Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Kiehl's New Daily Reviving Concentrate Review

Our skin can breath easy now from those sleepless nights thanks to Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate! Priced at €42.50 this isn't by any means a cheapy but my goodness, it's a goody. It helps revive and awaken your skin and glow from within. It comes in a beautiful glass bottle with a pipette to dispense the beautiful smelling yellow tinted oil.

A little goes a long way just 2-3 drops of the oil and then I tap it into my skin. I use it as the last step in my skincare routine but before my suncream and it works perfectly for me as it's the rule I've always gone by (oil penetrates moisturiser but not the other way around), even though this is a serum/oil hybrid. The lightweight formula protects skin from daily stress, pollution, and smoke with it's revitalising properties. 

I am a big fan of oils; my skin just loves them, especially my dry skin. Using an oil during the day was a little unusual, but it's really making a difference to the appearance of my skin. My skin's texture has been feeling and looking better, and I can say that the glow this gives is youthful!

Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate contains Ginger Root which is a herb and packed with essential oils. Ginger also contains antioxidants which protect against aging and aid stimulating circulation. The sunflower helps create a smooth appearance to your skin leaving it soft. The Tamanu Leaf also known as the beauty leaf helps to correct the visible appearance of skin fatigue.

On a final note I do love this, I wait about 20 minutes after using it then wait to apply my makeup and my skin just glows all day!

The Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate is now available from Kiehl’s 35 Wicklow Street; Dundrum Town Centre and Arnotts Department Store or visit Kiehl's website.

*This was a Klout Perk (a social media analytics to rank its users according to online social influence via the "Klout Score) and I was not obliged to write a review, but I loved it so much I just had to!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Budget Buy For Under €5: Essence Make Me Brow Review

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I've been waiting for around a month now for the Essence Make Me Brow (€3.05) in the shade Blondy Brows to hit our stands and it finally has YAY! Is this the Eyebrow Gel Mascara to take over my beloved Benefit Gimme Brows?! The Make Me Brow is definitely a cheaper alternative to the Benifit's price tag of €26.00 but read on to find out more.....

At first glance I had really high hopes, the packaging was similar, the colour looked spot on and the brush only a little bigger. The main difference for me was the brush, the Essence Make Me Brow has wider bristles and more of a comb effect through the brows making the product disperse further apart but with a little work the final result is very similar.

The formula looks wetter and shiner compared to Gimme Brows but once applied this doesn't show on the eyebrows thankfully. The Make Me Brows doesn't have the exact same effect but my goodness it's the closest I've gotten, and it gives me a groomed brow that I need for my wild brow! I'm hoping also that when it dries out a little that the formula will be even closer in comparison and the fibres will give the more fuller look to my brows. Without a doubt this will be in my makeup bag for the foreseeable future and save me a fortune.

Tell me what is your favourite brow product right now?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

MAC Star Violet & Antiqued Eyeshadow Review

I've really gotten into MAC eyeshadows and I really want to start building my own Pro Palette so I bought 2 new shades (MAC Star Violet and Antiqued) to help me on my way. I was really intrigued by the MAC x 9 palettes but I'm really wanting to make my own, in those x 9 palettes two shadows really had me drooling which are these two that I ordered from Brown Thomas. The shadow refills cost €10 compared to the €16.50 you would usually pay for the shadows in the individual pots.

Star Violet is a plumy pink with brown undertones, it has a lovely warmth to it with some plum shimmer. It blends beautifully and really brings out the colour in blue or green eyes. It's veluxe pearl finish but I found with a primer the metallic pearly finish is toned down so I tend to use this shade without and it will last all day.

Antiqued is another one that really brings out the colour in blue and green eyes and I'm obsessed with this shade. It's another veluxe pearl finish and once again the primer really tones it down so I use this shade without a primer. Also if anyone is wondering I'm using the Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base. Antiqued has a bronzed effect to it and in some lights some red tones come through. It has quickly become a favourite of mine.

Both shades are easy to blend and I don't get any fall out when applying so no complaints from me there. I do find that these two aren't as buttery as my Sable (frost finish) but it has made no difference to the application or wear time.

What shade do you recommend I put on my wishlist next?

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Eileen's Corner: Forever Living Aloe Activator & Mask Powder Review

I was recently sent some products from Forever Living to try. I received the Aloe Activator & Mask Powder (€32.00) which when combined together make a face mask. 

To make the mask it's one teaspoon of each product mixed together, the mask is then quite fluid and best applied with a brush. I used a foundation brush to apply a thin layer. 

Per the instructions I relaxed in a reclined position for 30 minutes and limited facial movement. So no chatting, eating or drinking anything. Hubby was delighted to have a bit of peace! So I used the opportunity to catch up on some TV. 

This mask is not the usual type of one I would use. I normally use masks that do not harden and sometimes leave them on overnight. However this one gets dry very quickly and feels very tight on the skin. If you move your face any bit it cracks hence why you are to limit facial movement. I'm not crazy about the tight feeling from it and honestly initially I looked forward to removing it.

After a half hour it felt great to put a warm flannel on my face and feel the mask soften, I gently removed the rest of it and splashed some warm water on my skin. 

Despite not liking the tightness of the mask I was delighted with how my skin felt after, my skin tends to be dehydrated and I have sensitive cheeks so the aloe vera certainly helps with that. My skin looked fresh and glowy. 

Also the Aloe Activator is a bit of a multi-purpose product, it can also be used as a cleanser or skin freshener. So you can put some on cotton pads to cleanse or what I did was soak some cotton pads with it and pop on my cheeks to soothe the redness. It also came in handy when I burnt my finger on a pot from the oven and cooled it down. 

If you are going to just use this product as a mask it will last quite a while as you only need a teaspoon of each every time. It is recommended to use it as mask 2-3 times a week. I found once a week was enough for my skin. You do get used to the tight feeling on your skin the more you use it. 

If you are like me and put on a face mask and just go about your evening instead of relaxing then this mask almost forces you to just take a bit of time for yourself and chill out, put on on some music, recline, close your eyes and just R-E-L-A-X and we all know how important it is to take sometime for ourselves when we can. 

Thanks to Corinne from Forever Living for the opportunity of trying out this mask. 

Until next time!  Eileen xx

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Yogandha Mind. Body. Therapy

Yogandha was founded in 2011 by Yoga teacher Sinead Duffy, who is now trying to help us boost our mojo with some wonderful products. How is this possible I hear you ask?! Well Yogandha launched the Mind Body Therapy range which is 100% natural and here to help us boost our bodies with aromatherapy oils. The range is designed to "Enhance, Lighten, and bring Balance to Life".

I was kindly sent two products to try out and after trying them both out the last couple of weeks I can say that I'm hooked on these products already. These products are great for those who practice Yoga but also non Yogis.

Yogandha Balance Rollerball (€19.95)

If you are in need of some balance while feeling hormonal or a little fidgety, then this is fab. It's like a perfume that when you put it on your pulse points, brings you back that calm that you need. The mix of essential oils are beautiful, with the divine jasmine and cypress aroma makes it calming and comforting. I have this on hand all the time and has become a handbag fixture for times when I need a bit of calm. I've been putting this on my pulse points as well as in the middle of my forehead and I love it. The glass vial is just so cute too, and sturdy (I know this because I dropped it when out and about and it didn't smash).

Yogandha Relax Body Oil (€29.95)

I've tried a lot of things in the past to help me relax at night due to the insomnia I suffer with and this has given me some of the deepest night's sleep on the nights that I've used it. With it's relaxing Lavender and then the Vetiver with it's soothing and calming and sedative qualities, this body oil has turned into a big winner with me. I use this liberally all over before bed and love it. My skin is left nourished because of the vitamin E and it feels luxurious on the skin. Also use this as a face oil at night and it's beautiful. Next, I'm going to try this in the bath! My favourite essential oil, Frankincense (which helps deep breathing and makes feel calm) is also in this heavenly bottle.

I also just want to mention that the outer packaging is really pretty which is 100% compostable and made from 100% recycled fibres!

Yogandha also support women around the world with 5% of profits going to women for women international

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Friday, 7 August 2015

July Favourites

It's that time again when I round up my favourites. I try to do this every two month and it was so hard this time around to keep it to these six products. These all really are my favourites and I have been using them constantly. 

1. Bourjois Aqua 12hr Blush (€10.49) a beautiful gel formula which packs a punch. It leaves your cheeks with a sheer glow that lasts the day. You will look so fresh! A little goes a long way as this is super pigmented and work it in quick with a stippling brush for a flawless finish.

2. Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon (€10.99) I love this purely for the colour and it's moisturising feel. It's sheer wash of orange colour and I've been loving orange lips lately and this is great for day time. My only downfall with this product is the taste and how it lingers if you happen to lick your lips!

3. MAC Steam Heat (€21.50) unfortunately this was limited edtion (sorry!). I really wanted to go out of my comfort zone for once with lipstick and bought the Steam Heat as I don't have many red lipsticks. This is also my first MAC lipstick! The most impressive thing is that it lasts for ages.

4. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Solution (€11.50 200ml) launched in Ireland in June, and I've been loving the brand but really loving the Sensibio solution. I have a full review already here.

5. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (€12.00 Travel size) was one I picked up after reading Makeup Monster's post on setting sprays and I'm so glad I did. This has such a refreshing feel and has a great fine mist but most importantly this makes my makeup last. I also find it really refreshing to use with it's cooling effect.

6. No7 Shimmer Palette (€17.50) in the shade Rose has been on my face everyday since I bought it. It has just been so lovely for the summer months and I have been adding this over over other blushes and using it as my eyeshadow too. I have a full review here for you all.

Tell me what you have been loving lately? Should I be adding your favourite to my wishlist?!
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