Monday, 14 November 2016

Review: Showers with Roger & Gallet

When it comes to Showers by Roger & Gallet (€9.90), think invigorating, cleansing, and hydrating. This is a lovely range of shower gels and creams, and I've gotten to try out the Gingembre Rouge energising gel. Thankfully, it's a hit in our shower!

I haven't tried anything from Roger & Gallet in years and I was a huge fan, so this was great to try out and start to get to know the brand again. I was excited about the fragrance of ginger in this, but it's not overpowering and is very subtle with the mandarin and pomegranate added in. It's a very delicate scent but uplifting at the same time. The shower gel is suitable for drier skin (like my own) and the gel lathers up really well to create a great foam.

The shower gel also has glycerin, coco betaine (derived from coconut oil), and aloe vera to help soften and moisturise the skin without the use of sulphates, parabens, colourants and soap. These colourful shower gels also have a flexible tube wich makes life so much easier in the shower and also makes sure that you get every last drop.

I won't be passing the Roger & Gallet stand without stopping to check another one of the shower gels out.

There are four gels and two creams that you can choose from and they are available from Marks and Spencer Beauty Halls and Independent Pharmacies.

*This post contains PR samples. Not Sponsored 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

BRYT Skincare - Botanical Beauty

BRYT Skincare has arrived in Ireland this Autumn, and I've had the opportunity to test out two of their products (which their PR company sent me) the last five weeks. I have been very much drawn towards the brand since I first spotted them across the pond in the UK over a year ago and delighted now to finally see it available here. Aimed at BRYT Young Things (16-25) but also aimed at all skin types and ages. You can't help but notice the bright, and fun packaging.

The BRYT philosophy is built on a holistic approach and merging it together with a healthy regime of eating, sleeping, exercising sensibly, and drinking plenty of water - all of which are mantras on the packaging as you open them up. As the creator of BRYT Skincare Catkin Wemyss-Bodmer said: "Skin needs to be fed and hydrated, just like our bodies". All of the products are free from sulphates, and chemical nasties. They do not test on animals or do business where animal testing is allowed. So, let's get on to the products.....

I'll put my hands up, I'm not a fan of foaming cleansers at all but I have to say the BRYT Cleanse Foaming Facial Cleanser (€20.95) was a surprise for me and I'll tell you why. Usually, foaming cleansers make my dry skin feel extremely tight and irritated as if I stripped all the goodness out of my skin which is why I intend to avoid these, but I dove in just for you so I could tell you if this was good or bad. This is GOOD, it gives a really good lather and it felt really gentle on my skin. It took away all the dirt and grime leaving my skin lovely and clean. This also comes with a muslin cloth which I have many of but really appreciated the elasticated cuff on it. This is suitable for all skin types and it got a thumbs up from my sensitive skin. It contains natural apple extract which is good for dull, ageing or oily skin and creates a soft and gentle foam. It also has essential oils of bergamot, mandarin, orange, rose absolute, mimosa and sandalwood. It contains extracts of Olive and Aloe Vera to help soothe and soften your skin.

The BRYT Calm Serum (€24.50) is aimed at combination to oily skin and at the moment mine is dry to normal and as the colder weather rolls in it will get more dry so I'll be looking to pick up the Nourish Serum soon. However, I really got on well with this serum and definitely a great serum to start with for younger skin if on the oily side. This aims to regulate and normalise skin and bring it back to natural equilibrium. The light feeling serum which has some tackiness to it when applying, sunk into my skin very quickly making it ready in seconds for my moisturiser to go on top and left a great base for when my makeup went on after. BRYT have four serums to choose from so there is one to suit any skin type within this range. The Calm serum contains skin-balancing active botanical ingredients including Watercress and Nettle, and moisturising Kalahari Oil ,and English camomile.

All of BRYT Skincare contains their Advanced Phytoscience System (APS) which is a formulation using superfruits found in Australian which include wild plums Kakadu, Burdekin and Illawarra. These help protect your skin from free radicals, the environment, and help protect, detoxify and exfoliate your skin. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

BRYT Skincare is available from Beauty Boutique, selected pharmacies, and Shaws nationwide. Another bonus is all these products are under €30.

Will you be trying out this new range to help Cleanse, Nourish, and Protect your skin?

*This post contains PR samples. Not Sponsored 

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Have a Crackin' Christmas with these Beauty Crackers for 2016

I've recently talked about the Beauty Advent Calendars and how they've become very popular over the last few years, but let's be honest they can be too much for our wallets to take. So if you are still looking for a more affordable Christmas treat, I think Christmas Beauty Crackers are a great idea for yourself, a friend or colleague. Mum and I have gotten a set of beauty crackers the last two years and I think now it's becoming a bit of a tradition for us which I love. I've gone on the hunt and these are just some of which really caught my eye. As with the beauty calendar post, I will update if anymore catch my eye so don't forget to drop back and check in.

this works Sleep Spell Xmas €13 (Pillow Spray 10ml)

this works Sleep Spell Xmas €13 (Pillow Spray 10ml)

I've recently talked about this works pillow spray on my social channels and it's something I use regularly to help me towards a more calming night sleep. You get a mini travel size version in this cracker, which I have no doubt will help towards a good night sleep over the busy Christmas period. Available from Avoca, Seagreen, Red Earth, and select pharmacies nationwide.

No7 Gifts for the Girls Cracker Collection €19
No7 Gifts for the Girls Cracker Collection

No7 has your festive treats sorted with 4 beauty crackers. Each cracker contains a full-size No7 Nail Colour to get fingers looking festive or a No7 Lovely Lips Tinted Lip Balm. So you can share these with your friends or keep them all for yourself! Available from Boots now.

Sanctuary Surprise & Enjoy €13
Sanctuary Surprise & Enjoy

I love Sanctuary products and these crackers are on my radar this year for mum and I as she is a big fan too. These crackers also contain my favourite White Lily & Damask Rose wash and lotion and one I haven't tried before Green Lemon & Orange Blossom. They come in 75ml bottles so handy for travel.



Surprise someone with a cracker in their stocking this year from Soap & Glory! You get 6 crackers to share here so you will be pampered from head to foot. All travel sized items, so not only is it good for the suitcase it's also good for anyone that wants to try out the brand if you haven't already. Who can resist the pretty packaging?!

Essie Crack'a'Colour Christmas Gift Set €26

Essie Crack'a'Colour Christmas Gift Set

Essie winter favourites all in one cracker, so I don't blame you for not sharing. I love Essie nail polishes and I'm sure any nail addict would love to find this in their stocking for Christmas. I can see one of my favourite shades Fiji in their and the lovely glitter polish A Cut Above too. 

Cowshed Cracker €13.33
Cowshed Cracker

I was perusing the Asos website when I came across this cracker from Cowshed, it's a brand I haven't tried anything from so this would be right up my street to try out. Included is Lippy Cow lip balm and Cow slip soothing hand cream. Available from Asos.

Kellogg's Bubble Bath Crackers €10.65
Kellogg's Bubble Bath Crackers

Ah Kellogg's and Santa equals the story that was my Christmas lie, you can read all about that here and have a laugh and also realise why I had to add these crackers in. You get 4 bubble baths with the Christmas cranberry scent sounding very nice. Available from Asos, and the packaging is a winner in my eyes.

Vintage & Co Cracker Gift Set €16
Vintage & Co Cracker Gift Set

Very pretty packaging that I just love even if it doesn't scream Christmas. You get 5 crackers with a mix of bath and skincare products share with your friends and family and pop in the stockings. Also available from Asos now.

Caudalie Body Essentials Christmas Cracker & Caudalie Hydration Christmas Cracker  €10.95 
Caudalie Body Essentials Christmas Cracker
 Caudalie Hydration Christmas Cracker
 Caudalie the natural French skincare brand that contains no parabens have brought two crackers to us for the festive season. One containing their body essentials and the other is all about hydrating your skin (definitely needed for me around Christmas time). These are available from Arnotts.

Bulldog Moisturising Cracker Gift Set €13.33
Bulldog Moisturising Cracker Gift Set

Just so the men don't feel left out in this post if they aren't into the above, I've found a cracker from a brand my husband likes. This contains Bulldog Original Moisturiser (100ml). I was thrown off when I saw Gift Set and expected more than one item in it, but it will still make the men in our lives know that we didn't forget them when we started cracking open our own beauty crackers!

Will you share or keep theses crackers to yourself?

*No PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored. 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Etude House: Missing U! Hand Cream Fairy Penguin

If you love all things cute and adorable (especially when it comes to makeup and skincare) then you may have already come across the South Korean brand Etude House. I managed to pick one of their Missing U Hand Creams called Fairy Penguin. Etude House was initially established in 1985 and still going strong. They based their name on Frederic Chopin's studies of the piano, with Étude meaning Study in French. Études are technically composed pieces to the help perfect your musical skill or for example, some pieces are written to help strengthen the fingers in the right hand. Maybe Etude House is trying to bring the study of skin care and makeup into their products which in turn give us affordable yet fantastic items. I'm waffling now as I think back to my days of playing the piano. So on with the review....
Etude House: Missing U! Hand Cream Fairy Penguin

You can't help but stop when you see these kawaii products starting to pop up on our social media feeds, and these hand creams are super adorable and cute. You get 30ml of product which is very small indeed, so I can't see it lasting long. The hand creams come in four different scents, with the Fairy Penguin smelling of baby powder. The smell is lovely but put too much on and it can be a little annoying. It doesn't leave a greasy residue and it's not a heavy cream at all so if like me, you suffer from dry hands this is not going to suit you at all and you may want to find something richer. I can't use this alone to keep the dry and chapped skin at bay, but for fun and for the smell it leaves on my hands during the day I do like it.

Etude House: Missing U! Hand Cream Fairy Penguin

It contains herbs, shea butter and olive oil which are very much a fair bit down on the ingredients lists. I mentioned earlier that there are four to choose from:
 Fairy Penguin - baby powder scent, 
Harp Seal - green tea scent, 
Panda - peach scent
Dolphin - peony scent

Etude House: Missing U! Hand Cream

You can see the cotton plant on the tummy of the penguin which is a really nice touch and overall the packaging is fantastically detailed. 

There is also a story on the side of the box  about the Fairy Penguin and lets you know where our little friend is from. This is part of Etude House Missing U project to help bring awareness of animals that are endangered or becoming extinct with profits going to animal protection societies.

*No PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored. 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

IsaDora Christmas 2016

Yes, I'm back with more Christmas delights this time with IsaDora Christmas Gift Sets, because I know how enthusiastic you all are and may want to have a heads up on these things! The Swedish brand born in 1983 will have you set for the party season with these wonderful gift sets or these would make a wonderful gift for any makeup lover.

IsaDora Big Bold Mascara & Twin Tip Eyeliner €15.95

IsaDora Big Bold Mascara & Twin Tip Eyeliner

This first set contains IsaDora Big Bold Mascara which has a fibre brush with two different size bristles (short & long) to give extra volume. This could be the perfect carbon black mascara for big impact during the party season ahead. It's also water-resistant and safe to wear for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. 

The IsaDora Twin Tip Eyeliner is a paddle shaped tip that has two sides to it, so you have the versatility a thin line or a broad thicker line. This is quick-drying, smudge proof and waterproof.

IsaDora Face Sculptor in Warm Peach & Blush Brush €25.50

IsaDora Face Sculptor in Warm Peach & Blush Brush

 The IsaDora Face Sculptor is a firm favourite among bloggers since its release and this lovely box set is beautiful. This gift set contains the warm peach shade and comes with a blush brush. The trios are perfect as they contain your bronzer, blush, and highlighter, and each shade compliments the other to give a seamless effect to your face.

IsaDora Face Sculptor Strobing & Blush Brush €25.50

IsaDora Face Sculptor Strobing & Blush Brush

I love nothing more than illuminating my face to bring back the glow to my dry skin. This contains three highlighters with sheer iridescent shades. Use individually or swirl them altogether. I believe this set is in the shade Cool Glow which is perfect for pale skin and the set has a brush for applying. Also, I'm liking these boxed sets they really are a perfect gift.

IsaDora is available from Shaws Department stores nationwide and pharmacies nationwide.

*No PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

The countdown begins for our visit back to the fictional town of Stars Hollow! We'll get to see our favourite characters all over again who will no doubt entertain us once more with their usual fast paced hilarious dialogue and plenty of pop culture references. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life hits Netflix on the 25th of November with four 90 minute episodes based on the four seasons starting with Winter.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life WinterGilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Spring

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life SummerGilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Fall

The show picks up nine years on from when we last saw Lorelai and Rory and it's going to be really interesting to see how their lives have turned out or what problems they now face. I loved the series the first time around and I rewatched all the episodes on Netflix over the summer so I'm really looking forward to this!

What was your favourite Gilmore Girls moment from the series so far? Let me know in the comments below.

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*Disclaimer: I'm 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........

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Instagram: Week 3 in Pictures

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend whatever you may have gotten up to. We had a quiet enough weekend, especially as I'm still on an antibiotic so that's making me feel off still. I had more pictures up this week on Instagram so it's that time of the week when I give you the run down, I hope you enjoy.

Lilliwhiterose Instagram

Ahh my most used and loved shadows are these gorgeous Wet n Wild trios. They are perfectly put together so if I'm ever going anywhere they are perfect for a very small makeup bag or just to pop into my handbag. The pigmentation is brilliant for the very small and affordable pricing and they last! I'm a self-confessed palette addict but sometimes it's easier and quicker to delve into the trios rather than spend time working out what shades work best in an 18 pan palette.

Lilliwhiterose: Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trios

I think this would have to be my favourite picture from the week. I love the vintage vibe from my Charlotte Bronte notebook along with my Sass & Belle heart trinket box. I wanted to share my autumn makeup favourites which you can read all about here, which included the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow palette, the Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipstick, and my Ciaté nail polish.

Lilliwhiterose: Autumn Makeup Favourites

Troll dolls, who could resist collecting them back in the 80's & 90's?! I couldn't I absolutely loved them. They are getting a revival again now with the release of DreamWorks Trolls on the 21st of October. I also shared with you how the dolls came to their beginnings in 1959 which Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam created. He couldn't afford a Christmas gift for his little girl Lila and carved the doll from his imagination. The other kids in the village all wanted one and that's how troll dolls were born.

Retro Troll Dolls

So as I mentioned I haven't been too well over the past two weeks, well my skin was feeling a little worse for wear last night because of it all and I tried out the Sephora Lingzhi Sleeping Mask. It worked so well for me and I woke up with smoother and tighter skin this morning. I really liked that it soaked well into my skin and my face wasn't left stuck to my pillow last night as well. I'm also rereading Gone with the Wind, a favourite book, and movie of mine.

Sephora Lingzhi Sleeping Mask & Gone with the Wind

Sunday night is mask night for me, and I love these handy little mask pods that I've collected (which are slowly running out). I'm going to use the last of the Sephora sleeping mask because there was enough left over for another application and I don't want it to go to waste. I'm a big fan of the Nugg Beauty masks too which are available from Meagher's Pharmacy for €3.95 each.

Mask Pods

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week ahead.

*No PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored. 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Beauty Advent Calendars 2016

Oh I know, it's not even Halloween and here I am talking about beauty advent calendars for 2016! Now is the time to check these out though as some are available right now, and others are due to go on sale any day and tend to sell out fast so get those fingers ready at the laptops. I thought I'd pick out a few that caught my eye. The beauty advent calendars are getting more and more popular each year for the beauty enthusiast and come in all shapes, sizes and prices. So here are a few I've come across that might be of interest if the traditional chocolate filled calendar isn't enough this year! Also, I will be updating this as I come across new calendars so make sure to come back and check this post out.

Kiehl's X Jeremyville Limited Edition Advent Calendar €115
Kiehl's X Jeremyville Limited Edition Advent Calendar

I love the retro look of the Kiehl's advent calendar. It has been designed by Brooklyn-based artist, who's work is thought provoking and easily recognisable. The Kiehl's advent calendar has some of it's best products included behind these windows. Included are two full-size products and 22 deluxe sized. The price is €115 and is available from Arnotts.

The Body Shop, Advent Calendar €99

The Body Shop, Advent Calendar €99

The Body Shop have put three calendars out this year all with little boxes as the windows. Every year these are beautiful and very much a luxury calendar to receive or give. I do however have one issue with all of these calendars and that's the pricing in Euro compared to the sterling pricing. I'd buy from the UK website and pay the parcel motel fee if I really wanted one of these. You will find some of The Body Shop's classics in this beauty.

The Body Shop, Deluxe Advent Calendar €135The Body Shop, Deluxe Advent Calendar €135

Can you Imagine the fun of opening these up for 24 days?! You will find some gems in here from Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream and Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Sleeping Cream.

The Body Shop, Ultimate Advent Calendar €160

The Body Shop, Ultimate Advent Calendar €160

Go all out with the ultimate calendar from The Body Shop! This is overloaded with skincare, body care, makeup and accessories to make any fan of their products have a very Merry Christmas. Which would you choose out of the three?

NYX: Wanderlust Envie De Voyager €85
NYX: Wanderlust Envie De Voyager €85

Looks nothing like Christmas, but never the less it is a stunning calendar inside and out. I'd keep my eyes peeled for this one if you are a huge fan of NYX like me. It will include eyeshadow minis and their soft matte lip creams. So I'm hoping this will be available from Boots very soon.

Clarins: Advent Calendar €110.00
Clarins: Advent Calendar €110.00

Clarins have brought to you a big calendar of their hero products. They have also included some cookie cutters and accessories behind the windows to break it up, so definitely makes the surprise even more exciting! Available now on the Boots website!

Charlotte Tilbury: World of Legendary Parties €162.50
Charlotte Tilbury: World of Legendary Parties

Super expensive but super luxurious the Charlotte Tilbury 12 day countdown is full of award winning products. It will have a mix of makeup and skincare and an exclusive Pocket Pout in the shade Jessica which looks like a very lovely red for the Christmas Season. Cheaper also by the looks of it to buy direct from the Charlotte Tilbury website.

Aldi: Cuvée Advent Calendar €29.99
Aldi Cuvée Advent Calendar

Aldi introduced their very own calendar this year at a nice price too. Better be quick as these are limited to two per person and go on sale Sunday 9th of October! This is perfect for those who love skin care with a special luxury treatment every sixth day behind a window.

ASOS: The Beauty Calendar €66.76
ASOS: The Beauty Calendar €66.76

This is the least festive looking out of all the beauty calendars leaving me but would still make a lovely gift for any makeup addict. It has a mix of skincare, haircare, and makeup. This one comes in at €66.76 contents worth £175. Available with free delivery here.

No7: Bright Lights Big City Beauty Calendar €54
No7: Bright Lights Big City Beauty Calendar €54

You need to join the waiting list for this one to find out when it will be available here, but I'm sure this wouldn't disappoint. This will come with 3 limited edition makeup brushes to and the total worth of the calendar is €212.29.

Ciaté: Mani Month Advent Calendar €72 
Ciaté: Mani Month Advent Calendar €72

We can't forget the nail lovers out there either (including me). This looks so pretty and spotted this on the Littlewoods website. I'm a huge fan of Ciaté and with 18 mini pots included, 1 full size, exclusive colours, and limited edition surprise, this is very much a winning contender for anyone who is obsessed with their nail polishes and available now.

L'Occitane: Advent Calendar €56
L'Occitane: Advent Calendar €56

 L'Occitane is my favourite for the festive scene with their advent calendar! It's worth €100 and jam packed with their best selling products. I got their calendar last year and even though there were a few duds which were a cookie cutter and decoration I really thought it was worth it and I even kept the box on display in my room after.  I think you would need to move fast for this one before it's sold out on their website! It's one not to be missed.

LookFantastic: Advent Calendar €89.95 
LookFantastic: Advent Calendar €89.95
Update 14-11-2016 SOLD OUT
This is the very one that has me totally intrigued and lusting over! The surprise hasn't been given away to the contents of the box which I think is brilliant. It's worth over a whopping £300 and looks very luxurious with its rose gold detailing. Check out the website to pre-order.

Will you be treating yourself this year to a beauty calendar? I have a feeling there could be a part two to this post as this year so many brands are now offering them. If you would like to see more let me know in the comments below.

*No PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored. 
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