Saturday, 28 February 2015

Lillibug's Toddler Favourites & Update (February)

Can you believe it is the last day of February already?! This month went by in a heart beat and Lillibug has rounded up this months favourites.

Dressing Up!


Lillibug is obsessed with dressing up and not just in her Doc McStuffin outfit or Snow White dress, really anything goes. I think the funniest outfit was my bridget jones knickers and my bra with a great pair of purple high heels (she may kill me in years to come for that reveal). She also loves posing in front of the mirror now with the hand on the hip!

DeAgostini Dinosaurs & Friends

Books are a big thing in our house, and Lillibug has curated a great collection at this stage. When I saw this new series out by DeAgostini called Dinosaurs and Friends we were in for a treat. Lillibug loves her Dinosaurs and they have now found a place in her Castle and they come after her Princesses. She is loving the book too and loves reading it in the afternoons with me snuggled on the couch. This is going to be a weekly edition so I'm really tempted to collect it from here on in.

Valentine's Day Teddies

Lillibug was super excited about Valentine's Day it was so so sweet to see. She was super happy with herself when she picked out the teddy on the left for Grandaddy with her pocket money and went and paid the lady. The one one the right is from Grandaddy and she won't go to bed without him now. Also when together she has to have the two of them sitting beside one another just like in the photo above.

Sorry about the bad picture quality in some of the photos I was having a bad day with lighting!

What are your toddlers loving this month?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Mother's Day: Beauty Gift Ideas with Aldi

Mother's Day is fast approaching and this year it is on the 15th of March! Mother's Day is about honouring our Mums, and celebrating the maternal bonds that we all have with ours. This year Aldi have us all sorted with some "Special Buys" that are guaranteed to put a smile on their faces! As a Mum who loves all things beauty I really like what they have in store from this Sunday the 1st of March, and it is all very affordable.



The following all contain Argan Oil which comes from a plant unique to Morocco and has great moisturising properties for our skin.

LACURA ANTI-AGEING ARGAN OIL DAY AND NIGHT CREAM (€3.99 each)

 Ahem, I can't say I'm too young for some Anti-Ageing Day & night cream to improve my skin elasticity, and get some moisture back into my skin. For €3.99 you can't go wrong.

LACURA ARGAN HAND CREAM (€2.49)

I'm a sucker for a handcream and this would be right up my street so I'll be hightailing it into Aldi this Sunday to pick up a new hand cream. This anti ageing hand cream is made with organic Argan Oil which protects dry hands from premature ageing.


 CARINO MIRACLE OIL  (€3.99)


I love oils for my hair as my hair is damaged and dry at the ends but this would make a great treat for anybody to give them shiny, straightened hair.

CARINO MIRACLE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER WITH ARGAN OIL (€2.79)


Mums need a little luxury for their hair, so both of these sound great. As the name suggests this oil shampoo is a miracle solution for your hair, which cleanses each strand gently and adds superb shine.  Hair will be left looking healthier and feeling softer after each use.  

REMINGTON HAIR CARE ACCESSORIES: 
Give Mum an extra special treat this Mother’s Day with this Special Buy range of Remington electronic hair care products.


The Remington Ionic Hairdryer (€11.99) will guarantee fast, efficient styling with ionic conditioning for frizz free styles. With three heat and two speed settings this hairdryer also has a cool shot button for hair that styles best with less heat.




For straight and shiny hair The Remington Sleek and Smooth Straightener (€19.99) has an advanced ceramic coating that will reduce hair snagging during use. This straightener has the added bonus of a heatproof pouch for safe storage. Heating up in only 15 seconds, this is perfect for busy Mums on the go.

3 PIECE COSMETIC BAG SET (€5.99)

This set includes a large zip-up carry bag with handles, a zipper pouch and a slim case. At only €5.99 per set and in four different styles, this bag set can be wiped clean so it is perfect for powders and any cosmetic spillages that may occur.

I love the idea of buying all the products and putting it into the 3 piece cosmetic bag as an extra surprise for my mum, or even making up a little hamper.

So don't forget to get to Aldi this Sunday the 1st of March before limited stock sells out.

*This is not a sponsored post. I'm not getting paid for, nor have I received any remuneration for this post. I'm a big Aldi fan and just love that they bring affordable products to us all, and wanted to let my readers know.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Polishes


Over Christmas my local Sam McCauley Chemist had a Wet n Wild stand, so of course I couldn't walk by without making a sneaky purchase. I picked three colours with the thoughts of using them for spring and summer.


All three are opaque and were easily applied using two coats. I did apply a topcoat later as I wanted them to have a bit more shine from them. Two downfalls for me with these polishes is I found that the formula dried out my nails badly so I would recommend a good base coat. Secondly they chipped really easily but with a topcoat they were fine and lasted 3-4 days, which in my book is good.


For less than €3 a bottle and a huge selection to choose from I am sure I will pick up more along the way. Just remember though, that a basecoat and topcoat would be a good idea.

I do really love the colours especially the purple On a Trip shade!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser


I had heard of Ole Henriksen through American beauty bloggers mostly, but never paid much attention as it wasn't readily available to us here in Ireland. Then I noticed last November that Debenhams had a lot of the products from Ole Henriksen new to their website, so after a dozen hints hubby bought me a set for our wedding Anniversary back in December. If you would like me to a run down on the products in a separate post just let me know. Today however I want to tell you about the Pure Truth Melting Cleanser 3 in 1 cleansing gelée, which is available for €28.00 for 100ml on the Debenhams website.


I have to say that this cleanser has been amazing on my skin. It comes out of the pot like an orange jelly, but once massaged into your skin it turns to oil. Then to top that off once you add warm water it turns to a milk. It disintegrates my makeup, and leaves my skin feel nourished, soft and hydrated.

It contains Vitamin C to brighten and support natural collagen, Rose hip oil to help repair and nourish, and also it contains Virgin Cherry Oil to reduce redness and help hydrate. Yes, it has done all of that for my skin.

This 3 in 1 gelée gets a huge thumbs up from me especially as my skin hasn't once felt dried out using this and I'm loving it so much I'm using both for my day and night routine. It feels absolutely luxurious but most importantly my skin is loving it.

What type of cleanser do you like?

Thursday, 12 February 2015

L'Oreal Miss Manga (Punky)

 A mascara not for the faint hearted!


I love trying out new mascaras, and when I saw this shiny lime green packaging looking at me of course I had to purchase!
One thing I can say without a doubt about this mascara is how unique it is. The mascara aims to give you volume and spiky, punky lashes. The wand is plastic and has a conical shape brush that catches all your lashes from the base, which leaves clumps of very black mascara that feels icky (that's just not for me). The bristles are well spaced apart to provide the punky look.


Overall, I'm not a fan of this mascara. The wand picks up so much product that it feels and looks gloopy. Yes that's the look it is meant to give but nope, just not for me. My lashes did look like they had more volume and length but the whole spiky thing was inconsistent. It would either work out or not work out depending on the day (lashes looked nothing like the model). As the day wore on the mascara really dried out on my lashes which left me with flaky bits in my eyes or on my cheeks. Will I part with €8.99 for this again? No. Sorry L'Oreal, this just does not work for me.


Will you be rocking the punky look?

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

#NOTD - Nails Inc Crown Court for this Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, and I think this wonderful colour from Nails Inc called Crown Court is going to be perfect to add a little bit of sparkle.


I really love the packaging of this particular Nails Inc bottle with purple stones to match the colour of the polish itself, and then the diamond style stones to make it sparkle even more. The brush itself was thinner than what I am used to using but it gives a more precise application and I'm starting to get the hang of it now.


It could be just me, but I think this shade is very sultry and I love the high shine that I was left with. I also (as always!) had to break it up with some sparkle on my ring finger, so I used Nails Inc Special Effect in Derby Gate which has pinkish confetti flecks.


I finally finished off with the Nails Inc Caviar Topcoat which is so unbelievably strong and kept my nails from chipping for a whole five days (believe me that is a miracle). I also really like the brush on the caviar topcoat as it fans out when you use it so just one swipe and I'm done.


I hope you like my #NOTD! Let me know what colours you will be wearing this Valentine's x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

NEW! Ziaja Olive Leaf Face & Body Collection

Ziaja are celebrating 25 years since it was founded by two Polish pharmacists Aleksandra and Zenon Ziaja. So to mark the 25 years, Ziaja have brought out the new Olive Leaf Face and Body Collection.


The range reflects the ethos of creating the best natural, simple and effective skincare.


Olive Leaf Regenerating Mask with Hyaluronic Acid:
This was a treat to use at 69c, which is extremely affordable. I left this on for 10 minutes and found it to be really refreshing and my skin looked really glowy after. It contains hyaluronic acid and youth vitamins to revive the skin, and olive extract to soothe. I will, without a doubt, be picking more of these up.


Olive Leaf Gel Scrub Micro-exfoliating:
This is the nicest feeling scrub I have ever come across with super fine particles for the scrub. I'm very sensitive when it comes to exfoliators, and there is only one other that I use in my skincare routine. This, however, I can already tell will be a cheaper alternative for me and is just as nice on my face as it is on my body. You will get 200ml in a bottle for €5.99.


Olive Leaf Concentrated Nourishing Cream SPF 20:
The olive leaf extract keeps skin refreshed and strengthened, prevents dehydration, softens and smoothes out fine wrinkles. I haven't been using this long enough to see if it will do anything for fine lines or wrinkles and I'm pretty okay in that area for now, but this is a lovely moisturiser. It has SPF 20 which is a must for my day time moisturiser and it keeps me feeling hydrated all day. It is €5.99 for 50ml and it's non greasy. My mum saw me using this and tried some so now I'm under instructions to stock up for her!

All of the above products have a slight refreshing spa like smell to them, nothing overpowering but really nice.

Also in the Olive Leaf Collection:

Duo-phase Make-up Remover €4.49 (120ml)
Cleansing Oil €9.99 (270ml)

Available online with Original Beauty

Ziaja

Friday, 6 February 2015

theCream Nourishing Face Cream by The Pink Cow Brand

It is a rarity that I come across a product that delivers instant results but this product just goes "bam! here I am in all my glory!".


Let me introduce you to theCream by The Pink Cow Brand, a nourishing face cream. It is 100% natural, contains 75% Colostrum and what I love most 0% bull. It doesn't contain parabens, preservatives or alcohol, but is loaded with the goodness of natural occurring vitamins, folic acid, all 22 amino acids and trace mineral for your skins health and beauty.


You maybe wondering about the colostrum? It is a natural ingredient produced by female mammals 72 hours after birthing and has been shown to:

  • regulate the functioning of the immune system
  • limit the deterioration of cells associated with the aging process
  • assist with cell growth and reproduction
  • regenerate various types of tissue, including skin
  • (info from website thepinkcowbrand.com)

This non greasy (nearly matte finish) face cream can be used morning or night on your face, neck, decolletage or wherever else need some tender loving care, this is multi functional. I espcecially love it on my hands as it seems to make them younger in an instant by plumping the lines out. The cream was a saviour coming up to Christmas after I had an allergic reaction to one of Lillibug's products, and I could only use this as it would calm the irritation right down. The cream hydrates and plumps the skin, and I've noticed some of my fine lines around my mouth and eyes have improved immensely. It is a constant in my nighttime skincare routine, but during the day this works fantastic as a primer and leaves you with a perfect canvas for your makeup. It also smells like vanilla which is really pleasant. 

The cost is €49.95 for 50mls which is expensive but this creamy beauty is well worth it if you can afford to splurge as a treat to yourself. This was sent to me to try and I have to say this really is a beautiful moisturiser that does so much more than hydrate. I've been using this for several weeks consistently and even though I can't see inside the sleek bottle which has a great pump action, there seems to be loads left in it so it a little really does go a long way. I can't get enough of this cream and the fact that I noticed a difference in my skin after the first application speaks wonders about it.

The Pink Cow Brand

Thursday, 5 February 2015

NEW: Waxperts Beautiful Body Oil

Irish brand Waxperts has a new arrival to our shelves and it comes in the form of this body oil!


Waxperts Beautiful Body Oil is an essential for us all to keep our skin hydrated. I've never been a fan of previous body oils I have tried but this is a firm winner for me. I was on the fence before trying as I'm so used to oils of the "icky sticky" variety or ones that leave a greasy residue. I always use an oil for shaving in the shower as this method saves me getting spots but I don't like the residue it leaves. Waxperts kindly sent me this oil to try out and I've completely changed my mind about oils now. This is a beautiful, lightweight, and quick absorbing oil that has found a place on my bedside table. I've been using this every morning and night and the scent of lavender (not overpowering) is really a comfort, especially at night.

The oil can be used to help sooth irritated or scorched skin. You can also use it for stretch marks and to hydrate your skin. I also really like the price of the oil at €9.99 for a 100ml bottle. The plastic bottle comes with a pump which makes dispensing so much easier.

Just in case you don't know Waxperts is a dedicated waxing salon based in Dun Laoghaire, so next time I am in Dublin for a break myself and the girls will definitely be popping in.

Also I'm a big fan of their Ingrown Hair Pads €9.99 which are brilliant for not just the ingrown hairs but spot breakouts.

Waxperts Beautiful Body Oil is also suitable after waxing or as it says on the package "Divine after Bathing".

Check out Waxperts website and social media accounts below, they are fabulous to follow on all platforms and really engage with their customers.



Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Superdrug Vitamin E Super Balm (Review)

Welcome to my 200th blog post! I thought I needed to mention it as it's such a big milestone for me and my blog. I couldn't have reached this milestone without the encouragement from you all and I hope you continue to read what I have to write about. Also I'm glad that today's blog post is a positive one so really hope you enjoy x


Oh my goodness! I have fallen in love with this little pot of joy and I have Nicole from Beauty, Lifestyle, & Ramblings to thank for getting me this beaut. I love this so much I went and bought a back up, and believe me that is saying a lot when it comes to me. 

You may have remembered that I raved about the Trilogy Balm? Well move over Trilogy this beautiful oil has just knocked you out of the ballpark and it comes in at a much more affordable price of €4.75.

The Super Balm can be used on dry skin, nails, cuticles and lips and for me it has worked on all of those parts. My lips, nails and cuticles are nourished and moisturised and look healthy. This also has a lasting effect so I just use this in the morning and my lips are soft for the day and my nails and cuticles look so much better. I used this on my elbows as well and it worked wonders, especially as this cold weather is playing havoc with my skin. 

You will find when you open this jar that it looks like a sugar scrub and it has a rough feel to it, but once applied these little sugary beads dissolve into the oil and it's almost as if it has exfoliated as well as moisturised the area. There is a very sweet smell like penny sweets to this which I love, but it might not be a fragrance to everyone's taste.

Definitely a star budget buy for all year round, and I don't think I will ever be without this again. Rich in vitamin E and full of antioxidants this is my little saviour.

Have you tried this yet or do you have similar balm that you just can't live without?
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