay for in that department. For €5.50 you would never be stuck for a highlighter! If you spot it at a Catrice counter, grab it!

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Kat Von D | Shade & Light Palette

I was recently in Sephora for the first time ever. When I walked in I really didn't know where to start. I had a few things on a list that I knew I definitely wanted to get and this palette was one of them. Kat Von D is launching in Debenhams in October but I have been wanting this for so long that I couldn't leave without getting it. It was a little pricy at €47 but since giving it a test I can see why it is expensive!

The Kat Von D range is highly talked about in the beauty world and this palette is one of the highlights from the collection. After hearing so many people raving about it I knew it had to be one of the first things I picked up. The palette has six powder products in it, three contour and three highlights. They range from light to dark so there is something to suit everyone- or if like me you wear false tan, there will be a colour to suit you no matter what stage in the tanning routine you are.

The powders are unlike anything I have ever used before. They are ridiculously pigmented. You literally need the tiniest amount of product on your brush to avoid looking or feeling cakey or powdery. The powder itself feels so lightweight on the skin, if you use the right amount it feels like there is nothing on the skin. The contour shades blends so easily and beautifully. It's the easiest contour product I have ever used. The one shade out of the whole palette that I am obsessed with is the middle highlight. It brightens up the under eye area amazingly well. It is a little more yellow toned than the others so it cancels out any discoloration under the eyes. That one is definitely the stand out shade in the palette for me.

If you are lucky enough to live near a Sephora or a Kat Von D counter, I would 100% recommend you check this out. It is definitely worth the money in my opinion!

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

August Beauty Favourites

 Lets try this whole return to blogging thing again. Yes I have been absent after saying I was going to get back into a routine but then the Summer happened. I swear I am back. I have still been buying and trying the same ridiculous amounts of make-up as usual so I have plenty to talk about. I thought that August favourites would be the perfect way to get back into the swing of things. August really flew by, I was in Barcelona for just over a week and had a couple of weekends away in between so I really got my everyday routine down to a few key products.

 Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
To be fair, you are probably all sick of hearing about my love for this mask. I brought this with me to Spain and applied it every night. I was worried that my skin would dry out with the sun and from being in the pool/sea so I wanted to make sure I got that extra bit of moisture in. I just applied a light layer every night and left it on overnight. It is definitely thicker and stickier than your normal moisturiser but by morning time it had fully sunk in and my skin was feeling really healthy and nourished. I am obsessed with the smell of this too, it has a peach scent which is gorgeous! If you have dry skin and need something to inject that extra bit of moisture in I would definitely recommend that you pick this up!

 Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil
This came out earlier this month and it was on offer in Boots so I picked it up to give it a go. I am a massive fan of cleansing oils so I thought this would be a nice budget option. I have been using this every night for the past month and I am really impressed. My skin has had minimal breakouts and the texture has really improved. I use a micellar water to remove the bulk of my make up and then use this to cleanse my skin. It does a great job at giving my skin a deep cleanse and leaves it feeling nourished and moisturized. I think this is an amazing budget oil cleanser and definitely one that you should give a go! 

 Boots Witch Hazel Gel
For the few breakouts that did appear though the month I have been using this gel from Boots. I picked it up randomly one day and was pleasantly surprised. This takes down the swelling of a spot brilliantly overnight. It gets rid of the redness and soreness. It doesn't get rid of the spot completely overnight but it improves it so much. For €2.99 I was so impressed with how this worked. It is a clear gel too so there will be no awkward white sudocream moments! 

 L'oreal Volume Million Lashes "Fatale"
This is a new release from L'oreal this month and I had just run out of my beloved Maybelline "The Falsies". So instead of buying the mascara that I have loved for months and that I know works for me, I went out and bought this. The make-up junkie in me is never satisfied. What if there is something better?! This mascara gives lovely (slightly chunky) volume while defining the lashes. It holds a curl really well and lasts all day on me. It is a little tougher to get off but if you use an oil based cleanser you are good to go! 

 MAC Lady Danger
This has been the go to lipstick over the past month when I want something a little more dramatic. This is a gorgeous vibrant orange toned red. I prefer this type of red because it is slightly more relaxed than a pillar box red and can be used during the day and at night. (I think anyway!) It looks amazing with a tan and it really brightens up any make-up look. I find it makes your teeth look whiter too! I have really been liking going though some of my older MAC lipsticks that I haven't worn in ages. Hue is another one I have rediscovered and may appear in next months favourites! 

Monsoon Rose Gold Perfume
This has been my perfume of choice for the last couple of weeks. Anytime I smell it, it reminds me of holidays. I am the worst person ever at describing scents so I googled. And according to The Fragrance Shop online, it has notes of lemon, vanilla, musk and balsamic amber which to be honest is all completely lost on me. I do like that it has a deeper scent than what I normally go for. Plus all you need to do is put rose gold on anything I am guaranteed to love it! 

So those are a few of the bits that I have been loving over the past couple of months. I have a few reviews coming up of items I bought on holidays over the next few days! 
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

May Beauty Favourites

I didn't do a favourites last month, partly because I was so busy and partly because I wasn't 100% dedicated to any particular products. So because of that, I skipped last month and decided to wait until I had enough bits to show you before doing another favourites post. So some of the bits included today I have been using for 6-8 weeks so they are definitely the stand out products to me at the moment. There are a few lip products included too, I have been obsessed with changing out my lip look lately so these two are polar opposites to each other but I love them both equally!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
I already have a post dedicated to this palette, but I have to say that this would be my No.1 favourite of the past couple of weeks. If you had shown this palette to me last year I wouldn't have put it near my face. But I am all about the warmer toned eyeshadows now and this is right up my street. There is a nice mixture of mattes and shimmer, subtle and more vibrate shades. I have been using this everyday since getting this and there are so many different looks that you can create. The quality of the eyeshadows are just so ridiculously good. If you can still get your hands on this I definitely recommend you do! 

 MAC Give Me Sun Bronzer
This is not a new product to my collection but I have just been obsessed with this over the past couple of months. If you are very fair this bronzer is not for you. It is a very pigmented, very warm toned bronzer. I love the formula of this because it never looks cakey on my skin. It is a very "skin-like" finish and it just seems to last all day on me. I have been going a little mad with the tan this month so this has just been the perfect bronzer to use while I do have that little (ha) bit more tan on. 

Catrice To Be ContiNUDEd Lipgloss
First lip obsession this month has been this lipgloss from Catrice. I have not gone a day without having this in my handbag since getting it. It is a beautiful nude-pink shade that has a gorgeous gloss to it. This is a really long-lasting gloss, but it's not overly glossy. It goes with my everyday make-up that I have been wearing recently and it really has been one of my go-to lip colours! I had to re-purchase it because my original one randomly fell apart in my locker at work and I was lost without it for the few days that I didn't have it! 

Kat Von D Bow & Arrow
I was very lucky to get this as a present from America. Kat Von D isn't available in Ireland (sob) so I was delighted to finally get to try some of her range. The shade Bow & Arrow seemed to be one of the most popular shades in her liquid lipstick range, and after looking at swatches online it looked like something I would like. It is the perfect brown-nude for me. I can wear it both with or without tan and it doesn't wash me out or look ashen on my lips. The lasting power in this is just phenomenal, but it doesn't dry overly matte. It feels very comfortable on the lips and once it's on it stays put and looks gorgeous! 

Dr Pawpaw Ointment 
This product has been very hyped up over the past couple of weeks, and rightly so! I first tried Pawpaw ointment a couple of years a go but at the time it wasn't readily available in Ireland. I spotted it at the till when I was paying for items recently and snapped it up! I have been addicted to this ever since. I use it everyday on my lips and I have not had any problems with dryness since! It is one of those "do it all" miracle products that you can use for a number of different things!

 Bioderma Hydrabio Gel Cream*
This has been the moisturiser that I have been reaching for over the past couple of weeks and I have really been loving it. It is a light gel consistency which sinks in almost instantly to the skin. It moisturises my skin really well but doesn't leave it feeling greasy or overly heavy. I have been using this both during the day under my make-up and at night time. I have combination skin so this really has worked well for me by combating the dry patches but not making the oily zones worse! I also love the packaging!  

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Sleek Contour Palette

Contouring has really blown up over the past couple of months again, with lots of different companies releasing their versions of a contour palette. Cream contouring seems to be one of the biggest versions of contouring at the moment but also one of the most difficult to master. Sleek have released an "all cream" contour palette and its gotten a lot of hype online. I picked it up because I thought it would be a good starter into the world of cream contouring. Cream contouring isn't something I have ever done too much in the past. I've always thought it was too messy and it was always a bit of a risk doing it when I was already happy with my base. But when I spotted this from Sleek I thought it looked really simple to use and everything needed was there.The kit comes in three shades, light, medium and dark. I went for the light one, because even though I wear a good bit of fake tan, I am naturally very fair and I wanted to be able to use it both ways.

First impression of the palette was that the creams were a lot softer than I expexted. They have a very liquid consistency which makes them very easy to apply and blend, without looking or feeling cakey on the skin. The way I have been using it has been to use the first shade on the top row which has a yellow tint to it, under my eyes to brighten and get rid of my dark circles. I then use the third shade on the top row to highlight any areas I want, such as the bridge of my nose, cheekbones and a bit on the centre of my forehead. I then use a mixture of the second and third shades on the bottom to contour. I put it on the tops of my forehead, under my cheekbones, jawline and  sometimes I put a little down the sides of my nose.

I have used both a brush and a make-up sponge to blend the product out and it works equally well with both. The brush gives a more dramatic look while a sponge gives a more sheer finish. Once set with a translucent powder the product doesn't budge. It makes such a difference and really comes across well in photos. It just gives your face a little bit of extra dimension and brightening to your face. If you are looking to start of in the cream contouring world, or would like a handy kit that has everything together this one is perfect.

It is available from Boots online here for €13.99.
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

You may (or may not!) have noticed that it has been a while since my last blog post. So far I haven't posted anything this month and I didn't do a monthly favourites for April. Life just got a little busy and to be honest I wasn't putting as much time and effort into my blog or beauty things in general in the last few weeks. But I am back, I feel like I have my mojo back and I have a few new exciting products that I can't wait to review for you over the next few weeks! The first one is something I have been dying to get my hands on since the preview pictures started popping up on Instagram a few months ago. If you had shown me this palette a year or two a go, it would never have been one that I would jump for. I used to be all about the cooler tones in my eyeshadows and would never touch a warm toned palette. But ever since I started using Urban Decay's Riff, I have fallen in love with the warmer tones and have been using them pretty consistently since. So when I first seen this palette, it looked absolutely perfect for my new warm-toned obsession. 

This was available on Debenhams.ie which is where I purchased it from, and the delivery was pretty quick. It took about three working days to arrive via courier which isn't bad considering I thought it would be much longer to be fair. I was so excited when I finally got my hands on it, I had to be so restrained because I had to be a typical blogger and photograph it before swatching...which was so painful!First thing you notice about this palette is the smell...yes it smells like peaches! This is the first palette I have gotten from Too Faced and I think it's really cool that they have added fragrance to their products to match the names. I was a bit worried that this would irritate my eyes but so far so good, and I haven't had any problems! This palette is every warm eyeshadow lovers dream. It contains 18 shadows that all compliment each other and that could work together beautifully. There is a mix of matte, shimmer, and one slightly glittery shade along with a nice decent sized mirror. 

I was in love with these shadows at first swatch. I have never useed anything like these before, and they are totally worth the money. The shadows are so unbelievably soft and blend-able it is unreal. Along with being amazingly pigmented makes them one of my favourite eyeshadows ever. The quality of is palette is so high that I can see why so many people rave so much about Too Faced. They blend so easily together and the colour combinations that are included make it so easy to create any sort of eye look that you want. I have used this for both work and nights out and it really does make it so easy to go from one to the other. This has been the palette I have reached for the most so far this month and I can confidently say that it will make an appearance in my monthly favorites.

If you can get your hands on one of these palettes I would 100% recommend that you do. The shadows are amazing quality and the colours are so on trend and would suit so many people!
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