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2011 Spring/Summer Trends: Bright Makeup

20 Mar

Love how this most eye-popping shades are made wearable due to the refined application tricks. Can wait to try this out!

Lips are equally dramatic


MAC’s PeaCocky range which launched in February has everything you’ll be looking for to pull off the 2011 trends.

Nars helps us brighten up the Valentines blues.

15 Feb

For Spring’s bright, playful look, Nars introduces a Tainted Love limited-edition gift set.

The Tainted Love set contains:
Angelika Lip Gloss
Angelika Multiple
Schiap Nail Polish.

In true NARS fashion, the set is housed in vibrant packaging that makes them as exciting on the outside as they are on the inside.

Angelka is a cotton candy hue with gold particles – *lust*.

 

Are sulphate shampoos causing your hair loss? Why I’m saying Yes To Carrots!

11 Feb

I’m constantly searching for hair products that do not contain sulfates or silicon. My reasons are as follows:

Sulfates, which are very common in shampoo and skin care products, strip your hair (or skin) of natural oils causing it to dry out. In fact, they even aggravate the problem of hair loss. And silicone shampoos or conditioners can weigh your hair down and make it look flat and greasy, especially if you’ve naturally curly hair.

Sometimes with natural shampoos and conditioners you only get a day or so out of your hair before you need to wash it again, however when I used Yes To Carrots Nourishing Carrot Shampoo I found I got up to four days (I know, I’m scummy, but believe me with hair as long as mine you don’t want wash it every other day.) I apply the shampoo, massage my scalp and leave it there for a couple of more minutes almost like a mask for my scalp.


I also use the conditioner from this line which I adore, though it might be a little light for my very thick hair, or perhaps I should leave it on for longer.

Overall I’ve been so impressed with this line that I’ve repurchased their body wash twice and image I will purchase it again. The smell is absolutely gorgeous, one of the nicest, cleanest scents I’ve ever come across.

Yes to Carrots Eye and Makeup Remover is next on my ‘wish list’!

To buy try amazon or click here for Irish retailers

The Ugly Truth Vibram FiveFingers Workout Shoes

3 Jan

When it comes to working out, you’ll endure all sorts of humiliation to reach your goals. (See: pole dancing on a Power Plate.)

Confidence, meet your match. Vibram FiveFingers, new fitness shoes with space for each toe (like gloves for the feet), are about as sexy as tractor tyres.

Engineered for running, walking and yoga, the shoes act like a second skin, with thin, flexible rubber soles that grip any surface. They’re lined with stretch polymade fabric and require no socks.

The benefits are similar to reflexology: they stimulate acupressure points (aiding ailments like fatigue, poor digestion and muscle tension), strengthen muscles and improve balance, agility and posture.

What’s more, they help you run faster. Minimizing the time you can be spotted wearing them.

Available from www.amazon.co.uk

Daily Candy.

Two weeks’ notice. Lash Lab’s New Semipermanent Mascara Treatment

14 Dec

Along with an empty bank account and perpetual hangover, smudged lashes are a holiday inevitability like crying during A Charlie Brown Christmas, sweating off a sugar cookie binge, etc.

Since the pain of removing waterproof makeup turns you into a Grinch, simplify your routine with Lash Lab’s new semipermanent mascara treatment — it stays on a full two weeks.

Technicians mix the treatment to order, and a variety of wand thicknesses means you can decide between naturally blessed and Twiggy-thick. They even curl your hairs pretreatment. After just 30 minutes, you’ll have budge-proof eye makeup that will make you look wide-eyed and fresh during even your most cringe-worthy shenanigans.

Unleash the tears of joy.

This post first appeared on Daily Candy.

One-hundred years old and looking good!

20 Nov

Elizabeth Arden is 100 years old and to celebrate the skin care giant have launched a limited edition Eight Hour Cream in a vintage-meets-5th-Avenue pots, which I think you’ll agree will make the perfect stocking filler this Christmas.

This little pot of cream can be used for everything from chapped lips, dry cuticles, unruly eyebrows, cracked feet, glossy eyelids (i.e mix with dark eye shadow to achieve a sexy smoky eye effect) and is great to keep your skin hydrated on long flights.

Take the shine off.

11 Nov


There’s a big difference between sporting a ‘healthy dewy glow’ and looking like your face has underground oil rigs that have just sprung some leaks – namely on your nose, forehead and chin. We’re all familiar with that unattractive sheen which makes us glow in photos, and which always occurs at the most inopportune times like during your first date with Mr Right, or as you sit in the waiting room before your big interview or on your wedding day.  Instead arm yourself with the ‘shiny girl’s saviours’ which promise to take the shine off your face (in the best possible way).

After your make-up application is complete fix it in place with a light spritz of Urban Decay All-Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (Available from Boots).

When the sheen strikes the last thing you want to do is apply more face powder as it just gives a chalky finish which can end up leaving your make-up looking blotchy and heavy, instead try Paul and Joe miniature Blotting Paper (asos.com)

Or The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Blotting Tissues (also comes in Camomile for sensitive skin) or Dior Blotting papers, one sheet is enough to blot the whole face during touch-ups or when humidity hits.


The Miracle Mask, my best find for 2010, refines pores – incredible.

17 Oct

Every night I generously lather on anti-aging creams and each morning I slap on copious amounts of sunblock, in between there are face masks, eye creams and high-tech facials, all doing their little bit to help slow down the aging process, but in reality I won’t know if these products are really working until many years down the road.  I hope my face won’t be blueprint of the late hours, excess wine drinking, hangovers and ten years of smoking  which were my twenties (I know, insert much eye rolling) –  instead I hope the healthy eating, expensive face creams, fitness and moderate wine drinking of my thirties will pay dividend – but we’ll have to wait and see.

So you can imagine my excitement when I found a product which worked instantly.  Let me introduce The Miracle Mask (NUDE skincare) which dramatically refined my pores after only one use.

Oddly, this product’s label didn’t make any claims about refining pores, however, it did promise to ‘dramatically improve skin’, but they all seem to promise that so I didn’t take much notice. In truth I just carelessly dabbed some of this mask onto my face, vacuumed my bedroom while I waited for it to ‘work’, and then washed it off some minutes later.  In the time it took me to clean my bedroom floor I was, unknown to me, getting a new skin.  My opened pores were reduced by at least seventy per cent and my skin felt taut and new without the dehydrated tightness that often accompanies products like this which contain AHAs, though these AHAs are from milk, which means they’re natural and this may have made all the difference.

Lots of products have the word ‘miracle’ in the name but few have earned the title.

What it is: A facial mask for instant radiance and skin-brightening results.

What it is formulated to do: Nude Miracle Mask exfoliates and stimulates skin for a revitalised complexion. It contains natural alpha hydroxyl acids, which benefit the skin with their light exfoliating and moisturising properties, reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, skin lightening and firming, and increased collagen production.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:– Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Petro-Chemicals- Phthalates

What else you need to know:The perfect pre-party mask, this incredible treatment is recommended for all skin types except the very sensitive.

(Sephora.com)

Here’s a link to Space NK’s Miracle Mask http://bit.ly/bJnJZu if anyone knows somewhere in Ireland to purchase this please let me know and I’ll add it here.

Link to Miracle Mask site http://bit.ly/9LAuZw

For more independent reviews: http://bit.ly/9LanfG

Would you brush your teeth in public? Well now you can.

21 Sep

Applying make-up at a dining table? No way.  Pluck your eyebrows in public view of anyone? Would prefer not. File your nails in the office? Okay, sometimes, but only if a nail breaks. Brush your teeth while waiting for the bus? WHAT?

That’s right. Apparently it’s just fine to wash your pearly whites on a bus, in the back of a taxi, or where ever the mood takes you. And that’s why Colgate have launched single-use toothbrushes. The blue bead released a minty flavour as the plastic bristles scrub your teeth (no rinsing required) and they’ve apparently come a long way from the little plastic one-use tooth brushes you used be able to buy in public bathrooms of swanky hotels.

Colgate Wish Peppermint Brushes are available from amazon.com and drugstore.com $2.50 for four.

One Night’s Sleep Away From Wrinkle Free Skin.

8 Sep

Chest-A-Peel

Chest-A-Peel’s pillow pads aim to prevent creasing and reduce wrinkles while you sleep – that’s what the advert promised (insert eye-rolling).

I gasped at the picture of said product and laughed, I mean do they think we’re complete morons or something, but still I couldn’t help myself, I did a quick search for reviews because I thought they’d be hilarious. They weren’t. In fact they were praising this device. Still, I didn’t really believe them.

So I got my hands on a Chest-A-Peel Pillow (even the name is all wrong, isn’t it). After enduring many jokes from husbands – jokes which won’t be repeated here but let’s just say the road to beauty isn’t always pretty or sexy – still, undettered I tried said pillow, which involves cushioning it between one’s boobs.

How it works:

When a woman sleeps on her side, the body’s natural weight distribution causes her skin to fold between her breasts. As skin loses resiliency with age, these folds become unsightly wrinkles and permanent creases on her chest.

The patented design of the heart series pad actually prevents the skin folds that occur during typical side-sleep and also actively works to repair existing wrinkles and creases on the chest. The heart-shaped pad actually absorbs the wrinkles that would otherwise develop on your chest while you sleep and protects your décolletage from further damage.

Just apply the pad at bedtime, and by the next morning, you’ll see a noticeable reduction in both the quality and quantity of wrinkles on your chest. Affordable and durable, Chest-A-Peel is for women of all ages, and can be worn as frequently (or infrequently) as desired.

The results

Okay, so pride is a hard boil to swallow but I had to shove it back down my throat and warn it to stay there because this product works and it works quickly. Creasing disappeared and after a few weeks of use my skin was totally unmarked.

See http://chestapeel.co.uk for before and after pics as there are many humiliations I’d go through for beauty but posting pics of my boobs isn’t one of them.

and also, www.chestapeel.com

Price £34.99

Fantastic Friday Finds – Bobbie Brown and Benefit Badgal Mascara Sale

3 Sep

BOBBI BROWN

We blogged about this great product last week and now we’re happy to have tracked down a great deal on the Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo: 2x Gel Eyeliner 3g ( #Black Ink, #Sepia Ink ) + Mini Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush 3pcs
  • Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo:
  • 2x Gel Eyeliner 3g ( #Black Ink, #Sepia Ink )
  • 1x Mini Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush
  • A gel-based, water-proof eyeliner
  • Offers the precision of liquid liner
  • Color stays true for long hours
  • Gives you a subtle to dramatic look
  • Apply with Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush
€44 from http://www.Strawberrynet.com and free postage. Don’t forget to avail of site’s additional discounts.

Full body spray tan €15

There’s something about an instant tan that makes every weekend a little more special, and this is one of the best deals I’ve come across.

Visit carter beauty, Dublin, see link below for details

http://www.carterbeauty.ie

Benefit Badgal Lash Mascara – Black

€13.99 Free  shipping with http://www.cdwow.ie

Bold makeup looks for Camilla’s 2010 show

3 Sep

Camilla Franks is famous for her very colourful and beautiful katans, she directed that the  makeup at her 2010 show to be  theatrical so of course she turned to Mr Colour, makeup artist, Napoleon Perdis.

Inside Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Bag. Her must-have proucts.

31 Aug

Did you ever notice how celebrities rarely seem to suffer from the unattractive shiny face us mere mortals do when we’re photographed, Kim says it’s thanks to Blot Film by MAC, “Blottting is a must for every bag. It’s super portable and perfect to touch up my skin – and get rid of the shine”

Kim’s favorite most versatile product is Glam Balm, which she says she uses to tame flyaway hair, moisturise her lips and keep her brows in shape.

I’ve used it too and it’s a much nicer texture than the Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream, though quite a bit more expensive. I do love it too though, it’s also great for cuticles and even feet!

To keep her glow Kim applies a Blushable Creme Stick by NYC New York Colour, “This is a super blendable blush that can act as a lipstick in case I need a touch up,” she says.


Her preferred foundation is Makeup For Ever HD Foundation and Powder and she also regularly uses M.A.C. Zoom Mascara and is a big fan of La Mer The Lip Balm.

Filling in the road map and pot holes left by time – Filextra Facial Revolumnizing.

28 Aug

The claim:

FILEXTRA ™: Facial Revolumizing Treatment with Collagen is an all-over facial moisturiser that helps to plump the appearance of aging skin for a more youthful, toned, radiant appearance.

As the skin ages, loss of natural collagen in the mid-face sink a sunken and hollowed look to the cheek and under eye area and unhealthy, sallow and thin looking skin. These signs are as much an age indicator as wrinkles, dark circles and uneven skin tone. To address this specific anti-aging concern, Good Skin Labs introduces Filextra Facial Revolumizing Treatment with Collagen, to visibly corrects the “mid-face sink” with a potent mix of technologically advanced ingredients

The results:

When I read this product promised to plump up my face I had images of looking like Jordan. But to my surprise the results were instant and not at all Jordon-like.

The product is thick and goes on smooth. After only application my skin glowed as if I was a regular gym goer (sigh) and it looked and felt ultra hydrated.

As the weeks rolled on my skin appeared more toned and taut, but most importantly I’m happy to report that the area under my sunken under eyes was filled out, so much so that people began to comment how well rested I was looking.

Vegan Beauty Products

25 Aug

Be Fine, the vegan skin care line is an exciting addition to the organic skincare market.

In the past my problem with organic or natural products is that although I expect them to feel nice and even smell nice, I don’t actually expect them to ‘do’ very much, yet there’s a huge market for natural skin care.

Why?

Because the active ingredients are derived from plants ingredients. The warming clay mask’s heat comes not from chemicals, but from cardamom and kaolin, a natural clay with drawing and oil-absorbing properties. And the exfoliating cleanser’s oomph comes from sugar cane extract rather than a lab-made exfoliant.  For many people who have sensitive skin, or who are recovering from various illnesses and want to ensure everything they put into their body is natural, these are a fantastic choice.

For me, I like to mix and match between the natural products like the Be Fine exfoliants and then use an anti-aging cream that has been proven in a lab to WORK!

Unlike many other organic ranges Be Fine is very well priced, whether it be eye cream, face wash, moisturizer, intense facial masque, lip treatment or individual-use cleanser pads, no item is more than €25.

Drink yourself beautiful

25 Aug

We all know that beauty comes from the inside but now the beauty industry have taken this quite literally and are bringing drinkable cosmetics to the market.

BORBA Skin Care Products offer drinkable products for different needs from treating acne-prone skin to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, hydrating skin and firming elasticity.

Even the companies we don’t necessarily associate with healthy drinks like Coca-Cola are jumping on the band wagon and developing a tea-based drink with L’Oréal, destined for the beauty shelves.

Similar products in Japan such as the phenomenally popular Nutraceutical drinks are one of the fastest growing areas of their drinks industry.

There is no debate that what we put into our body is reflected in our skin and bodies and I’ve no doubt these cosmetic drinks will be huge. These products are not yet available in Ireland so I’ll be sticking to Aloe Vera juice and water, both help to rebuild and maintain the skin.

Best on-line beauty stores with worldwide delivery.

22 Aug

On pay day I used love nothing more than skipping into an upmarket department store to sample the delights at the cosmetic counters, but over the years some haughty sales people staffing these counters have turned it into a fairly traumatising experience.

You know the type, they look you up and down, are snippy and condescending when they realise you’re not going to buy a 200euros tub of face-cream without sampling it and I don’t just mean a dab on the back of my hand because that’s about as helpful as lawnmower. I need a proper sample, a sachet which will let me test the product at home, when I’ve had a chance to wash off the day’s grime and can investigate the product’s possible merits. Even though the sales person has a drawer of samples, her reply to my request is, ‘sorry, samples only come with purchases’.

If I were purchasing the product I wouldn’t need a sample, I explain, but she gives me one of those withering looks sales people reserve for such annoyances as customers.

In truth, it’s more their tone and bad attitude that kills me, so much so I now do almost all my cosmetic shopping on-line, which is not only cheaper but also more convenient without the chance of being looked down upon.

Here’s my top three on-line cosmetic stores.

No. 1 StrawberryNet
Fantastic selection of well known luxury brand cosmetics. Free shipping world-wide and 5%  discount for purchasing three or more products, the more times you return to this site the greater your discount will be. I use this site for birthday gifts for friends and family living abroad as the site also offer a free gift wrapping service.

www.strawberrynet.com

No. 2 Drugstore

Shop for an extensive selection of great every-day products as well as many American brands which are not freely available here. They also have fragrances, hair care and perfumes. I particularly like their Avalon Organics body moisturiser and Reviva products, which are a little cheaper here than else where.

Delivery to Ireland is now available.

www.drugstore.com

No. 3 Beautyhabit

Hand-picked assortment of the best independent beauty. Free samples are included with every order from this American websites. They also offer an outlet section with 20-30% off and deliver to Ireland.

www.beautyhabit.com

Trendy Treats – we love Bobby Pins Cosmetic bags and accessories

21 Aug

Adore this funky illustrated cosmetic bag by Bobby pin. It also has waterfproof pink lining, great for spillages and wiping clean.

Compact mirror with ‘I’m georgous, dang it’  slogan because sometimes we all need to be reminded, this is perfect gift for your VBP.

Manicure set with hear shaped mirror, tweezers, curtical tool, nail clippers, nail scissors and metal file. 

Available from  http://www.treats4chicks.co.uk/thriftmakeup.htm

Price  – each under €12

Charlize Theron’s favourite in-flight face product

20 Aug

Charlize is a fan of Truth Serum Collagen booster by Ole Henriksen – a vitamin C product which claims to plump up skin and keep blemishes at bay, while anti-oxidants protect from pollution, boost  collagen and promote a flawless complexion.

I thought to myself if this product only lives up to half these claims I’d be bathing in this stuff, irrespective of price, besides I was already a fan of the Ole Henriksen range.

Charlize likes using it on long-haul flights as she jets around the world.

At last, a celebrity who uses something other than Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream when flying, so I was excited to try this. I lathered it on for my drive from Derry to Tipperary, it’s about as long-haul and glamorous as I get right now.

My ‘truth’.

It really is a long ways to Tipperary.

I don’t always take my make-up off after a night out.

I have skin envy.

My Mui Mui wallet is fake.

I have bought weight-loss dvds from infomercials in the middle of the night.

I saw no  immediate results from this products, but I can be a persistent little fecker when I have to be so I continued with the regime.

I’ve almost finished a whole Truth Bottle and I don’t think I’d buy it again because for the price I paid I would have expected to see results.

Instead nada.

The Scent

Presumably it’s the vitamin C which gives the product its very orangey scent, though it’s not a smell I particularly liked because it seemed synthetic and over-powering.

The Pump

I also found the pump dispensed too much product. Even when I distributed it on my neck and chest it still remained sticky and clammy.

I’m a big fan of vitamin C products but I think the levels available in this product are perhaps too low and would work best for those with very sensitive skin. For those of us with lizard skin I’m all for nuclear levels of vitamin C because I need to see results!

Available from Harvey Nichols.

The Award Winner – Bobbie Brown Long-Wear eyeliner.

17 Aug

So, is there any truth behind the hype surrounding the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeline.  It has, afterall, won “Elle” ‘Genius Award’, “In Style” ‘Best Beauty Buy’,  “Allure” ‘Reader’s Choice Award’,  and it has just come back under my radar as I’ve read Amy Winehouse uses it.

I used to use a pencil eye-liner (Clinique), so I thought it would be difficult to get used to a gel-liner applied with a brush, but this is even simpler than a pencil, goes on easily, blends well for layering or smoking out and the gel last so much longer.  Though I’m not very skilled at eye-liner application it’s easy to control a thin line.

I’ve even  put it through the gym test, impressively – after a four mile run it didn’t smug.  Not even a little.  The rest of me looked a mess but my eyes looked perfect! (Not that I usually wear make-up running, oh God who am I kidding, I wear a little concealer over my sun-block because you just know the one day you leave the house looking like you’ve been dragged through a ditch you’ll bump into him – the ex.  No judgement, please.  And yes, I also wear waterproof mascara, even when I go to the pool. )

But back to the product – I also love the new a/w colour – forest shimmer ink.  Try it, I know you’ll love it.

Purchase from : Brown Thomas

Price: Under €20