Thursday, 21 April 2016

theBalm Girls Lipstick Review: Anita Boytoy

I have been eyeing up products from theBalm for such a long time, and at last I've gotten to try one of their lipsticks. Now the wrong colour was picked up by accident (ahem yes I do wear glasses), but I thought this is the year for trying things out of my comfort zone. So meet theBalm Girls Lipstick in the shade "Anita Boytoy" (€15.50).

First of the packaging is gorgeous, with the sleek silver bullet and outer packaging showing us pinup Anita Boytoy with James Balm (My name's Balm, James Balm haha, I'll get my coat) it's hard to resist the vintage feel of the products from theBalm.

Now onto the lipstick itself. It has a vanilla mint fragrance that once applied will leave that tingling minty sensation on your lips. The shade itself was a shocker for me, it's a frosty pink shade that has plenty of shimmer that Barbie would be proud of. The shade pulls purplish on my lips and I noticed unfortunately that this seems to ages my lips. This shade is not for me. Pigmentation wasn't there on one swipe so two layers was best to get an even application.

I also noticed was that on first application when bought it felt rough when applied but after that I could feel the creaminess trying to come through. The wear time on this on average was about 3 hours for me and that was before I even had food or drink. 

I haven't given up hope with these lipsticks and I'd like to get Mia Moore next which is a blue toned red, without the frostiness to it. 

Have you tried any of the lip products from theBalm before? Let me know what you tried in the comments below.

*No PR sample contained within this post

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

New from IsaDora: Nourishing Lip Oil

Okay so we live in Ireland and the weather is crap and erratic, and thanks to that my lips have been in bits. I've been complaining a lot about it as they were getting really sore. I have some reliables in my stash for this, but here is one that really shone through and really made a difference. Meet the new IsaDora Nourishing Lip Oil that will be available nationwide from May. This was sent to me and I've been trying this out the last few weeks.

The new Nourishing Lip Oil from IsaDora is here to boost your lips with antioxidants, vitamins and omega 3. With a balmy texture this lasts on the lips and doesn't disappear in an instant. The gel like balmy formula is a little sticky, but really nice. It feels luxurious on the lips yet has all the benefits of an oil. It contains avocado oil to increase moisture and has the benefits of including Vitamin A, B, D and E. The oil penetrates further into the skin to increase collagen production. The sunflower oil is also moisturising, anti-aging and softening. The coconut oil is skin repairing and once again another ingredient to help with moisture.

The packaging is simple yet elegant with it's gold detailing and fits in any bag or clutch without taking up room. This is unscented but has a lovely flavour that is a blend of fresh lime, vanilla, and rosemary. I like the clear glossy finish it makes my lips look so healthy and shiny. This sits wonderfully on the lips and you can still feel hours later how much this worked. The slight stickiness might not be for everyone, but it's not overly sticky where clumps of hair are stuck to your lips!

The silicone type applicator is great for applying the gel-oil formula. This will be available in May from stores nationwide and retails at €10.95. This did pack a punch and has introduced me to the brand of IsaDora.

Let me know what your favourite IsaDora products are so I can check them out?!

*This post contains PR Sample

Monday, 18 April 2016

Urban Decay; Gwen Stefani Lipstick "Spiderweb"

At the beginning of this year there was massive excitement about the Urban Decay collaboration with Gwen Stefani. The eyeshadow palette was the first to arrive before Christmas, then followed by the blush palette, lipsticks, lipliners and Brow Box. I love Gwen Stefani, not only for her music but her style and how it has evolved over the years. She rocks a bold lip, and it explains why there were so many reds in this collection of lipsticks. The lipsticks include a mix of bright reds, purple and nude, six shades in total to choose from. I was drawn to "Spiderweb" after seeing Claire by Reverie talking about it on her blog and loved how it looked on the fab Claire.

At €21 these aren't cheap so I wanted this to perform and I wasn't let down at all. This is a beautiful satin red that glides on with no fuss and the lasting power is one of the best. It started to wear away after around 5 hours on me but it left a stain that was just as nice on my lips. The formula was really hydrating which is always great when it comes to a lipstick, but can usually be the downfall of a lipstick when you want longevity, but this held up really well. I've thin lips so sometimes I would have to clean up the edges with a bit of concealer after applying. 

I do love a red and this is one is a nice cool tone against my skin. I love the sheen that comes from this as well. The packaging looks great with it's gold and black, which came from Gwen Stefani's love of graphic bold prints and gold accents. However, to me the lipstick packaging felt a little cheap in my hand but is firmly made up by the formula of the lipstick itself.

I have my eye on Wonderland next because I just can't resist owning another red! I would definitely give this a big thumbs up. All six shades feature Pigment Infusion System™ that gives it the super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior colour dispersion.

*No pr samples contained within this post

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Lush: Luxury Bath Oil "MMMelting Marshmallow Moment"

Cocoon yourself in the sweet smell of Lush Luxury Bath Oil "MMMelting Marshmallow Moment", a solid oil that melts in your bath to give the ultimate relaxing moment. I never knew that Lush did bath oils, but I was all over this when I spotted it recently in Lush on Henry Street. 

The MMMelting Marchmallow Moment is sweet smelling but not overpowering or sickly. I felt truly relaxed in the bath and the oils that dispersed out in the bath from this was not like a layer over my body like other oils I've tried. It didn't do much colour wise to my bath, it made it look murky but I laid back in the bath and just shut everything out for an hour and I was daydreaming away to myself. This contains marshmallow powder (yeah I didn't know it came in powder from, I learn something new everyday) and it is supposed to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Two ticks from me there; one for the help with my muscle aches and swelling from the Fibromyalgia and two, the antibacterial will help with some broken skin on my legs from an infection had. It also contains Marigold Powder which is great for eczema, bites, and sunburn. So both the Marshmallow powder and Marigold powder leave your skin feeling really smooth, which was very noticeable after an hour out of the bath. I felt no need to put my usual body moisturiser on and still woke up with super soft skin.

The ingredients were all packed into this tiny little wonder, including extra virgin coconut oil, Almond oil, Cocoa Butter and Shea butter. As I said above this smells really sweet, it would remind you of candy floss, but unlike Snow Fairy I liked this scent a lot.

This was around €2.95 (I can't find my receipt, sorry!), but made a bigger impact than I expected. Even during the bath I didn't think much of it, it was after when I got out of the bath and the next day that I realised how much this moisturised my skin. I'd love to try more of the bath oils, so will have to pick up another one or two next time I'm up in Dublin.

*No PR samples are contained within this post

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Shiseido Masterclass with Danielle Mahon

I was recently invited to a Shiseido masterclass with award winning makeup artist Danielle Mahon. The setting was perfect with it the venue being in Town and Country Mercantile New Ross. The masterclass was to help raise funding for the New Ross Pantomime society and they were great fun to be had which added to the great atmosphere. Just a little bit about MUA Danielle Mahon; she is now the brand ambassador for Shiseido, but before that worked for MAC with which she worked for over 5 years. She is in the industry for over 10 years now and has a very contemporary feel to her work which I love. She also worked for Giorgio Armani at Brown Thomas, so she really has a wealth of experience behind her. Danielle also won Makeup Artist Of the Year 2016 from Weddings Online.

I not only wanted to learn loads of new makeup tips and tricks but to also find out more about Shiseido, a brand that I noticed but never got to experience. I can tell you that I could easily fall in love with this brand and their makeup. The cornerstone of this brand is all about taking western science and eastern wisdom. They stick with their eastern philosophy and to bring us a host of different ranges and lines within the brand.  Shiseido’s symbolic camellia logo was designed in 1915 by the company’s first president Shinzo Fukuhara. Also, Shiseido is one of the oldest cosmetic brands in the world, it began in 1872 as Japan's first western style pharmacy. So really after 140 years they really know how to bring the different aspects of culture and style to our makeup.

On the night we were treated to beverages and nibbles to get us started and then we were introduced to the brand that is Shiseido. What I really liked about the masterclass is that it's informative and interactive. We could ask anything we wanted and were greeted with a wealth of information from Danielle. She talked us through everything she was doing, from the way she applied the makeup, to how the products felt how they worked and who they suited. Some of the products were passed around so we could see for ourselves what they were like.

A few products really piqued my interested on the night which were the concealer pens, the mascara, and the eyeshadow shimmer pots. I have being trying out some of the lipsticks lately and I really like them a lot so will have a review coming soon about that. I've also tried Shiseido's Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye masks before which I love. If you can get to any of the masterclasses taking place I would highly recommend you go, I would go again. Shiseido have so much to offer from cosmetics, skincare, suncare, fragrances, and haircare, some of which I didn't know about.

After seeing two different makeup looks on the night we got the chance to look around and chat to everyone. I was delighted to finally meet Aileen who was also one of the models for the night (pictured below) you can find her blog over at Olivia's Mother Blog, I met Lisa from Cuddles and Contouring and Lisa from Lisa's Wedding World. I was also delighted to catch up with the lovely Erin from Chasing Ruby Chat who I've met before. I'd highly recommend you head over and check out all those blogs, you really won't be disappointed.

The ticket for the masterclass was €15 and there was a raffle on the night and everyone got to go home with a gorgeous goodie bag. All proceeds went to the New Ross Pantomime Society, and €900 was raised!

Check out Shiseido's Facebook page for information on masterclasses that are coming up. Let me know if you have tried Shiseido products before, I'd love to know what you would recommend.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

L'ORÉAL Elvive Extraordinary Clay: Clay to Spray Dry Shampoo

I got really excited when I heard about L'Oreal's Extraordinary Clay range, especially the Clay-To-Spray Dry Shampoo (€5.99). With three refined clays to help combat the problem of oily roots and dry ends, I thought this is ideal for me and my hair. I do love a good dry shampoo, with Batiste and COLab usually being my go to's but they can make my ends even drier, so I'm thinking I could be onto a winner with L'Oreal.

The packaging stands out with it's sleek light green shade. Handy size of 150ml so easy for travelling with in the handbag. The nozzle was the first issue I ran into, it broke on the second go and had to go buy another, and I'm disappointed to say the second one broke on the fifth time of trying it. It smells fresh to begin with but I could also get that hint of aerosol that you get from these cans and this smell started to bug me after awhile. Now in fairness that could be just me; I'm not a huge fan of aerosol cans and only use dry shampoos really in this form. I just can't stand that smell you get from them. I hope you all know what I'm talking about or maybe I need my head checked!

L'Oréal claim that this dry shampoo will lift your hair and give volume. Nope, not with me. My hair looked flat as a pancake. They also claim that it will keep your hair fresher for longer in between washes. You spray this in, leave for 2 mins, and then lightly brush but I saw no results at all. I do have the type of hair that needs to be washed everyday. I try my best not to do this so not to strip the oils so I find dry shampoo's the perfect go to for second day hair, but this was a lost cause for me. The product just disappeared on my hair leaving no residue which, in turn (in my head anyway), made me think there was nothing there to help soak up the oils in the first place.

It's being a long while since I tried something that failed so badly for me, but let me know if you tried it and worked?!

*no pr sample contained within this post
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