Feb 13, 2014 - Blog    Comments Off on Best of Beauty: Hair Heroes

Best of Beauty: Hair Heroes

It is probably extremely vain and shallow but I have an emotional attachment to my hair.  In some ways my hair is part of my personality.  I’m terrified of having it cut and I live in fear of the day it turns grey and I have to start dying it.  I have a lot of hair, a lot.  My hair grows both up and down.  At the moment I’m sitting on it.  Long hair can require a bit of maintenance as it can look limp and dead.  I do try, however, not to over pollute it.  Given my fear of visiting a hairdresser, I rely on a couple of hair saviours to keep my hair looking its best.  I should mention before you read on that my hair is big but I always want it bigger.  I love the 1950s full look and the 1960s beehive.  Many of the hair care heroes that I have listed aid a fuller look.

Hair Heroes

Me with moderately big hair

Shampoo and Conditioner

At the moment I’m using Mane ‘n Tail body shampoo and moisturising conditioner.  This is quite fitting because my hair resembles more of a mane than normal human hair.  These products are fantastic.  It provides great nourishment, leaving my hair soft but thick.



I also swear by Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Deep Treatment conditioner as well as the Aussie leave in conditioner.  The volumising shampoo from Umberto Giannini is great too.  It can be expensive but there are often … Read the rest

Feb 12, 2014 - Blog    Comments Off on It Works! Facial Applicator from Amy’s Wrap It Up

It Works! Facial Applicator from Amy’s Wrap It Up

As I have stated before I’m quite dubious about products that promise miracles. I am willing to try them but I don’t usually have much faith in their ability to cure all of my cosmetic ailments. With this in mind I tried It Works! Facial Applicators from Amy’s Wraps. Firstly, I’d like to mention that Amy is a very helpful and approachable lady. She was very thorough when we were conversing about reviewing the product and sent me lots of informative emails.

Facial Applicator from Amy’s WrapsSo what are these facial applicators all about? The applicator is described as a “facial skin cream impregnated cloth”. It promises firmer, tighter and smoother skin. The skin should look more youthful after use as well as being softer and revitalised. I was happy to try the applicator as my skin certainly needs a boost. I’ve had some health issues recently and my skin is displaying the evidence of this. The applicators come as a set of four and cost €115 (or €80 as part of a loyalty scheme). Each applicator is contained in an individual clear pack. The applicator is placed on the face lotion side down. As you will see from the picture I looked like a serial killer from a horror movie! Once the applicator was on all I needed to do was sit back and relax for 45 minutes. Having just moved house this seemed heavenly.

Facial Applicator from Amy’s Wraps

The facial applicator didn’t feel awkward or heavy on my skin, in fact it was quite nice and … Read the rest

Feb 9, 2014 - Blog    Comments Off on Boots No7 Beautiful Skin: An Alternative to Binning Vouchers

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin: An Alternative to Binning Vouchers

I haven’t been very well recently and I’ve also had to move house so things have been pretty stressful.  Whilst trying to keep calm on the surface, my skin was showing signs of stress and fatigue.  My skin looked dehydrated and withered and at the same time was decorated with bauble like spots, mostly arranged across my chin, at the sides of my mouth and under my nose.  I needed to take action.  I was in Boots one day and received a No7 voucher for €6.50 off skin care.  Usually I throw these vouchers into my bag and forget about them but I decided to have a look at the skin care range.  When browsing through the collection I overheard one of the sales assistants speaking to another customer about the Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser (full price €12.95).  This product is for all skin types.  She made it sound very appealing and after reading about the product I decided to give it a go.  The product promises to feel like a facial.  After purchasing this I received another voucher so I decided to get something else and settled on the Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator (full price €10.50) which is for normal/dry skin.  Once again for purchasing this I got yet another voucher so I used it a few days later on the Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser (full price €11.75) which is for normal/dry skin.  I decided to test all of these out one Sunday afternoon.

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Jan 9, 2014 - Blog    Comments Off on Cleanse Off Mitt

Cleanse Off Mitt

One of the buzz products in the beauty world for 2014 is the Cleanse Off Mitt.  The blue mitt promises to remove all traces of make-up and is part of the Bin the Wipes campaign.  It can be used repeatedly.  Having read great things about the mitt, I decided to give it a try.  I must say, I’m not easily convinced about “miracle” products so I was very interested to see how the Cleanse Off Mitt would perform.

Cleanse Off Mitt

Cleanse Off Mitt

To use the mitt, one saturates it with water.  That’s it!  I tried it on a full face of make-up including waterproof mascara and water proof liquid liner.  I thought these would be a tough test for the mitt.  My face was left spotless.  I was very surprised by the results.  The mitt had passed my first test, but the real challenge was still to come.  I created an eye look with lots of strong pigments, waterproof liquid liner and mascara, glitter and false lashes.  I used duo glue on my lashes which is a very strong adhesive and can sometimes prove a pain to remove.  I did loosen the lashes with an oil based eye make-up remover first.  The mitt removed every trace of make-up on my face.  There wasn’t a single hint of glitter left on my skin.  The mitt was also great for dislodging stubborn traces of the duo glue on my lashes.  I was very happy with the results.  When I woke up the next … Read the rest

Jan 2, 2014 - Blog    Comments Off on New Year, New Skin

New Year, New Skin

If you’re like me, you will currently be showcasing some volcanic like spots, dark circles under your tired eyes, blackheads and dry abused skin.  This is all part of the Christmas festivities.  Late nights, too much alcohol, too much chocolate and too little attention paid to a cleansing regime are all to blame.  I don’t drink but I have been a carbohydrate fiend over the last few weeks.  Once consumed, carbohydrates turn to sugars and create a horrible dense complexion.  There are a couple of really simple things that can be done to reverse the signs of Christmas.


I’m not (ever) going to suggest that any of you should go on a severe detox or cut out any food groups.  I do, however, recommend a really simple detox.  Drink hot water with a slice of lemon first thing every morning.  The lemon cleanses your insides and will act as an aid against last night’s take away or the few too many bottles of wine that were consumed.


Getting enough rest is easier said than done.  It is recommended that each of us should have eight hours of sleep each night.  I don’t know when the last time I got a full eight hours was but it is important that we try to make the most of what we can get.  It is said that those of us that avoid using any screen device (laptops, smart phones etc.) an hour or two before bed get a better sleep.  We’re … Read the rest