Friday, 24 October 2014

Nail Care Routine That Got My Nails Into Shape

A couple of months back my nails got in really bad condition, mostly because of my health and the medication I was on. They were dry, brittle, peeling and breaking! I usually have long nails as I've never liked them short. So if you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me looking for recommendations of products I could use and any tips, and loads came in so thank you to everyone for the recommendations.


So I've been trying some old and some new products to see if I could  get my nails back in shape but I banned nail polish up until a few weeks ago.


Three products really stood out to me and after 8 weeks my nails are starting to get back in shape.

The first product that really helped is the Trilogy Everything Balm (€16.95) a solid oil that melts once warmed on your skin. I rubbed this oil in generously while massaging my hands, nails and cuticles and I think this has really helped. The Balm is a  great all rounder which I use on both myself and Lillibug for various skin complaints.

Second and is easily now my favourite hand cream by far is the Elemis Pro-collagen Hand & Nail Cream (€34.55 so expensive but absolutely gorgeous). The smell reminds me of orange peel and it's lovely. It can feel a little chalky just as it finishes absorbing but my goodness the difference I can see after using this is amazing.


So after using those two products everyday the difference was outstanding but my nails still looked a little dull. Then the Micro Nail (€49.99) came into my life which gave me the shiniest prettiest nails. I'm pretty skeptical when it comes to gadgets but I'm so grateful this was sent to me to try out! The below picture doesn't even do my nails justice after using the Micro Nail. My nails are super smooth and super shiny, it looks like I'm wearing clear nail varnish it is that good. Using this just finished my nails off perfectly.


Can you see the difference? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments section below!



Thursday, 23 October 2014

Forever Living Aloe Vera Gelly

The Direct Selling Association of Ireland sent me a few goodies to try and I've have been having great fun trying out everything. Some of the products are new to me and some I have heard of, or have tried out before. Today I thought I would tell you about the Aloe Vera Gelly (€16.08) from Forever Living. It has been one of my favourite items from this bunch.


We (Lillibug and I) have been mostly using this on our eczema. The colder weather is making it a little worse but find that using the Aloe Vera Gelly has given us great relief and find that it is really soothing. The gelly is a clear gel and applies lovely on the skin, and the minute you put it on it feels cool and soothing. This product has been fantastic for Lillibug's nappy rash too and I'm favouring this over another one we usually use. 

I'm definitely going to stock up on more of this product. I love the packaging too. The fact that it's not a tub means all you have to do is squeeze a bit out. No mess, no fuss. The Aloe Vera Gelly is a great all rounder for the whole family and can be used for so many skin complaints:

Nappy Rash
Allergies
Stings
Ulcers
Burns 
and so much more!

Have you tried this? Tell me what you would use it for in the comments below!


Kindly sent to me by the Direct Selling Association of Ireland. They provide information & support for direct selling in Ireland and promote direct selling in the home.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Netflix Stream Team Celebrating National Parents Week: What is FoMo??

From 20th to 26th or October it's National Parents Week. The aim of this is to highlight the need for parents to get a break, where you possibly can. With a two year old going on three barreling through the house it can be tough to have some quiet time and catch up with the TV shows that everyone is talking about. That's where FoMo comes from, by the way. FoMo stands for "Fear of Missing Out". This is where we have found Netflix to come in extremely useful. Whether it's me burning through "The Good Wife", or hubby's obsession with Raylan Givens in "Justified", we've both found something to pass the time. However it was only recently that we started watching something together for the first time that we've actually stuck with. We've tried to start a load of shows that have had great first episodes, but then the quality dips.



Then we discovered "Homeland".

It's the story of a United States prisoner of war who comes home after eight years and has to re-adjust to his family life. Of course it's not that simple. There's a female CIA agent who suspects that he may have been turned to the side of the terrorists while he's been there.

The show stars Damien Lewis as Nicholas Brody, Claire Danes as Carrie Matheson, and one of my favourite actors Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Carrie's superior.

The first three seasons are on Netflix, and hubby and I flew through them. It's a really easy show to follow despite all the political games that are being played, and the acting is great from all involved. The great thing about having multiple series of any show on Netflix is not having to wait for the pesky cliffhangers to get sorted. Well, until you finish a show anyway.

There are thirty-six episodes of this show on Netflix, twelve per season, and we finished the whole lot in three weeks. What I had heard before watching "Homeland" was that the first two seasons were great, with the third being disappointing, but when you're watching a show in two or three episode per night chunks, it feels like you're watching one really long movie. I didn't really notice a drop in quality in the last twelve episodes. The environments changed from the corridors of the CIA offices, but I thought it gave the whole show a bigger scope with the bit of globetrotting thrown in.

What shows, if any, have you binge watched on Netflix? Do you think watching a box set of a TV show has become more enjoyable than, say, a trip to the cinema?



*Disclaimer: I have become a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this I received a complimentary subscription for one year & an Apple TV (Box). All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. Stay tuned........

Friday, 17 October 2014

My Top 5 Blushes: From Budget to Splurge

I have always loved experimenting with blushers, I like how versatile and changeable they are. From cream, powder to stains. From pan to stick form and then texture to pigmentation I could spend ages experimenting, swatching and mixing!


Mostly I like a blush that I can use all seasons or that can be incorporated in some way, and what I'm not a huge fan of is stains but that is just a personal preference as I always seem to breakout in spots when I use them. I've being threatening to do this post for awhile now and I've finally gotten round to it. So here are my top 5 in order of price.



1. NYC Beautifying Blushable Cream Stick - Never Sleeping Pink

A beautiful budget friendly cream blush that I spoke of previously here. These cost €3.49 and I really hope they come out with more colours soon!


2. Catrice Defining Blush - Think Pink

These are so pigmented and has vitamins C and E in there. Really blendable and another bargain at €3.79


3. Clinique Cheek Pop/Blush Pop - Berry Pop

I raved about this a couple of months back in a full review right here on the blog. I still can't get enough of it and if you want to see more swatches and what I thought here is the review. Is it worth €20? In all honesty YES!


4. MAC Pro Longwear Blush - Stay Pretty

This would be one of the newest additions to my collection but I love it so much and is my most worn blush since getting it. It's a bit of a splurge at €26.00 but really worth it as it lasts all day and buildable. To check out more of my thoughts on this blush check out review here.


5. Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten - Berry

This might be a hard one to get in this colour as I haven't seen it online in Berry, but I love this! This was a gift earlier this year and when I first saw it I my initial thought was it's waaaay to dark for me, but I was so wrong. It gives me a beautiful defined cheek with a beautiful healthy sheen. It is highly pigmented so you need to use a light hand. On the Laura Geller website this is $27.50.


Let me know what you think of my picks or what your favourite blush is in the comments section below? xx
 

Monday, 13 October 2014

MONDSS Underarm Wear:

I was kindly sent these awhile ago and after going through a pack I think I can finally give my full opinion on this product.

I am someone who suffers badly with underarm sweat (thank you, damn thyroid) and have always found it extremely embarrassing. When in a stressful situation it gets so bad that I always wished I had remembered to bring a spare top with me!


So in steps MONDSS Underarm Wear an Irish Brand with a super innovative idea. These look like giant plasters when you take them out of the box and are pretty simple to apply the second time round (first time was a little awkward). There is no need for deodorant as these lock in the moisture and odour. I love these for times when I know I'm going into a social gathering, they are perfect for any special occasion, job interview or a long journey in a hot car and these help avoid the embarrassment of the sweat patches on my clothes.


Taking these off is another story altogether, I would advise that you follow the instructions to use an oil (e.g. baby oil) to help remove the patches, which I do before having a shower.

I will continue to buy these as they give me the confidence but I know they might not be for everyone. They do feel a bit strange at first but you get used to it very quickly. They go unnoticed when wearing a top with a sleeve. I think if I was wearing something strapless I wouldn't wear these for fear of waving at someone and them getting a glimpse at the underarm wear. 10 pieces come in a pack for €9.99 which can be bought through their website.

If, like me, you suffer from time to time with the embarrassment of underarm sweat and you know you have something important coming up, then have a pack of these on standby at your dressing table as I would recommend them.

Also discovered over on Instagram that they got the name MONDSS from Diamonds (very clever indeed) "Diamonds are a girls best friend and so are MONDSS" (from MONDSS Instagram).

Check out MONDSS

What do you think? Would you wear these or have you tried them?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Holiday Beauty & Fashion Haul

If you read my post on "What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?" you will know I was recently in Cork for our family holiday. We had such a fantastic time together, but of course no break away is complete without some shopping. I only stopped off in three places and I'm delighted with my treats that I saved up for.



First stop was Boots of course and I picked up just a three things, I have to say I was very reserved.

There was a 3 for 2 offer on Maybelline products when I popped in so I got:

 Maybelline The Eraser Eye €11.99. A tad bit on the yellow side for me but there is great moisture in it.

Maybelline Color Show €5.99 and I love this colour, lasting power wasn't great so would need a top coat next time for this.

Maybelline Colour Elixir €10.49. All I can say after trying this out is that I really want more for the collection!


Since getting my first taste (so to speak) of MAC last month I knew I had to pick up something else. I was in desperate need of a new foundation and after being colour matched I got MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW13. I definitely want to review this soon to let you know what I think. €31.50




I fell in love with these scarves straight away and for €6 each, I definitely couldn't go wrong. I do love a bit of Tartan for Autumn/Winter!

The fox slipper socks were €3.50 and come in handy waiting for me by the bed every morning







I am a big fan of tops with collars so I was drawn to this. There were other colours but the pink put a bit of life back into my pale skin. Great for day wear or for the office! €12.00









The colour didn't come out to good in this picture but it is a minty green cardigan with a batwing edge. For €12 I think the shape would suit anybody and a cardigan is always handy to have.





No trip to Pennys could be complete without a canvas shopping bag to put everything into. I love these bags for popping onto the handle of the buggy or if I get an hour to myself to go out you will be sure to see me with one of these bags. €2.00

Monday, 6 October 2014

Competition Time with Dream Dots for Spots

Dream Dots are a new Irish brand that are here to rescue us from those pesky breakouts that we can all get. Dream Dots are a little dot sticker that have a unique super absorption layer that targets spots and helps heal, calm and protect. You pop these on before bed and let them work their magic over a course of one to three nights. The pain of your spot will be noticeably reduced as well as redness and swelling! What's not to like about that?


Dream Dots can be used by all, from teenagers, women and men, they are something to definitely have in your bathroom cabinet. They come in handy for times of need, especially when you have big event like a wedding and of course a big spot will appear the night before! Well worry no more as I have a pack of Dream Dots up for grabs. Follow instruction below and winner will be announced Saturday! Open to the Republic of Ireland Only.

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