Sunday, 19 July 2015

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foudation


Whilst i was treating myself to a gorgeous  Rouge Volupte lipstick  I asked for a sample of this to try out as well as I had heard so many good things about it. The sales assistant reiterated them all again to me- about how it was perfect for dry skin, leaving it with a glowy lit from within finish-pretty much all I look for in a foundation.
I was given a very generous sample of it after I was colour matched to B10 and it's one of the colour best matches I have. There are 22 shades available in this with beige,pink and neutral   undertones and it ranges from very light to very dark. They colour match so well at the counter so for that alone i would recommend it.

One and a half pumps of this gives me a good medium coverage and I've found that layering the product on top in the evening to go out never leaves me with a cakey face so it does build beautifully. The finish is a naturally glowy finish that I love and it has yet to cling to my many dry patches. The wear time is around 8 hours before I notice any fading and it doesn't go patchy on me as it wears away.

The packaging it luxurious-a heavy glass bottle with a sturdy gold pump and golden lid with their logo embossed in red. The only thing about the gold is that you will have streak marks on it after use if your not careful but they wipe away easily. The name is printed on the bottle on gold but I have noticed a little wear and tear on this recently. If I don't want to carry about the bottle a just pump a few squirts onto my sample bottle and it saves so much space as well as the fear of the bottle breaking.

This retails for €40 which for a high end foundation isn't that bad in the grand scheme of things really and considering their Rouge Veloupte lipsticks retail for €33 it's good value.
YSL are easily becoming my favourite high end brand. Its always the first counter I go to in Brown Thomas to have a look and I'm sure I'll be checking out more of their products as soon as.
I've never been happier with a foundation and I'm 99%I've found my holy grail! 

Saturday, 23 May 2015

The stuff that saved my skin


My skin type is dry, like Sahara standard dry and I've always kind of kept on top of it. It still felt dry but it wasn't uncomfortable if you know what I mean.
I also have eczema and the majority of things out there that help eczema like E45 and Aveeno actually irritate me even more. Thankfully my face isn't as sensitive but I'm still careful about what I slap on it.
A month ago it got worse as I ended up with a skin infection (ew,I know) and the lovely doctor said to give this a go.

I will admit I was really scared as I'd never tried this before and if it didn't react well then I was gonna be in a lot of pain very soon. But my skin thankfully loved it. It cleared up all my eczema and has stopped all the itchiness. 
But the main reason I'm blogging about it is because of how good it works on my face.
When my skin was really dry I'd use this morning and night with my serum underneath and my skin just drank it up. Now my face is better I use this every other day and I really don't think my skin has looked or felt better.

I use it in the morning by scooping it into my fingers and then melting it between my fingertips and then working it into my skin really well and then applying the Boots Botanical Beauty balm on top and then foundation. It leaves me with a really dewy finish that I love and means I can use foundation that previously would have gone super cakey and dry on my face.
I also use it to take of my makeup and I have a small tub at work to use to wash my hands as any other soap leaves them dry and cracked and then I use a small bit as hand cream so it's a multi use miracle product for me!
Obviously if you have normal to oily skin this probably would not work as well on your skin but if you have dry to really dry skin I would definitely give it a go.

Ingredients are:Liquid Parrafin Ph. Eur.; Cetomacrogol Emulsifying Wax BP (contains Cetostearyl Alcohol and Macrogol Cetostearyl Ether 22) Yellow Soft Paraffin BP

It hasn't clogged up my skin at all and leaves it feeling super moisturised and hydrated.
A 500 gram tub will set you back around €14.50 in Boots and the small 150 gram tub is around €9 so what I've been doing is scooping out a bit from the big one and storing it in a small pot thats a lot easier to carry around . I take this everywhere with me now, I LOVE it.

(This isn't sponsered, I just really love it)

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Makeup Revolution Lipsticks


This is my first foray into Makeup Revelolution and it would be about time too! its a brand that is talked about and shown constanty on any social media and they have built quite a loyal following so I had to see why,
The main reason it took me so long is that I hate ordering things online- I like instant gratification when I spend my money, so when I seen that they were in Superdrug in The Square I made my way.

I picked up three lipsticks from the range, breaking the bank at €1.09 or €1.29 each, I cant remember exactly.

L-R:Depraved, Crime and Dare

Two of the shades I picked up are "Scandalous" shades, the purple and pink ones. I agree with Depraved being a bit out of your comfort zone but the pink (Crime) is actually one of the prettiest pinks I own. 
Depraved does take two to three layers for full opacity and it does tend to highlight any dry bits on your lips but for less than €1.50 its a lot better than I thought it would be.

Crime is a gorgeous pink shade but its not as bright or as pigmented as I was hoping for by the look of the tube.
I'll probably get a bit more wear out of this way but I like my pinks shocking.

Dare is a tomato red shade that goes on drier than the other two, it can have a tendancy to tug slightly and the finish is not fully matte but almost. The other two are very creamy and need re-touching every hour if you're eating or drinking. I got two and a half hours wear out of dare but that was with no eating or drinking.

Packaging is what you'd expect for the price. It reminds me a lot of the MUA lipsticks packaging so functional but nothing special.
With these lipsticks you are getting what you pay for, the colour range has a lot more different choices than the majority of drugstore brands and they're fun to try out without having to spend a lot
on it but for more everyday colours I would recommend Essences black tubed lipsticks for the staying power they offer.
I'm planning on going  back to nab some of their eyeshadow palettes and highlighters as they swatched really nicely so keep an eye out for those reviews on the blog soon.
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Monday, 23 March 2015

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick

I'm back after over a month out trying to get settled into my new job, I think I'm getting there now-just about. I bought this for myself as a 'Good On You' present after landing my perfect job as I'd wanted one of these lipsticks for around two years- Just look at the prettiness of it!

I got the shade No.5 Fushsia in Excess as I figured I could make it as intense as I'd like for day or night and it's great for that. Dabbed on it gives a really pretty just bitten effect and layered it it a gorgeous hot pink with the most fabulous shine.
Dabbed on


The shine when layered lasts around two hours with limited eating or drinking, The more you layer and blot the longer it lasts. Four hours was the longest I got out of it.

When it wears away it does so evenly- no pink outline of your lip line with the beauty.

To be honest even if it wasn't a great formula I'd still be in love with it. The packaging is just so luxurious and perfect I smile every time I use it- the fact I associate with a positive time in my life helps a little too.

This is available in Brown Thomas - (they have way more colours in store than the seem to do online?) for the luxurious price of €33.00. I do think as a treat and for the packaging and quality is is worth it, I think I'll be treating myself again in a month or two.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Make Up Gallery Time to shine Nail Colour

This is a brand that is quite new and I haven't heard that much about them at all. I seen an article in the Daily Mail about them and then a video from Miss Budget Beauty and that was about it.
This is Dealz (Poundland in England) makeup brand- Make up Gallery- that they launched in early December and I picked up a few bits from it.

Deep Amethyst

This colour caught my eye as I didn't have such a deep purple in my collection. Weirdly enough though the colour does change on the nail to a deep red in certain lights.
The brush is a flat and wide shape and applies the colour smoothly. It also doesn't load the brush with so much product that you flood the whole nailbed. It dries down in about a minute which I find standard enough.

Third day of wear- very minor chipping and tip wear

Lasting power is a lot longer than I would of thought for such an inexpensive polish. I get 3 days of no chipping but slight tip wear on the second day. With a good top coat I think it could rival the more expensive brands out there.
I also noticed that even though I didn't wear a base coat with this it didn't stain my nails like a lot of darker colours do.

For two euro it's a great
polish but I did find the shade range quite limited, I'm hoping if the brand gets more recognition they will expand the line as I do really like the formula.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

COVO Intensified Lipstick - Diva

Another product from the package I received from Shireen over at Reflection Of Sanity- I'm finally getting time to write about them two months after they were sent!
 COVO Intensified lipstick- Diva

I knew as soon as I seen the colour of this lipstick I was going to love it. I have a bit of a thing for pink lipsticks you see, and this was most definitely pink. 

The thing I love more than the colour is the packaging though. It's brilliantly thought out, with a little mirror springing out as soon as you open the casing.It's the little things that make the difference.
 It's a glossy black case with the COVO logo on it and the bottom has the name with the corresponding colour.

It goes on really glossy and dries down to a slight sheen after twenty minutes. It's a very moisturising formula which does mean I have to top it up every hour or so if I don't wear lip liner under it but the little mirror makes it so simple-can you tell I like it?
It's very pigmented and it wears away evenly on the lips so no horrible pink outlines.
In the winter I like layering it over a slightly deeper lip liner and matting it down with a little powder, which helps with the longevity, but come spring I'll be wearing this by itself in all it's glory.

Unfortunately this brand is currently only available in Malaysia and they aren't shipping to Ireland yet so I do apologise to anyone that's wanting one now. I'm not sure if Parcel Motel would be of any use as I've never used it myself but it may be worth a try?

However if you do happen to spot it anywhere on your travels I would recommend picking one up, the shades all look fabulous. It's priced at  MYR 49.00 which would be a little less that €12.

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Friday, 30 January 2015

Physicians Formula Shimmer Eye Strips

I received these eyeliners from Shireen over at Reflection Of Sanity when we did our swap back at the start of December. I was immediately drawn to them as :1- they were sparkly and 2- they were Physicians Formula.

Now, Physicians Formula is available in Ireland but I find it quite hard to find as it's only stocked in a few pharmacies in Ireland and also I found the price range quite high, so I didn't go hunting them down to be honest. 
But judging from the quality of these and one of their Happy Booster blushes I also recieved I think they're not hiking up the price too much for what you're getting. 

These are twist up eyeliners in a black, a pewter and a champagne colour.
This colour combilation is for brown eyes specifically but I love them on my blue eyes as I think the goldy tones help them pop a little more.

The pigmentation is great and the shimmer isn't gritty or uncomfortable to wear or apply.
They apply really smoothly when they've warmed up a little bit but because they are so soft they break of very very easily-twist them up as little as possible while using them- and I don't find them creasing if I use them to do a cat eye, which a lot of eye pencils do as I have hooded eyes.
With a primer under them they last all day.

I can't find a price for these in Ireland but they'll be between the €10 and €20 euro mark, as are all their products. From the blogs I read all the products seem to be of very good quality so if there was a stockists near you I'd suggest checking them out.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

W7 In the Buff Eyehadow Palette

I picked this palette up well before christmas when my local pharmacy had them on offer for €7 instead of the €10 they usually were. 
I'd heard a lot about these palettes being great dupes for Urban Decay's Naked palettes and I didn't see myself shelling out for one of those anytime soon so I thought I'd give this one a go.

 The "In The Buff" palette is a dupe for the UD Naked 2 and it's the one I was most drawn to because of the shades.
 The range of colours means that it's perfect for day or night time looks so it's a great all rounder. The fact that its all warm browns and gold tones means I love it even more.
 There's actually only been a few days that I haven't used this since I got it.

The pigmentation is great in all the colours, even the three matte shades and these are usually the hardest to get right. I've experienced very little to no fallout while using these whether it's with a primer or not.
 L-R : Buff ( Matte), Camel, Sand

L-R: Dust, Chocolate (Matte), Topaz 

L-R: Earth, Storm, Silk

L-R: Wave , Thunder, Onyx (Matte)

With 9 of the shades being shimmers the addition of three mattes are a welcome addition. A matte brow, transition and black really are great to have in a palette.
There is a double ended brush included, which wasn't the worst I've used but I do prefer my own.
This "In The Buff" palette is a dupe for the Naked 2 but they also have "Lightly Toasted" for the Naked 1 and "In the Nude" for the Naked 3.
I've seen these palettes priced  from €6 to €10 in various pharmacies around Dublin but you can order them from Cara Pharmacy Here for €6 plus postage.
For the price point and quality you get I really do recommend it.
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Thursday, 8 January 2015

M.A.C's Violetta Lipstick

I seen this lipstick on an assistant in Boots and had to know what it was-usually I would never have the guts to ask but it looked so fantastic on her I had to have it. I was half hoping it would be something from Boots and not very expensive, but it was Violetta from MAC. This actually worked out well as the other half had gotten me a gift card for Brown Thomas so I went straight across to the BT2 store and that was that. 

This is absolutely perfect teamed with M.A.C's Magenta lipliner. I loved wearing the lip liner all through summer but found it quite drying by itself during the winter so I can get good wear out of both whatever the season now. In my opinion the blue under toned purple can look good in either summer or winter- even if it doesn't suit the season I'll wear it anyway if I like the colour.

It's an Amplified Finish and it's so creamy and easy to apply. Usually with dark colours I'll use a lipbrush but I find it so easy to apply I rarely use one, especially if I'm pairing it with the lipliner.
MAC Violetta with Magenta around the edges
I can get around 2 hours wear without reapplying with this and it wears away to leave a pinky purple stain on the lip that I love. 
When you apply it first it's quite sparkly but it's still very comfortable to wear as the shimmer isn't the least bit chunky or gritty. The first layer goes on quite sheer but it's easily built up to the colour in the bullet.

After my dissapointment with my first M.A.C lipstick, I'm very happy I gave them another go.
I do think that €19.50 is a little pricey, but as a treat or just for a fantastic shade it is worth it. I feel a little bit more special when I apply it during the day.
 No doubt I'll be adding to my collection as soon as I do a bit more research on the finishes of them.
Any shade or finish recommendations? Do you think MAC lipsticks are worth it?

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

After a very long break I'm finally getting the time to blog again, and I'm so excited to be back and to see what 2015 has in store for blogging.
I received this mascara in the swap I did with Shireen from Reflection of Sanity before Christmas, and like I said then this has been in my rotation of mascaras since. I'm somewhat of  a mascara junkie..

I enjoyed using this mascara when I first received it but it's getting better and better as it's drying out for me. I do prefer dryer formulations though but it just works better. 
It's quite wet to begin with and it can be easy to end up with clumpy lashes if you're not careful, but give it a few weeks and it's very easy to work with.

 No Mascara

One coat of mascara
It's not the most volumising mascara I've ever tried even if it is marketed as one but it gives my lashes lots of length and separation which I actually like more. The wand is easy to hold and the comb grabs the majority of the lashes itself, it's just the inner corner ones you have to wiggle your way into.

 It's pigmentation is great and I didn't find it flaking or smudging onto my glasses when  had watery eyes which is a major plus.
It removes easily with any cleanser I use or eye makeup remover, so no panda eyes the next morning!
From what I can see this mascara isn't available in Ireland but it is available on Ebay for around €12 if you wanted to give it a go.
What's your favourite brand for mascara?