Confessions of a Beauty Blogger!

confessions

Well I’ve done a few things recently that made me wonder if I’m going to turn into crazy beauty blogger lady! Beauty bloggers (and other bloggers) are usually a dedicated bunch but the reason we’re so dedicated is that we’re a little bit obsessed by our chosen topic. That got me thinking to some of the weird things you do as a beauty blogger that have just become normal. I hope I am not the only one who does some of these things!

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Image Skincare Iluma Intense Lightening Serum Review

Iluma Intense Lightening Serum

Iluma Intense Lightening Serum

I’m having a bit of a battle with my skin over the last while. Unfortunately as the years pass my rosacea is getting a little worse and I find I’m getting patches of pigmentation on my face. I’ve tried a few ‘dark spot’ creams with little success and I’m always on the lookout for new solutions. When I first heard of this serum it sounded just perfect for my skin issues. The Iluma Serum is specifically formulated to target both redness and pigmentation which are my two biggest skin issues. I have been using the serum for eight weeks now so I feel ready to report on the longer term effects.

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NOTW: Models Own Polish for Tans – Shades!

I know it’s September but I am not quite letting go of the summer feeling yet. I had been lusting after the Models Own Polish for Tans collection all summer but couldn’t seem to find them anywhere! I was over in England and I spied one left on a stand and it was the Shades shade.This is a gorgeous pink toned neon. It goes on totally opaque in two coats, I know this will be fab on toes as well but that may have to wait until next summer. I really want to pick up the Beach Bag shade in this range as well. The polishes cost €7.65 but are really worth it if you want a final hit of summer!

Models Own Polish for Tans Shades

Models Own Polish for Tans Shades

Models Own Polish for Tans Shades

Models Own Polish for Tans Shades

 

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette – Hot Spice!

Makeup Revolution Hot Spice.jpg openWell if you haven’t heard me talk about Makeup revolution where have you been hiding? It’s a great range of quality but very affordable cosmetics. I’ve made two fairly large hauls and this blush palette is one of my favourite purchases.

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Sunday Catchup!

Sunday Catchup

Welcome to the Sunday Catchup! Here I’ll give you a quick run through of what I’ve been writing about, other blog posts I’ve enjoyed and any beauty bits I’ve bought!

What I’ve been writing about this week…

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I was seriously impressed with the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. It really brightens up the eye are and covers dark circles. I also found it soothing and moisturising. It’s a real winner in my book!

Sleek have introduced a new range of Love Gel Nails polishes. I picked the Revolver shade as I think it’s a nice neutral shade for Autumn. The polish isn’t massively shiny but it lasts really well.

Last but not least I wrote about the brilliance of the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki brush! This brush is a great addition to any handbag. You can use it to apply powder, bronzer and highlighter and it’s kept nice and hygienic.

Blog posts I’ve loved this week…

Andreea over at Your Beauty wrote a great post about her favourite photo editing apps. I’m trying to improve my photography on the blog so I will definitely be checking some of them out. At the moment I just use Picasa to do some basic cropping, I need to up my game!

Like many beauty bloggers I love Temptalia for really detailed and high quality swatches of products. Christine posted the new Rihanna Viva Glam Swatches on Friday, the browny coloured lipstick and lipgloss really don’t appeal to me, even Christine herself looks a little unsure! She also posted about the MAC Rocky Horror Show collection which everyone is very excited about!

What I bought this week…

Ritz Carlton Powerscourt Pool

Powerscourt Hotel Pool

Well I didn’t buy any products as such but I did buy a beauty experience! I treated myself to a spa day in the Espa spa in the Powerscourt Hotel (previously owned by the Ritz Carlton). I reviewed this spa here last year and I’m happy to say that the standard hasn’t changed one bit. I had a blissful aromatherapy massage, facial and lunch all for the bargain price of €120 – this is their great value September Slumber package which I highly recommend. The spa is so relaxing and has beautiful views of the Sugarloaf Mountain from the relaxation area and ladies thermal suite.

So that was another beauty and blogging week, hope you enjoyed yours xx

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush

You can’t beat a brush from Real Techniques. I love their brushes because they are the perfect mixture of style and substance. They look great but they also do the job perfectly. Their Expert Face Brush is the best foundation brush I have ever used and I’m really loving the multi-task brush from the Sam’s picks collection.

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NOTW: Sleek Loves Gel Nails – Revolver

Well you might have noticed that I recently got a bit carried away in Superdrug and bought one product too many. I don’t regret buying this one though! Sleek have a new range of gel effect polishes and they are very pretty. As we’re heading into Autumn I bought this neutral taupey grey shade called Revolver. The colour goes on totally opaque in two coats. It’s not as shiny as other gel polishes I’ve tried but it does have a lovely finish and it lasts really well. I’ve had it on three days with no sign of wear yet. This polish cost me £4.99 (€6.30) but I think it is good value for the quality of the polish.

Sleek Loves Gel Nails Revolver

Sleek Loves Gel Nails Revolver

Sleek Loves Gel Nails Revolver close up

Sleek Loves Gel Nails Revolver POlish

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Occasionally a product comes into my life that makes me wonder why I haven’t found it sooner! I read a few reviews of this recently but it was Pink Elephant Blogs comparison with YSL Touche Eclat that had me sold. My local chemist had a 25% off offer recently so it would have been foolish not to have picked this up!

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Sunday Catchup!

Sunday Catchup

Welcome to the Sunday Catchup! Here I’ll give you a quick run through of what I’ve been writing about, other blog posts I’ve enjoyed and any beauty bits I’ve bought!

What I’ve been writing about this week…

this week

This week I took a little trip over to England to visit a friend of mine. So on Monday I wrote about the pain of packing Carry On Cosmetics. It’s such a pain trying to whittle down your stash but I don’t think I did too badly!

I knew I’d be away for a few days so I decided to use my Essence Gel Nail Kit to do my nails. It means I get about 5 days chip free and I can just peel the polish off. I used the lovely Essie Romper Room with the Maybelline Brocade polish in knitted Gold.

I went a bit mad over in England and spent a little too much in Superdrug! I know I can buy most of the products here but I got carried away because I was on my holidays!

Blog posts I’ve loved this week…

Samantha over at All The Buzz wrote a great post about getting more people to read your blog here. It’s got some great tips for anybody just starting out. I don’t get crazy views on my blog but I just love that anybody at all is reading it! My main tip to get more readers is to be passionate about your blog. If you are passionate about your blog that will shine through in your content and people will really want to read it.

Total Makeup Addict herself Aisling, wrote a great post here about private label makeup brands. I’m a little uncomfortable about the idea of private labelling, I just feel if I was setting up a makeup brand I would want the product itself to be original as opposed to just the packaging. It’s not to say the makeup is bad quality but I just prefer brands where I know the brand has done all the product development.

What I bought this week…

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I bought so much this week that I dedicated a full post to it here. Despite feeling guilty for spending so much I really like everything that I bought so far!

So there you have it – my blogging and beauty week. Hope you enjoyed your week xx

Superdrug Haul!

superdrug haul all

I was over in lovely Bury St Edmunds in England recently visiting a friend of mine. She laughed when I told her one of the things I wanted to do was go to Superdrug! I was hoping they might stock Makeup Revolution, they didn’t in the one I went to unfortunately but I still managed to get stuck in buying! My justification for spending was because I was on holiday ha ha, my theory made no sense as you can buy everything I bought here but I don’t care! Here’s what I bought…

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