- €36 for 120ml
- “Real skin” like finish & great for use on the body
- Light but buildable coverage & waterproof
- Dewy finish
I’m in love with stippling brushes and was always sceptical of the beauty blender sponge as I’ve never really liked sponges…Until the lovely Bobby gifted me a beauty blender. It’s AMAZING, absolutely amazing.
The sponge expands when wet and sheers down heavy foundations so they are more easily blended; in particular it works great with heavy foundations like Illamasqua Rich Liquid, Vichy Dermablend and Estee Lauder Double Wear.
Available from: http://www.misebeauty.com/makeup/tools/brushes/beauty-blender-sponge-duo-set which ships all over Ireland
These balms are HUGE in the blogesphere, I finally got my hands on one – they’re so super cute in person. I got the Tangerine one. I haven’t seen them in Ireland but they are €5.75 on Beauty Emporium with a flat €2 shipping fee – free shipping for all of June , or Mise beauty has them too;
Eos lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Antioxidant-rich vitamin E formula, with soothing shea butter and jojoba oil. Gluten-free Paraben-free Petrolatum-free Phthalate-free.
I was so impressed with this lip balm, the moisture really does last, you get a ton of product in the little sphere, application is fun and novel & they’re lovely to carry around in your handbag. Some of them also contain SPF & there are several flavours to choose from. 100% worth it in my opinion.
It’s not often I like to write a post completely trashing a product & suggesting it’s of no worth to anyone whatsoever but in this case, I feel justified. I was going out the other night and realized I didn’t have a set of lashes to wear & decided to try the ones from the May Glossy Box - Eldora False Eyelashes – from £3.90.
I’m surprised I wasn’t permanently blinded to be quite honest. After applying them, my first impression was of how heavy they were, they had a particularly thick, rigid seam & were so heavy my eyes kept watering – they were completely distorting my vision. Worst of all was the glue which wasn’t working at all and where I tried to re-stick them a number of times, it left my eyes with sore red patches & sealed up my eye liner so it began flaking off & couldn’t be touched up properly.
In the end I took them off at my friends house as I just couldn’t see & he applied a lovely Ardell set, really thin seam & lovely effect €1.50 from eBay. Just to wrap up; I wouldn’t recommend these lashes to anyone; the glue just doesn’t work and where it gets a build up on skin can leave it very sore and irritated. I’ll put a pic below of the set Eoin put on, I had the joy of having my make-up touched up by an Illamasqua make-up artist after the eyelash debacle so it wasn’t all bad :)
So…I feel like I’ve been keeping this a secret from you guys; I’ve been using 0.25% Retin-A for a good few months and wanted to do a review on it. When I was a child I had two accidents that left me with two scars on either cheek and above one scar I have some enlarged open pores which really bother me; one of the scars is indented. Covering these with primers, concealers etc has been a mission of mine for years & I’ve also had dermal fillers but wanted to augment the treatment.
You need a doctors perscription for Retin-A and it comes in a large tube mine was about €40 and there are different strengths available – up to 2%. I have no blemishes usually and dry skin, it is frequently prescribed for acne, scarring and ageing. For me it’s had great results with a few slight downsides.The mechanism of Retin-A is to peel your skin basically revealing new skin underneath. Here’s the deal;
But….This stuff is amazing. It works. I had some expression lines & a slight frown line appearing on my forehead – they’re gone, 100% gone. On the rest of my face it’s improved the tone and texture of my skin, really refining it. On the indented scar I have to say it had a dramatic impact – so much so that I can now really appreciate it after a few months use. It also improved the less visible scar however it did nothing to refine the open pores on my cheek in my opinion.
Once you stop using it and your skin can recover a bit you can really see the difference, when my skin was at breaking point I stopped using it and went & re-purchased a bottle of Trilogy Oil & the much loved Oilatum Natural Face Repair cream made famous by the Pixiwoo sisters and after even a week of using both; the moisture level had dramatically improved. Some final tips;
Since I don’t have acne prone skin this is from the perspective of someone with dry skin using it to reduce scarring & the suggestions may not be applicable to you. I’ve never used it on my eyes so can’t comment on that either, but I know some who do & have had great results with fine lines.
I have two scars on my cheeks from childhood, one is indented & the other is a line scar. As they occur just under my eyes, I’m very self conscious of them and always feel like they cause me to look overly tired & give the appearance of 2 lines extending down my cheeks.
I have tried probably every primer on the market and concealer available to cover them & last year I decided to try some dermal fillers – I went to the Arasys Clinic in Cork. They offer beauty & aesthetic treatments; including microdermabrasion, peels, laser treatments, dermal fillers, botox, derma frac etc. I booked a free consultation with their doctor Michael Flynn who is there weekly for a fillers & botox clinic. I haven’t come across anywhere else in Cork that provides a free consultation, most are €50 or €30 for the consultation alone.
After an initial chat and examination of my face to see if the scars were suitable for treatment with fillers Michael suggested with go with some Restylene & Radiesse over a period of two sessions one in October & one in December to see how they would respond. Restylene is a gel filler that stimulates your own natural collagen production so it would increase the likelihood that my skin would start some natural regeneration while also plumping out the scarred area. After the discussion with Michael the manager Lorraine (who is lovely) came in to discuss the price and suggested a price of €185 per session giving me a discount as I’m still a student – so €370 in total instead of €400. Michael was also kind enough to put in some Restylene Vital into my cheeks as bonus on the top layer for a natural look.
The initial time I had no idea what to expect so I’ll list some tips below. It’s actually very quick & painless, it’s similar to an eyebrow wax in a sense where you might get a tear or two but it’s over very quickly. With the Restylene there’s no need for any numbing cream as it doesn’t really hurt & the needles are extremely fine, however if you’re worried you can ask for it. I bruise quite easily so I had a little bruising and swelling for a few days. The second time however I had no bruising at all as I used Arnica beforehand.
I was thrilled with my results – it made a natural looking but clear improvement in my opinion and added some volume to my cheeks which really helped with the tired look that I think the scars cause. I feel for the price it was a great result especially as fillers have a reputation for being expensive. The Restylene lasted a good six months for me; I visited Arasys again today & this time I opted for the Filler Sculptra to see if that would make a further improvement – I’ll post a few of this with before & after pictures soon. Some tips;
Link to Arasys website: http://www.arasys.ie/index.php - 021 427 8722
So let me just put it out there, I have a love/hate relationship with Benefit, I went through a period of loving all their kits and buying them before starting to realise their products are only average and seem to rely on retro packaging and a lot of hype to promote them. Out of the 3 miniatures pictured above I would not buy the full size of any of them. At the moment however, I do really like the Georgia face powder to set my make-up…which they’ve discontinued.
I am a total primer junkie and with some enthusiasm I tried the Porefessional – what can I say, it doesn’t cover or make pores invisible, it doesn’t layer well and when make-up is applied over it – it goes patchy! I put some NARS Sheer Glow on today with some MAC Studio Fix concealer in a few areas and it went very strangely patchy which I can only attribute to the primer. Fail!
That Gal primer came in the concealaholic set and let me tell you what it doesn’t do; it doesn’t brighten your complexion, it doesn’t increase the wear time of foundation, it doesn’t even out skin tone, in fact it doesn’t really do anything. A complete wasted step in my make-up routine I’ve found.
Finally, the High Beam, I’ve mixed this with foundation, I’ve stippled it over the high points of my face, I’ve tried patting it on my cheek bones – again I don’t see why people love this so much, it does nothing for me and seems to have little to no staying power or luminescence for that matter.
I wanted to do a quick post on this – I was staying with a friend for a few days in Waterford recently and with the onset of the nice weather I decided I had to get a spray tan…and then a few other things too! My friend introduced me to Lulu Belle Beauty and I really did think this salon deserved a review. In the end I wound up getting;
I was so impressed with this salon; the owner Louise is lovely she took such good care of me & did all my treatments. I have to say I think the salon offered such great value for money, everything was cheaper than in Cork & they had Caron wax which was super gentle compared to…some other experiences I’ve had. It was my first Karora tan and I’m especially picky about tans, St.Tropez is too orange, Fake Bake is funny on me too, the Karora smelled lovely & developed into a lovely golden colour on my skin & is still on!
I’m a bit picky about salons to be honest, Lulu Belle offer Nimue facials which always makes me like a place a bit more as they’re some of my favourite peels. I snapped a pic with my iPhone while I was there & will link the facebook below. http://www.facebook.com/LuluBelleBeautyWaterford - the prices and special offers are seriously unreal – well worth a visit if you’re looking for innovative & quality products and all round excellent service in a relaxed and friendly environment.