Aug 28, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on ELF Cosmetics

ELF Cosmetics

I wanted to try ELF for a while so when I saw that it had landed in Superdrug I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  ELF is a cruelty free budget brand which is always appealing to me.  I tried four different products so here are my thoughts on them.

Illuminating Palette

This palette contains four highlighter shades.  They are not overly shimmery and are well pigmented and long lasting.  I really like the soft finish they provide.  Personally I only use the top two shades as the bottom powders are too dark for me.  My favourite is the first white /  silver highlighter and I have been using this most days.  It is very pretty and can be used to create a soft and pretty glow to the cheekbones or can be used under the brows or across the eyelids for a beautiful finish.  I would certainly buy this product again.

Under the Eye Concealer

The concealer consists of two products, a concealer and a highlighter.  Both have an individual applicator.  When I bought this product both ends were completely empty despite the concealer being sealed.  I was able to return it for a new one.  Whilst I’m very happy with the concealer, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of product in the tubes, particularly on the highlighter side.  The concealer is great for covering my dark circles and making me look more awake.  The highlighter is fine for patting on over the concealer but for … Read the rest

Aug 1, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Photofocus Foundation from Wet n Wild

Photofocus Foundation from Wet n Wild

It is a well established fact that I am completely in love with Wet n Wild.  It is a brand that I rave about to anyone willing to listen.  The brand is cruelty free and offers amazing quality at a fantastic price.

When I saw the new Photofocus foundation I had to try it.  The first thing I noticed was the extensive shade range.  I’m pale skinned and it can often be difficult to find a good colour match.  There were a number of shades for pale skin ranging from neturals to warms and cools.  I was surprised by the amount of options.

The foundation genuinely is incredible.  I’m on my second bottle.  The bottle has an applicator attached to the lid which I like for placing the foundation on my face before using a brush.   I really like this as it means I’m not pouring too much foundation out and wasting it.  The texture is gorgeous and it has great lasting power.  I apply my make-up at 6am and it lasts for the day.

Photofocus has medium coverage and is buildable.  It creates a lovely finish.  For me this foundation performs as well as its high end counterparts.  Unbelievably, it costs €6.99!  I absolutely adore this foundation.… Read the rest

Jul 26, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Wedding Wednesday: Mitchum Deodorant

Wedding Wednesday: Mitchum Deodorant

For today’s Wedding Wednesday installment I’m talking about deodorant. Mitchum very kindly sent me a selection of their products recently and I have been trying them out since I received them.  I was very excited to try these products as I’m always searching for a deodorant that works for me.

Deodorant may not seem that interesting to many people but to me it is something that I’m always on the look-out for.  I’m incredibly sensitive to heat. This means that I’m always warm.  My skin is sometimes hot to touch and people are often quite shocked by it.  Feeling anxious or nervous adds to feeling hot and when that happens I start to feel sweaty.   Even thinking about the wedding brings on panic over starting to flush and sweat so I really needed to feel confident in having a deodorant that works for me.

I’d read great things about Mitchum on various forums and I had high hopes for it.  I was not disappointed.  I received four deodorants, two roll ons and two sticks.  I received an unscented and pure fresh scented version of each. Both the roll on and stick offer 48 hour protection and they really did work.  I tried the deodorant over the recent very hot weather and I felt so incredibly comfortable.  There was no horrible sweaty feeling and I was completely dry for the day.  The deodorants are also quick drying so there is no waiting around for ages to get dressed and they didn’t … Read the rest

Jun 18, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Irish Travel Products

Irish Travel Products

Today, I’m talking about some great products from Irish companies that are perfect for travel.  We are very lucky to have some fantastic beauty brands in Ireland boasting great quality products.

The first item I want to discuss is from my beloved Blank Canvas Cosmetics.  I feel I need to gush a little bit about my love for the brand first.  The very first palette I bought when I qualified as a Make-Up Artist was from Blank Canvas Cosmetics.  I’m pretty sure at this stage that I have every brush from the brand and most of the make-up palettes.  Blank Canvas’ Una Tynan and her team have been incredibly kind, supportive and generous to me and I really appreciate it.  Una is an absolute make-up and brush genius and everything she produces is magical.

There have been so many fantastic new releases recently but I want to focus on the six piece travel set.  The set hosts some firm favourites in cute miniature form.  The set is cruelty free and vegan friendly which is always with a winner with me.  Brushes include the F01 quick brush, the F20 foundation brush, the F41 blusher brush, the E01 eye blending brush, the E02 flat shadow brush and the E03 detail brush for lips or liner.  The set is €49.99.  It is the perfect set for travelling or for handbag brushes.

Nima Brush is a well-known fantastic Irish brand and the original home of duck egg brushes.  The brushes are of utmost quality … Read the rest

May 6, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on New Products from Image

New Products from Image

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to Image’s Worldwide Launch Party for six new products, some of which I will be detailing and trying.  Regular readers will know that I have a lot of love for Image and the Vital C serum is a firm favourite of mine.  I was very excited to see the new products on offer.

Firstly, Publicity Loft put on an amazing launch party in the Science Gallery.   The party had a real springtime fun atmosphere to it and brilliantly showcased the new products.  I was lucky enough to meet with an Image Skincare expert for a skin consolation and received lots of very helpful information and got a peak at some of the new products on the market.

The first product that has been launched is one that I’m already in love with.  It is the only product that I have tried so far as I have been up to my eyes with my masters, placement and a full time job (which are also the reasons I’m so late writing this post).  It is a new version of the Ormedic lip balm.  The Ormedic balm is something that I have raved about since I first tried it.  This new addition to the Ormedic family has a slight sheer pink tint to it and boasts the same brilliant qualities as its original.  The really great thing about the Ormedic balm is that it is part of a fundraiser for the Care … Read the rest

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