Saturday, 30 January 2016

How Long Until Payday?!

I thought I would do something a little different and show you some things I have come across on my hunt across the internet and also let you know what's new in the beauty world. Of course I can't just bring you beauty and have also included some wonderful items for you and the kids. I hope you enjoy this and if it is something you would like to see more often on the blog let me know in the comments section below. Happy shopping everyone!


Flormar Brush Cleanser (RRP €4.95).

 Take the chore out of brush hygiene with Flormar and clean your tools like a makeup artist pro. For under a €5 this would make a great budget cleanser for your brushes.


I've never tried anything from Youngblood but I was very interested seeing hydrating in the title of this Foundation. With my dry skin this could be really a good foundation and is suitable for all skin tones and is cruelty-free, talc-free and vegan.

The limited-edition Urban Decay/Gwen Stefani collection

Following on from the Eyeshadow Palette that has gotten great reviews, the collection has now extended to a Gwen Stefani Blush Palette (RRP €42) with 6 shades consisting of  blush, highlighter and bronzer. This would make a beautiful travel companion for the makeup bag. 
Also available now is the Gwen Stefani Lipsticks (RRP €21) with lineup of eight NEW shades includes our first-ever shade in a finish we’ve dubbed Mega Matte. Of course where with new lipsticks be without some new lipliners.... Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil (RRP €18). Finally to the collection is the Gwen Stefani Brow Box (RRP €25.50), I do love a great brow product but I am surprised there is only one shade to the collection but I think this would suit fair haired ladies.


The Happiness Planner 2016 (€54.95)

A different take on planning with The Happiness Planner. Designed to give more positivity, joy and happiness in your life and helping you apply positive thinking, mindfulness and self development. This could possibly be the ultimate planner to have! Available from Moss Cottage.

Q&A a Day Journal (€18.67)

The "Q&A a Day Journal "shows you what was going through your head each day for five years of your life. Simply turn to today's date, answer the question at the top of the page, and when you finish the journal, start over. Available from the Book Depository currently at the reduced price of €14.67 31/1/2016.


Q&A a Day for Kids (€16.75)

Well we can't have the adults having all the fun, why not let the kids have their very own Q&A a Day for Kids! This really would be a great one to look back on in three years time to see how the answers evolve over time. Also available from the Book Depository.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Bog Standard Linen Candle

So a couple of weeks ago myself and mum took a little venture into Meadows and Byrne and we came across Bog Standard. Out of the array of candles available, it was Bog Standard for some reason that really stood out. More than likely, it was the fresh, cute packaging

I'm a big fan of candles but I do find it hard to find fragrances that aren't overpowering or cause an allergy breakout. I chose the large candle in "Linen" for it's relaxing Lavender and Eucalyptus. I had a cold at the time and my asthma was playing up and the Eucalyptus really helped. I don't put candles in my room, but I brought this in to have by my bed (unlit) to get the soft scent and it worked a treat.

The candle burned evenly and none of the wax went to waste with it all burning. I had this burning everyday and I definitely got the 40 hours, if not more, out of it. The glass was such great quality that I ended up giving it a wash and upcycling it to a eyeliner holder! The candles are infused with fragrance which means it will keep it's scent right down to the very end and this I can attest to. At €16.95 this is a luxury candle made in Co. Down, and as you can tell I'm a huge huge fan!

Bog Standard

Monday, 18 January 2016

Powder 'n' Pout HD Buffer P230

A new year, a new brush for the collection thanks to Powder 'n' Pout. This was a welcome little addition and was sent to me to try out, so over the last month I've been putting this HD buffer to the test. 

The brush can be used on foundations, creams, and primers. It's a great little brush for stippling and buffing in your product. With a short handle I thought it might have been heavy handed using it but because the brush hairs are long and soft I don't get heavy with application. The brush flares out when buffing for ease and quick application which I love.

The products I use don't go deep into the brush but sit on the top just where I want it, so my product isn't going to waste deep inside the brush. The different hair lengths and soft duo fibre technology make  the difference here. It's very different to my other buffers as they are more densely compacted, but I'm preferring this lately as it doesn't aggravate the dry patches on my forehead when buffing in foundation.

I did notice that there was some shedding of the hairs at first but this can happen sometimes with new brushes, but after second wash (and it dries quickly) this wasn't an issue.

The range was created by Aisling Cunningham, a professional makeup artist with her own salon in Carndonagh, County Donegal. With her expertise and knowledge she has created an affordable, high quality makeup brush line for us all to enjoy. 

The HD Buffer is usually €19.00 but there is a special offer at the moment so you can pick this up for just €14.99

Check out Powder 'n' Pout 

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Beauty Favourites of 2015

Welcome to the first post of 2016 on the blog! 2015 was a great year for discovering some new and wonderful beauty products, so I thought it would be great to share the winners with you! I managed to get it down to my top 8 which is a miracle in itself.

The Wet n' Wild Coverall Foundation is my favourite of all the budget foundations I have tried. Coming in at under €5, this makes it a bargain in my eyes. The best bit? They have come out with a brand new lighter shade which suits my super pale skin perfectly. I have previously reviewed this before in the slightly darker shade which you can read here.

I've always struggled to find a suitable concealer for my under eyes, I've tried so many and they have always failed. Then I came across the NYX HD concealer (€7.49) and it's love. I go between shade 002 for a bright under eye look to make me look awake after a bad night sleep, and 003 for covering spots and also for covering the dark circles under my eyes. It doesn't crease and applies beautifully. These always sell out fast so I usually end up buying a few at a time to keep me going.

Having pale skin can make it hard to find a good contour colour that doesn't make your skin look muddy or orange. So discovering the NYX blush in Taupe was a fantastic find. It suits my skin brilliantly and can be built up for a stronger looking contour without pulling orange. Also NYX is a great affordable range and a brand that has firmly become a favourite of mine this year.

Meet theBalm Manizer Sisters! Earlier this year I discovered Cindy-Lou Manizer and loved it, so when I saw the palette with all 3 sisters I knew I need to try them all out, and I'm really happy with it. Mary-Lou is my favourite of all 3 a beautiful highlight for the top of the cheekbones. I love the formula, the application, the texture just everything! The palette was part of the Christmas collection but still available from Cloud10Beauty if you want to get your hands on it before it's too late. 

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer: Honey hued luminiser
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer: Peachy pink highlighter 
theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer: Shimmer bronzer

Stila "Eyes are the Window" Palette - Spirit. 12 amazing luxurious, blendable and fabulous shades. I love the packaging, it's compact, no crap brush to take up more room, and is my most used palette from the year. The highlight shade, Kitten, is fab for the inner corner of the eyes or for the top of the cheeks.

I have had the Mind palette from Stila on my wishlist for ages but it's always sold out, but the Mind one has all matte shades so I'll be keeping an eye out for it during 2016. The palette is around the €39 mark but I really think for the quality of the shadows and the packaging, it's well worth the splurge.

Okay I can see a trend happening here....another NYX product to make it into my beauty favourites of 2015. The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are so comfortable on the lips. They are reminiscent of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet but the NYX offering wins for being cheaper, wears better and more colours to choose from. 

I'm a palette addict and I'm very picky about what I look for in a palette. The Pippa For Blank Canvas Cosmetics is an overall winner for me since I got it. The more I use it the more I love it, and I always seem to be reaching for it if I need it for my travels. I do have my issues with the palette which you can read here from my full my review, but this palette keeps reeling me in and I can't get enough of it. With your eyeshadows, highlighter, blush and bronzer, it has everything you would want for an overall palette.

The cost of this Original Beauty Blender could makes me cry but it really is the best of the best I have tried. I currently need a new one as the old one was on it's last legs and Lillibug gave it to the cat to play with (yep, it was clawed to shreds in seconds). I love how my makeup looks when I use the blender, and so worth it for my dry skin as the application of foundation using this makes it easier and flawless. I also reviewed this during the year if you want to know more.

So tell me what were your beauty favourites from 2015?!

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