LiLash Purified Eyelash Stimulator works, but at what cost.

23 Sep

The good news is this product works, in only two and half weeks I was seeing results – longer, glossier thicker lashes.

The bad news.

It began to irritate my skin, it was only a mild irritation and itch but enough for me to look into the ingredients which is what I should have done before I tried this product. It contains Prostaglandin, the possible side effect from this chemical include eye colour change. What was even more worrying was the fact that it contains a preservative called methylchloroisothiazalinone. In high concentrations this could cause chemical burns and it is a skin and membrane irritant, thus the pigmentation changes.

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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.

Beauty Boffin’s Bargain Find: Nail Inc. pedicure set reduced from €75 to €31

17 Sep

Sole Patrol, the ultimate treat for beautiful feet.

This fun and fabulous collection includes everything a customer could need for a luxurious at home pedicure.

Full size Mexican lime heel balm – in gorgeous brand new packaging

Mini Eaton exfoliator – gives you super smooth feet in an instant

Harley street ridge filling base coat – perfect for toes

Draycott place bright orange red nail polish

Chelsea park gardens neon coral nail polish – limited edition

The vale pure plum nail polish – limited edition

Toe separators

REDUCED FROM:

€75.80 €31.75

The Beauty Boffin’s review of Nivea ‘Good-bye Celluite – 10 Day Serum’.

16 Sep

I’m not sure how it happened but overnight my legs were hit by a meteor shower of cellulite. So I’m almost glad the Summer is over because I can pull myself away from the impulse to buy every beauty product with the term ‘cellulite treatment’ written on the bottle.

The first product I bought back in June was Nivea ‘Good-bye Celluite’. 10 Day Serum.

I loved the name and also loved the fact that it was a serum. When I first used this product I got very excited because it has the most divine scent, possibly the Lotus extract, it’s both uplifting and luxurious, as is the texture. It goes on easily, almost velvety, thought I found I had to be quite generous with the application to cover my thighs and I’ve got fairy skinny thighs (think Kermit the frog legs).

I used it daily for ten days but I didn’t see any difference whatsoever, bar the fact that I smelled like a very expensive bar of soap. And what really ticked me off was that by day ten the bottle of serum was empty. I know the label says ‘ten day serum’ but I didn’t actually think that meant there was only enough for ten days.

If this product was cheaper I would buy it simply because of the heavenly scent but I certainly wouldn’t purchase it to treat cellulite. Sigh. The search continues.

The Secret behind flawless Hollywood faces

15 Sep

Amazing Cosmetics concealer

Drew Barrymore says she won’t leave the house without Amazing Cosmetics concealer, this statement alone was enough to polevault me to the computer to order some of this magic potion.

The product’s promise: Say “Au revoir” to dark circles, blemishes, sun damage, broken capillaries, redness and more.

Does it work?

It does, but you have to be really careful when applying it.   A little goes a long way and it’s essential to use a make-up/concealer brush.

Apply pin dot amounts of concealer  at the inside corner of each eye. Three dots in the shape of a triangle is all you’ll need to erase under eye circles.

I found it totally covered dark circles and stayed put all day, even in humid conditions. It didn’t create that dry starchy appearance which sometimes happens with concealer but I had applied eye cream first, when I lent it to someone else to try their experiences were different. They found it dried and caked on their under-eye area.  I think this was because the beauty boffin in question applied too much, but she begs to differ, so the jury is still out on this one. I guess I liked it but I don’t think it lived up to the hype to be honest and I also thought it was  over-priced at forty dollars plus postage.

It is a celebrity favourite because they need a hundred per cent coverage when they’re being consistently snapped by the paps, for us mere mortals I think the cheaper alternatives are just as good.



Paying for the science is worth the money – Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift

14 Sep

Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift.

In truth I would pay all sorts of ridiculous sums of money or even pull out the big guns in the form of my credit card if I was guaranteed that a beauty product would work, that it really would do what it says on the label.  And I too know the disappointment of spending a vast sum of  money on a product which is about as potent and effective on lines as whipped cream, so I don’t say this lightly –  Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift works.

What you’re not paying for is an expensive perfume  or fancy packaging, what you are paying for is scientifically proven ingredients.

I saw this product working immediately, after the first application the fine lines around my eyes began to blur and ultimately dissolve.  It also tightened the skin without causing that drying sensation I’ve experienced with other eye products.

I would not hesitate in buying it again, even at this price, it’s worth every penny and it was no surprise to later learn that this product is a best-seller and recommended by dermatologists.

Price €95

An Orgasm in a Tube – The latest from NARS’ famed Orgasm range

13 Sep

Okay, so this has been available in Brown Thomas for a few months but every time I go to buy it it’s sold out.  This of course just makes me want it more and finally I got my hands on the latest in NARS’ famed Orgasm range, the Orgasm Illuminator is a shimmering pinky-peach highlighter that looks super-sensual and is especially  suited to Irish skin tones.

It doesn’t matter any which way you wear it: as a primer, blush or on your arms, legs and décolleté. Its sheer consistency imparts a light shimmery veil of colour that looks amazing. I prefer it for night time than day but if you’re tanned or darker then it would look sensational for daytime wear as well.

How to use it:

Though the Orgasm Illuminator goes on sheer, its colour is buildable. Using your fingertips, simply pat the colour onto your skin to amplify the shimmery peach colour, stopping only when you’ve reached your desired intensity. Try this on your cheeks and temples for an ultra-modern, drop dead sexy look.

Where to buy it:

Now in stock in Brown Thomas

Price:

€29

Update with purple this season

11 Sep

Purple, violet, lavender, lilac are huge on-trend colours for this season. If you’re not bold enough to wear this colour on your lips then consider it as an eye-shadow. It’s incredibly flattery on every skin tone and colouring, particularly redheads. And is the quickest way to update to your make-up.

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

Are we ready for navy varnish on short nails? See some of the best options.

7 Sep

Navy varnish on short nails (to offset the bold colour) is a major autumn 2010 trend.

Here are some of the best navys available.

Yves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer in Deep Blue


OPI’s Russian Navy

And Chanel Blue Satain.

Navy isn’t going to suit everyone, so maybe try aqua, which is a perfect if you’re just not ready to let go of the Summer or are heading abroad lounging pool side then try:

Nars shimmery Blue Lagoon.

Zoya’s Robyn, a little lighter than Nars, probably more turquoise.

Sephora’s 56 Electric Blue is the cheapest of the bunch and stays true to its name ‘electric’.

For intense saturation try O.P.I.’s No Room for the Blues.

Courtney Love’s stem cell facelift- amazing results.

6 Sep

The singer is said to have been attending a New York based surgeon for non-surgical face-lift treatments called the stem cell facelift, in which a patient’s complexion is revamped using their own grafted fat tissue.

The treatment is not commonly available and is costly but is said to last for  five years, plumps up and tightens the skin and stops the neck from sagging. Anything which is an alternative to using a knife wins favour with me, and it has to be said she looks like a new woman.
See pic below – before surgery.

Cheryl Tweety new Vogue Cover Girl see pic

6 Sep

Doesn’t Cheryl Tweety look amazing on the October cover of Vogue? Vulnerable and seductive all at once.  If there was ever a face that make-up loves this is it, and she’s a perfect example of how false lashes can transform your face from to pretty to stunningly glam.

British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman says Cheryl was a  “trouper” on the set, as she must have been feeling ill because the day after she was diagnosed with malaria.

Is Cheryl the new Princess Diana, or am I the only one who see the similarities?

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.

What products Jennifer Aniston uses to get the Californian Beach Babe Glow

2 Sep

The Californian Glow

To achieve the California glow on her face she uses Chanel Bronzing Powder in Desert Corail, but be warned, this works best on those with an olive or tanned skin, not so great on us Lillie Whites and if we must bronze then apply lightly.

Sun-kissed Hair

She get regular Baby Blond Hairlights. Her colourist mixes shades of blond with more natural sandy tones for a California beach girl look to bring out her green eyes.

Skincare.

She’s a fan of the Epicuren skin care line which is made with a natural, pure ingredient that deliver antioxidants and enzymes, both essential for rejuvenate.

See www.epicuren.com for stockists.

Facials.

She also enjoys a weekly session with her highly trained facialist, alternating between seaweed and oxygen facials to maintain and improve elasticity and texture.

Please pop back for our review of the oxygen facials which Eva Longoria told InStyle magazine she was addicted to!

Step-by-step Guide to Creating Perfect Feline eyes as seen on the A/W 2010 catwalks

2 Sep

  1. Pick up a gel liner, we love Bobbie Brown’s classic for its durability and ease of use.
  2. Select an angular eyebrow brush to create the flick at the outer edge of the eyes.
  3. Rather than sweeping strokes use short but confident movement.
  4. Use a straight line across the lids as opposed to following the curve of the eye.
  5. Create the thicker line at the inner eye and trail it outwards as seen above.
  6. Depending on how dramatic you want the look keep the flick narrow and short or wide and long.
  7. Attach winged lashes, concentrating the mascara at the roots for a throwback to the glam 50s

Meow – Fetching Feline Finds for the eyes A/W 2010 Trend

2 Sep


Sleek hair, strong lips, contour under the cheekbone and feline kohl-rimmed eyes with winged lashes, oh how very A/W 2010.

I think the full feline craze is best left for the catwalks or brave sixteen year olds. I, myself, am trending more towards the sensual black eyeliner as perfected by the original sex bomb Brigitte Bardot, and perhaps I’ll play with a little feline flick for fun Saturday night antics.

Though I also adore how celebrities have interpreted the look, such as the beautiful Christina Hendrick who used light brown shadow to softly turn up the look.

And of course Kate Hudson, who nearly always gets it right.

Just like Nicole Richie who’s famous for her cats eyes

Drop by later for our follow-up step-by-step  tutorial on how to create perfect feline-eyes

Get the Versace Sultry Cat Walk look in three seconds flat.

1 Sep


Switching up the parting of your hair is a simple way to update any style and this is exactly what Guido Palau, renounced hair-stylist, did at the Versace show. In fact it’s a look we’ve often seen on Donatella Versace.

“A deep side-parting nods towards masculinity but with sexy attitude as well,” he explains. But the centre parting is even more sexy, confident and sultry.

For the Versace center-parting look, Guido applied Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-dry Gel then set hair in large rollers for easy volume

Redken Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow-dry Gel is available from http://www.onsalenow.ie and http://www.amazon.com

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.

What hair masks really work

31 Aug

Best for dry, over-processed hair

Nicky Clarke Intensive Treat Conditioner

Perfect for use on holidays when you’re going to let your hair dry naturally, this will decrease frizz and make hair smooth and managable even with minimum or no styling.

Best for fine hair.

Andrew Barton Shiny Happy Hair SOS Help me (Tescos)

Hair becomes finer as we get older, this mask gives hair instant volumn and texture.

Best for Extremly Frizzy, curly or Afro hair

Urban Retreat Afrodisic Deep Treatment (Boots)

This left my tatty curls recoiled and perfect.