Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Flawless Wonder Brush Review

I've heard a lot about the Flawless Wonder Brush and other brushes of this type lately and all have been surrounded with great reviews. When I spotted the Flawless Wonder Brush recently in our local chemist I thought "this is great" and I parted with my €13.99. 

The brush have a curved handle possibly for ease of use but felt very flimsy in the hand. The head of the brush is oval (most of us think "toothbrush") and the bristles extremely dense (uncomfortably so). The brush can be used for liquid, creams, and powders and I gave all of them a go with this brush. So after a month (if not more) of really trying to get to grips with this brush I am no better off. 

The brush is so dense it can feel scratchy on the most sensitive of places on my skin i.e the top of my cheekbones and the bristles do not seem to budge so doesn't move with the product (if you can catch my drift at all). Another downside to this brush is how long it takes to apply the products and buff in as the brush is just too small. I'm a big fan of flat top Kabuki brushes and they get the job done effortlessly and in quick time.

The application of the products, either cream or liquid did not bode well with me. The products was dragged across my face even though I would make sure not to miss buffing a single bit, I was still left with the product moving from one side to the other leaving me with patchy foundation. I moved on to trying this with contouring only to find it just would not blend out any harsh lines that I had. I got very frustrated with this brush and I've now given up on it.

This brush has been compared to the O! Wow Brush by Cailyn and even though I haven't tried it, I have seen it up close and the bristles do have movement in it compared to this. I ended up not buying it as I don't think these oval shaped brushes are for me. I think this has got to be the most disappointing review of a product I have ever done but this was my experience using it. If you think you can master the technique it takes to use this and have the patience then this could definitely be for you. I've also decided not to let this brush hit the bin either after reading Blather and the Beauty blog 3 alternatives ways to use it, so definitely worth checking that out everyone!

Let me know if you have used this and how you got on, or if you are considering taking the plunge to buy?

*No PR Samples contained within this post.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Shiseido Expert Sun Protection Lotion SPF50+

As promised I'm here with a review of the Shiseido Expert Sun Protection Lotion SPF50+ (€37). I posted this on Instagram and hoped to get the review up sooner, but alas that didn't happen, but I'm here now! So, the sunny weather finally made an appearance and then quickly disappeared in Ireland, finding this in the postbox from Shiseido's PR was welcomed as I pray for more sun.

Shiseido's Wetforce Technology (€36) is what is the winning bonus with this sunscreen. The technology comes into play when the sunscreen is applied and then exposed to water for 15 mins or perspiration for 30mins! It's perfect for children, and anyone who is exposed to water or outdoors either through leisure or work. It applies easily but does leave a dry type feeling on the skin especially on the face so would be better for oilier skin types. There is a slight fragrance to it which is no stronger than the typical sunscreen smell, but but at least it didn't irritate either Lillibug's sensitive skin or mine.

One thing definitely to consider is the white cast this leaves behind on your skin, this does fade over time of wear but never completely leaves. If you are wearing makeup then you don't have to worry about the white cast. For me this is perfect for the beach and makes me less worried about Lillibug when she is playing in the water as she is as pale as me and I burn easily!

The WetForce technology has a UV scattering agent when in contact with water, while also maintaining its protection against UV rays. The technology changes its properties so that it interacts with soapy water making it easy for the sunscreen to wash off.

Shiseido started researching UV protection in 1915 and brought the first sunscreen to the Japanese market in 1923. In 2012 they created  SuperVeil-UV 360 a UV technology that gives high protection and the smoothest of applications which helps get the sunscreen on every part of your body.

It's an ideal sunscreen for the family to bring with them to the beach and the flip top bottle is just as handy. This isn't the cheapest of sunscreens but the WetForce technology really makes this a winner (just don't forget to reapply) and great for kids.

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*This post contains a PR sample

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Créme & H2O Review

I'm back again and this time with a favourite brand of mine; Bioderma! Bioderma have just celebrated 1 year of being in Ireland and after all those of years of asking our friends to bring back our Bioderma favorites from France, it has being exciting to have it at our fingertips now in Ireland. The latest launch in Ireland is the Hydrabio range, formulated especially for dehydrated and sensitive skin.

The only micellar water I've used for the last year is Bioderma's Sensibio H2O it's a firm favourite and always on my top shelf. So now for those of us who have sensitive and dehydrated skin Bioderma Hydrabio H20 (RRP €11.50 250ml) is going to be perfect. At first I didn't see much of a difference between the two, until I got my mum to try it. My mum has the most sensitive skin of anyone I"ve ever met and is allergic to a lot of skincare products but this she could use. My mum didn't get on as well with the original one but for her sensitive skin the Hydrabio is the way to go, and her skin didn't feel tight or dry after.  I found this to be gentler around my eyes so that was a big bonus and a big thumbs up!

I also got to trial the Hydrabio Gel-Crème (40ml RRP €18.50) a light and moisturising gel cream that leaves your skin silky smooth. This feels like it is aimed more for normal to combination skin and locks in the moisture for the whole day. It feels very refreshing to use due the consistency of the gel. At first you will be left with a tacky feel after use as this needs a tiny bit of time to sink in, but because of the glycerin it makes a fantastic base for your makeup, and helps make it last. The tube packaging is brilliant for travel and doesn't take up much room and no fear of it breaking. It also has a tube dispenser so no need to be opening up your product to the air and you can take as many pumps as you need out without worry. Heads up though, this does have a fragrance to it which I find unusual for a product aimed at sensitive skin, so it's something to keep in mind when considering this. I didn't have any issues in that regard and the scent doesn't linger.

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*This post contains PR samples

Monday, 6 June 2016

LANCÔME Grandiôse Mascara Review

When looking for a mascara I like fanned out lashes that give me a wide eyed effect, black and curled lashes also are a must. I find it really hard to find a mascara that offers all that to me, so I decided to try out the LANCÔME Grandiôse Mascara and put it the test. At €31 this does not come cheap so I had very high expectation.

The packaging is just stunning where you can see the black rose through the top of the transparent wand. The formula to me is not too wet but more of a creamy texture which in turn can kind of make your lashes feel a little bit on the clumpy side. However I found that the mascara didn't flake at all during wear time. I also didn't get any smudging but I know that a friend of mine said this was a problem she had with it.

What makes this mascara stand out is the "Swan-Neck" wand, a first of it's kind on the market (unless like me you tend to put a bend in your mascara wand)! I found it easy to use without my face making contortions while applying it. The curve in the wand, depending on what way you use it (takes practice) will enhance your lashes, wing your lashes, and define your lashes by either using the curve facing up or down.

The bristles which remind me of thorns are rubber and I think if the bristles were just a little bit longer my lashes would get a little bit more length. But at least I can get into every corner of my lashes and get from root to tip with the mascara without poking myself and crying.

The formula is quick drying, super black and it contains rose-cell extract to make your lashes feel soft and supple. I really love the mascara, I love using it, I love the packaging and the formula. It suits my lashes and what I'm looking for and it doesn't budge. 

*No PR samples contained within this post.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Johnstown Castle on a Summer's Day

After what seemed like a very long winter here in Ireland, the sun has finally come out to greet us this last week. The temperatures have been soaring and the summer clothes have finally made it out of the back of the wardrobes. With a spring in our step we high tailed it to the beautiful picturesque spot of Johnstown Castle on a summer's day. 

Our intention was to just go for an hour but you get sucked into all the nooks and crannys of the estate. The 19th century Castle was designed by Daniel Robertson, a British Architect who moved to Ireland. He also designed the gardens of Wells House which is also in Wexford.  The ornamental gardens of Johnstown Castle are stunning from every angle, a natural playground for adults and children alike. The castle makes a stunning backdrop to the surrounding gardens (the castle however is closed to visitors).

The ownership has changed hands many times over the centuries, first owned by the Esmondes who were a Norman family who settled in Wexford in the 1170s. I think it was in 1945 that Maurice Victor Lakin presented Johnstown Castle estate as a gift to the Nation. Teagasc, the Agricultural and Food Development Authority, is the owner of the Johnstown Castle estate and has a research facility on site.

The grounds of Johnstown Castle also houses the Irish Agricultural Museum. There you will be able to learn all about Agricultural life from the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century and see everything from transport, tractors, history of the estate, history of the famine and much more.

If you forgot to pack your picnic don't worry you can pop into the Peacock Tea rooms where you will be greeted by the friendliest of staff. Of course I couldn't say no to a slice of biscuit cake when we popped in!

Lillibug had a great time and absolutely loved the Peacocks that we came across, especially the one above as she was fascinated with the way the train (tail) fanned up and had eyes! She got to feed them with birdseed that was available for €1 in the giftshop.

The estate, tea rooms and museum are all wheelchair and buggy friendly. It's a perfect day out for the whole family. Bring the bikes and football for the kids, even bring the dog along (must be kept on a lead).

A little bit of trivia: During World War I when German U-Boats were active off Wexford's coastline, Zeppelins were brought in to deal with the problem? The Zeppelins were based in Johnstown Castle during that time.

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