Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dublin Herbalists 5 Step Facial Collection at the Kilkenny Shop

A few weeks ago I came across the "Wellness" section of Kilkenny Shop and thought it was a fantastic idea. They have everything from candles, skincare, books, from wonderful Irish brands. I was sent this lovely Dublin Herbalist set from Kilkenny Shop to celebrate! The Kilkenny shop has really brought together a great selection to the Wellness department with a range of natural skincare, and beauty products to which help towards feeding and nourishing the skin and help towards your well-being.

Dublin Herbalists 5 Step Facial Collection

The Dublin Herbalists is one of the Irish brands found in the Wellness department, and I can see why. With carefully sourced ingredients and use of natural oils, your skin is being fed only the best. I found using the 5 steps a very relaxing experience and one that I really spent time in enjoying.

Dublin Herbalists 5 Step Facial Collection

The set contains an Every Day Cleansing gel, that unblocks pores, removes dirt, and makeup. It contains jojoba oil which is a natural moisturising property. 

Exfoliating Cleansing Gel that looks so good that you would want to eat it! This was lovely and gentle on my skin so I could use it every day if I wanted to. 

Restorative Gel Face Mask felt very refreshing and soothing on my skin and I loved leaving it on for a full hour to really get the full effect. The lavender wasn't overpowering and the results were great, my skin felt renewed, to be honest.

Dublin Herbalists 5 Step Facial Collection

You will also get a Refreshing Facial Toner that lifts, tones, and brightens your skin and it absorbed really fast. You apply by spraying on to a cotton pad and then sweep across your face.

The Rejuvenating Face Cream is a lovely addition to the set, which felt thick at first but after five minutes of this sinking in my skin feels great.

Dublin Herbalists 5 Step Facial Collection

Overall using the 5 step facial really made me feel like I had my own spa at home and gave me some time out from the rushing around. The products are beautifully presented in little jars (they remind me of jam jars), they smell and look edible too and you wouldn't think twice if you saw these in a kitchen. The textures of each product feel rich but also feel like they would suit any skin type. I don't often find products that suit all but I really felt that with these. The set gives you a taster of what you can get from the Dublin Herbalists and without a doubt, this set will be making its way into a shopping basket either for me or as a gift for someone. The set will provide you with roughly 6 complete facials.

Wellness comes in many different forms, it depends on what the person needs, it may not mean you are free from illness but it goes beyond that. It can be the littlest of things that bring a positive outlook or a feeling of positivity that can contribute to your over all well-being. It could be taking five minutes out of your day to meditate or an hour to do a facial or read a book. For me taking a little bit of time out just to myself helps my mental health, so in turn, it brings me satisfaction and happiness to know I'm looking after myself.

"Kilkenny is home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish designers, and the company has been synonymous with promoting the finest in Irish design for over 50 years. Kilkenny currently has 15 stores nationwide. Or visit and receive free shipping on orders over €49."

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Summer Holiday Essentials

If you follow my social media accounts you will know from my over sharing of holiday photos that mum and I went to Agios Nikolaos in Crete! We had the best time ever on our first holiday abroad! The packing was great craic, with my mum losing the will to live with my packing skills, she just left me to it in the end including packing her case. I really didn't want to bring too much, I just wanted the bare necessities as I don't wear that much makeup when I'm melting in the sun, my skin just does not like it. Now, I did bring some makeup with me and if you want to see a post on the makeup I brought (other than what's in the post here), just let me know. In this post, I'll be talking about the essentials I'd never leave behind, these are the products that come with me or are part of any trip I make now.

Summer Holiday Essentials

*1. Uriage Eau Thermale Rich Water Cream was popped into the fridge on arrival to our destination along with their Thermale water just to amp up the refreshing feeling of using it nice and cool. We used the thermal water so much we left it behind empty so it's not pictured. The moisturiser was so comfortable to wear and gave my skin radiance. My skin usually shrivels up like a prune in such intense heat but this delivered with moisturiser and left my skin feeling so soft and nourished. At first, I didn't think it was going to do the job as it didn't feel rich or heavy, so it worked out perfectly in the heat.

Nima Brushes The Girls on Tour

Nima Brushes The Girls on Tour

2. Nima Brushes The Girls on Tour starter set of 5 brushes, was the best set of brushes I've ever owned! It includes 7 of their best selling brushes all with shorter handles and comes in its own travel case. The quality is fantastic and the brushes make applying makeup so easy. This was a lovely birthday present I got this year from my in laws, and now I'm dying to try more from the brand. I was able to pop this into my cabin luggage without it taking up much space. It beats bring a bunch of big cumbersome brushes, that also take longer to wash when you just want to enjoy some holiday time. The quality of the bristle, as well as the barrel and handles, are brilliant and the pop of colour makes them stand out.

3. This Works in Transit Camera Close-up was my multi tasker, it moisturises, primes, and can be used in the non-traditional sense like a mask. I have dry skin and would literally lash this on, it doesn't leave a film on the skin and preps my skin for my makeup. I use this mostly as a primer because it locks everything in place and my skin looks unbelievably smooth and my goodness this kept my makeup in place in the intense heat. I also found this to be really soothing on the skin. Perfect for oily skin but also good for drier skin but you will feel like you have to use more of it.

4. Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion was my hair hero while away. I will admit I make very little effort with my hair on holidays, my hair is on the wavy side but for some extra help with my waves, this was brilliant. It is a salt and oil infusion and it is one of the best I've tried, this is pricey which is the kicker! I got my perfect tousled waves that didn't feel dry and it didn't look dull at all which I will put down to the oil.

5. Ziptek (cetirizine), well I got a nasty bite while away and it came close to the EpiPen getting used but the antihistamine did the trick. NEVER EVER will I leave home without them again, I'm still suffering from the bite weeks later.

6. Mitchum Powder Fresh Deodorant Stick, I don't think I really need to explain this one much. I don't like aerosol cans (and to use them as little as possible) so I love a deodorant in solid form and this one has always been a winner for me. Also, it was needed in the extreme heat while away!

Shiseido Sports BB with SPF 50+

*7. Shiseido Sports BB with SPF 50+ was something I popped along with me for mum to try. Mum, however, wouldn't give up her Shiseido synchro glow foundation, but I got a bit of colour and got away with trying the medium shade towards the end of the holiday. I was seriously impressed by the BB, it provided coverage, lasting power and the super important SPF. I have touched on the technology Shiseido use for their WetForce on the blog previously, but just for a little recap..... the sunscreen’s UV protection veil becomes more effective when the applied area is exposed to water or perspiration for 30 minutes. The BB cream is very liquidy when it comes out but you got to move fast to apply and blend it in. Once on you won't have to worry about it, this stuff does not budge. It is ideal for anyone into the gym, watersports, or sweaty sticky sun holidays! You know you have the protection and coverage, it is a genius hybrid of a product. This also contains a contouring powders that makes your skin look sculpted and healthy the stronger the sunlight it is under (it truly did that). When first applied it may look a little heavy but give it a few minutes and it just all settles.

Riemann P20

8. No holiday is complete without Riemann P20. This is the only sun protection I ever use, it's the only one that can keep me from getting burnt and I love the new spray bottle. It's not in the main picture because I used it all up while away. I love how it nourishes my skin and leaves a lovely sheen as well, making me look healthier than I actually am. For me, this is worth the money and I never regret using it.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Netflix - Stranger Things 2

*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I receive a complimentary subscription.  All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. 

The show that captured the imagination of so many last year is coming back!!! I'm really looking forward to Stranger Things 2 coming 27th of October and just in time for Halloween. We are heading back to Hawkins, Indiana to see a bigger yet even more sinister entity that is coming after to those who survived. Now I'm left with so many questions as to what awaits us and will the past catch up?! The fist season had so many easter eggs to some of our favourite 80's films and I really hope that will be the case the second time around and have that true retro feel to it.

Netflix - Stranger Things 2

We know from season one that MK Ultra the covert operation conducted by the CIA came to Hawkins in 1953, could they possibly be still be doing their experiments, or has their past experiments come back to haunt them?! FUN FACT: MK Ultra was an actual operation by the CIA!

On November the 6th 1983, Will Byers vanishes and ends up in the Upside Down an alternative world and held there by the horrifying monster Demongorgan. We see Will rescued by the end of season 1 but we can only imagine the lasting effect that could have had on him and will he be able to integrate back into the friendship he once had. Will he be the Will they all knew before?

November 8th, 1983, Barbara vanishes but we do find out that she was killed by the monster in season 1. But when you consider we're dealing with alternative universes could we possibly see this character make a reappearance?!

Netflix - Stranger Things 2

Netflix - Stranger Things 2

Netflix - Stranger Things 2

Will you be tuning in for season two? Let me know what you are hoping to see in season 2!

Netflix Stream Team

Monday, 12 June 2017

Picturesques Kilmore Quay

I love Kilmore Quay, and it's our go-to place on the occasional Sunday. Kilmore Quay is a wonderful fishing Village just under 30 minutes outside of Wexford Town. I especially look forward to the Seafood Festival which takes place the first Thursday of July every year for 4 days!

Our first stop is always into Little Saltee Restaurant, and the food is always fantastic, it is situated just across from the marina. It really has that updated coastal interior feel to it, which brings the beach and brightness to its restaurant. Don't leave without trying their scrumptious array of ice creams!

There is a wonderful walk along the coast and hidden nooks to find along the way. A playground is just up from the Marina, and it's one of Lillibug's favourites plus it's free and well kept.

There is a wonderful selection of activities mostly centred around the sea from angling, sailing and snorkelling. You could also go and follow the Norman Way Heritage Trail (I'd highly recommend) which will bring you into Kilmore Quay.

Monday, 1 May 2017

MAC Haul & Review of Extra Dimension Blush Cheeky Bits

If you read my previous post about my trip to the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown, you will know that I couldn't bypass the shopping centre while there. I needed to replenish my MAC Studio Fix Fluid and one thing led to another!

I picked up my holy grail of foundations the Studio Fix fluid (€32) in NW13. This seems to be a love/hate foundation when I talk to others about it, but thankfully it performs really well for me still. I also love the fact that the shade is perfection for me, which I struggle with when it comes to other brands.

I picked up my first MAC lip pencil (€17.50) in the shade Dervish to go with my new favourite MAC lipstick Plumful! It's really creamy and lasts all day on me, I need to build this up with a few strokes but I'm loving it and it will go with a lot of lipsticks that I already have.

MAC Fix+ travel size (€10) is another repurchase and love the many uses this comes in handy for. From intensifying eyeshadow, giving a dewy complexion, or just to finish off and lock in place my makeup. Always a must for my makeup bag.

I then picked up MAC Extra Dimension Blush in the shade Cheeky Bits, it was expensive at €29.00 but I really love the formula of this. It's described as a hybrid of a cream because of its smoothness, the bendability of a liquid, and a powder finish. That all sounds like magic to me especially with the prismatic reflection to give a luminous finish.

The powder is firm in the pan and has no kick up of product and blends beautifully on the skin. It's a pinky coral shade that really changes with the light. I was worried it would show up the texture on my cheeks because of the milia under my skin as it looked frosty in the pan, but this wasn't the case once applied. It lasted fairly well giving me six hours before fading but that was with a light application. This can be built up for a stronger finish and can be used wet for extra intensity.

I can see myself adding more of these to the collection as they are now part of the permanent collection at MAC.

What do you think, would you be tempted?

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Birthday Getaway to the Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

I wasn't planning on doing a review of the Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown at all, but mum and I were so happy with our choice of hotel I thought I'd let you all know. Excuse the lack of photos and bad lighting but I hope you get a feel for the hotel all the same.

April is the month for Birthdays in our family, mum at the beginning of the month and mine the end, so we needed a little weekend away especially when we realised the last time we were away just the two of us was seven years ago! That is shocking and as a result, we have promised ourselves to go away more together. We picked the Crowne Plaza because Mum had stayed there before with Dad for a conference and of course it was close to the amazing shopping centre. Also importantly I found it easy to get to off the M50 coming from Wexford.

The stand out about the hotel was the staff and the customer service they bring. Check-in was quick and help was offered with our luggage. Two huge beds in a bigger than expected room greeted us and we were in our element. The bathroom was a good size too with a shower and toiletries. Parking was free at the hotel which I love because this has become such a rarity these days, and parking at the shopping centre was also free (not that we parked over there as we were in walking distance). Housekeeping was super friendly too, making sure we had everything we needed and always had a hello when we passed them in the hall.

We ate in the Sanctuary Bar and the staff were the best ever! Mum and I both have food allergies (EpiPen always on standby) and they really went out of their way to make us at ease with our order with the maĆ®tre d' coming to double check about the allergies. They were all so friendly and the atmosphere was really great. The food was divine with service quick and portion size bigger than expected, so well worth the price.

After the stress of the last few months and years, this was a break we needed and we enjoyed ourselves. We definitely would go back again.

Yes, some shopping was done and I'm not sorry! I'll have a little MAC haul up soon.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear

Press Sample 

In celebration of 20 years of Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr now has become Teint Idole Ultra Wear (RRP€41.00)and now comes in a brand-new bottle. The high coverage foundation comes in 40 shades to choose from, but I do warn that this is a foundation you will need to sample and not blindly buy due to the oxidation that I experienced with it. For 2017 I'm on the hunt for perfect foundations so I was delighted to receive this from the PR to sample.

For a full coverage foundation, I was delighted that this wasn't as creamy as I was expecting, but I did find that it still felt heavy on the skin but it didn't look cakey on the same hand. My skin has been okay of late but it is usually on the dry side and this did catch around the dryness on my forehead, brought out the pores on my nose and didn't sit as nicely on (cough) my laughter lines.

For best application and after a lot of experimenting with this, I found using a hydrating primer underneath the best and apply the foundation with my beauty blender. It takes a few minutes to set, but you do end up with a velvety medium coverage, or build up to full. Unfortunately, the shade that I picked was 010 BEIGE PORCELAINE out of the three I got matched with on the Lancome Foundation Shade Finder website. The shade looked promising at first but within seconds of it coming out of the pump you will notice it oxidising and continued to do so on my face for a few minutes after. If I tried to build it up it just got even darker so that was a no go. Below are two swatches of the foundation in my shade, the one on the left was the first to be pumped and by the time I pumped the second there is already a shade change. 

The foundation is also heavily fragranced and I found that my skin was irritated by it around my chin and top of my cheeks, so if your skin is on the sensitive side approach with caution. The Teint Idole Ultra Wear would be more geared towards oily skin but even with my dry skin, this didn't last around my jaw area or around my glasses.

So as you can gather this didn't do the trick for me and I'm still on the hunt for a new foundation to WOW me. Send your recommendations my way in the comments below.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

My Little Box - #NoFilter March Box

It has been a long time since I've spoken about My Little Box, a subscription box that comes from the heart of Paris. It has always been one of my favourite subscription boxes, I think because it has more than beauty, and incorporates lifestyle accessories too. Last year I stopped my subscription as it was getting to be a bit of an expensive box each month, especially as here in Ireland we have to use ParcelMotel to get it. For Mother's Day, Lillibug and Kevin treated me to a box (I must have dropped a lot of hints), they are the best! 

For March, My Little Box's theme was "#NOFILTER". Instead of the usual box, and drawstring bag, everything came in a gorgeous wash bag emblazoned with the slogan "#No Filter". I will definitely get great use out of the bag and it is a great size for all my makeup. Also included was a notebook for all my beauty notes, and printed card (which I love to stick up on my wall).

A lovely soft kabuki brush was included, with rose gold detail and the tips of the bristles are blush coloured. I haven't tried this yet, but it feels very soft to the touch and I will get around to using this during the week.

I was super excited to see a phone ring holder in rose gold. As I'm very clumsy with my phone, this might actually help me not to drop it anymore, plus it works as a stand. I really do love this, and they aren't easy to come by unless you go online for them.

Also included was a nail polish from their own makeup brand "My Little Beauty". It's a lovely pinky nude polish and it has a nice shine to it. Deep Euphoria from Calvin Klein is a cute sample that came in the form of rollerball, so it's very handy for the bag.

I saved the best for last with the inclusion of Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer. I have for so long wanted to try this out after a friend raved about it. I have been using it the last few days and getting on great, and my makeup has not budged! 

My Little Box cost €17.80 plus €3.95 for ParcelMotel compared to last year when it was over €20 for the box alone. I loved this box so much, I'm excited for next months already!

*NO PR Samples contained within this post. and not sponsored

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

National Bed Month with Netflix

We all love a good binge watch, right? Getting a few solid hours of your favourite show in can be an incredibly fun and satisfying experience. More and more, we seem to be doing this in bed. Fittingly, this month of March has been decreed "National Bed Month". After doing some research, though, I've found that while it's nice to binge watch in bed, it goes against the advice of The Sleep Council in relation to the perfect sleep environment. But, there's nothing stopping you from grabbing your PJs, hot water bottle and duvet and spending a day on the couch. This way, you're not disrupting your much-needed sleep pattern and you're having a day for yourself. 

In terms of a duvet driven binge day Netflix has you well looked after, regardless of what you're into,  with the following shows and movies:

Iron Fist: 13 Episodes, 1 Season.

The last Marvel/Netflix solo show following "Daredevil", "Jessica Jones", and "Luke Cage", "Iron Fist" tells the story of Danny Rand a wealthy orphan returning to his home of New York after going missing in the Himalayas. While he was there, however, he became very proficient in martial arts. It's a similar story to the Marvel movie "Doctor Strange", but won't be quite as epic in scope. It does promise to be a lot of fun, and will serve as a great final chapter before we get the team up show "The Defenders".

The Crown: 10 Episodes, 1 Season

The £100 million pound gamble that paid off for Netflix, "The Crown" has become possibly the most highly regarded show on the service. Rightly so? You'll have to judge for yourself, but it's hard to dispute that it looks incredible, and is impeccably acted specifically the award-winning Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) and John Lithgow (Winston Churchill). The series tells the story of the first decade or so of the reign of Queen Elizabeth and the trials and tribulations she faced along the way. Special mention should go to Matt Smith who is a standout as Prince Philip, a man who is seemingly lost in is role withing the palace and his own marriage. 

Fawlty Towers: 12 Episodes.

Let's go back in time to some classic comedy from the minds of John Cleese and Connie Booth. There's very little that can be said about this show that hasn't been said already. It's one of those shows that I saw when I was younger and it always seemed like there were much more than just twelve episodes! 

Once Upon A Time: 124 Episodes (so far), 6 Seasons.

An old favourite of mine at this stage, this Disney/ABC Studios co-production takes the classic characters from old and new Disney movies and puts a "Lost" style spin on them by flipping the characters between the real world and the fairytale world. Netflix is the only place to see new episodes of this show as they are the exclusive distributors in the UK and Ireland.

*Disclaimer: I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team and for this, I receive a complimentary subscription.  All opinions are my own, and I will be posting once a month in relation to Netflix Stream Team. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Spring has Sprung with IsaDora


The sun is out and spring is in the air, and thanks to IsaDora spring has sprung in the makeup department too! IsaDora sent me two of the Perfect Blushes (€12.95) and one of the Ultra Matt Liquid Lipsticks (€12.95), I had already purchased the shade "Cool Mauve".

I never tried the blushes before from IsaDora so this was exciting to try out. These are super creamy and easy to apply. These aren't super pigmented but are buildable and a flawless on the skin. Pink Glow had been my go-to blush for the last week and has a gold glow (no glitter to be seen here) and is super lifting on my pale complexion. I recently bought a NARS Palette but find myself coming back to the IsaDora blushes over and over again as they are on par with the higher-end blushes. Frosty Rose has a slight sheen to it but pulls more brown on my skin tone, yet on my mum's skin it has that rose undertone and looks very sophisticated. These held up well throughout the day with very little fading and would definitely like to try more of these. The packaging is plain but I can forgive that for it's what is on the inside that counts here with these beauties.

As we all know the matt lip has been around for a while and shows no signs of stopping, personally I have preferred a glossier lip of late but I spotted the shade Cool Mauve in Shaws and really loved the plum shade, so I was only delighted to try out Dolce Rose (a much lighter shade) when I received it. 

Swatching these on my arm do no justice to these at all but do give you an idea of the shades I have. These applied so well to the lips and felt really weightless. I loved how comfortable they felt and the fact that it didn't zap the life out of my lips to shrivel up with dryness. These are available in three shades and I'm going to hunt down Vintage Rose next!

I hold my hands up, I have at times overlooked IsaDora until earlier last year and continue to find some gems in their collections.

What have you tried and liked from IsaDora? Let me know in the comments below.

*PR Samples contained within this post. Not sponsored
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