Everyone knows that Urban Decay produce some of the best eyeshadows a girl can get her hands on. I think I have at least five palettes and a few singles knocking around my stash. But if you pushed me to pick my second favourite product it would have to be their 24/7 eyeliners. I have quite a stash of these as you can see (bronzey brown Smog is my favourite!) so I was very excited when Urban Decay kindly sent me their new 24/7 waterline eyeliner for review, I did a lot of oohing and ahhing when I opened the package.
I love itty bitty gifts! Similar to the way beauty advent calendars have rocketed in popularity this year we’re also inundated with beauty ornaments, crackers and other christmassy trinkets. I’m a sucker for a Christmas gimmick though so obviously I want them all! So I’ve scoured all the shops and I’ve picked my top beauty stocking fillers from the large bunch.
Christmas is going to be here in just a few weeks, it’s hard to believe. I am drastically under prepared, I have not bought one single present yet, starting to panic! A week or so ago I brought you my gift guide for around the €50 mark here. Today I’ve had more fun with virtual window shopping and am bringing you my gift guide for under €30. Maybe this will actually inspire me to start shopping!
I don’t regularly write favourites posts as sometimes I’m just a creature of habit and sometimes I forget to properly appreciate some of the new products to join my stash. But I had a real bumper month in October, mainly because it was my birthday so I have a few new favourites to add to my collection.
Agghhhhh it’s that time again! I’m so excited, I know loads of people aren’t big on Christmas but I just love it. It’s a real fun, cosy, warm the feet by the fire, family focussed time of year. One big part of course is the gifts! Every year I look forward to seeing everything that’s new in beauty land for Christmas and bringing you my pick of the Christmas beauty gifts. I’ll start at the higher end of the budgets this week and work towards the last minute stocking fillers. Below are my picks of the gifts for €50 or under…
I was very sad when I recently ran out of my beloved Pixi Glow Tonic, it’s not the easiest thing to get your hands on, which is just testament to its brilliance. It’s now available in Marks and Spencer but any time I’ve been in it’s been sold out. I spoke to one of the girls working there and she said the stock is usually gone 30 minutes after they put it out! I was wandering through Boots recently and saw they had these Nip Fab Extreme glycolic pads on offer, so I decided I’d give these a try instead of Glow Tonic for a change.
I’m a bit obsessed with cleansers at the moment, I find I’m drawn to them when I’m out shopping lately but I definitely don’t need any more! It’s getting into colder weather and I’m really relying on cleansers to help keep my skin feeling moisturised and supple. My skin gets very dry and sensitive in the winter months so I need a good cleanser that won’t irritate my skin. Here are some of my top cleanser picks for winter.
Well bank holiday Monday was very productive for me. I spent the day blogging and organising my dressing table. Now that everything is nice and clean I thought I’d give you a peek at how my day to day makeup and skincare is organised. On my dresser I have the things I tend to reach for more frequently and then I have a messy jumble of boxes and bags with all my other makeup and skincare bits. I badly need to get a new system for the long-term stash. This post is very picture heavy obviously so you can take a peek.
Well I’m a lip gloss girl through and through. I know it’s not very beauty blogger of me but I rarely wear lipstick and when I do it tends to be a lipgloss/lipstick hybrid such as my favourite Soap and Glory Sexy Motherpucker gloss sticks. Recently I have also been absolutely loving the Catrice Made to Stay Lip Polish but sadly they have been discontinued Every cloud has a silver lining though as the peeps at Catrice sent me this new Shine Appeal Fluid lipstick in shade 07 ‘Better Make a Mauve’ to try.
I got quite excited when I received this because as soon as I opened it, it reminded me of one of my favourite lipglosses of all time. I have a Chanel lipgloss that I’ve had longer than I’d like to admit and I save it for special use because I’m afraid it’s going to run out. They don’t make the shade anymore so I closely guard it. So I squealed a little when I opened this because it was so similar as you can see. The Catrice gloss has a slightly more pink tone to it but it’s close enough for me!
It turns out the similarities don’t end there as the glosses are of a similar quality. The Catrice one has a very glossy look but feels more creamy on lips than sticky. This has fairly good staying power but most glosses don’t have much longevity. I would say this is a gloss in it’s truest sense, I’m not sure what ‘Fluid Lipstick’ implies but I might have expected something not quite as glossy. That doesn’t take away from it’s loveliness as a gloss as you can see below.
The Catrice Shine Appeal Fluid Lipstick closely matches my Chanel gloss both in colour and quality but obviously for a much smaller price tag of €4.49. I’ll definitely be adding a few of these to my already too massive gloss collection! There are eight shades available on Catrice counters in pharmacies nationwide now.
Look I know it’s early and we shouldn’t be saying the C word until after Halloween but the unfortunate reality is the beauty world started launching festive gifts at least a month ago and there are advent calendars-a-plenty! I don’t know what it is about a beauty advent calendar but they just make me a bit giddy! I feel the same excitement as I did about the chocolate ones as a kid – actually that’s a lie, I still feel the same about the chocolate ones as well. There’s just something lovely about not knowing what you’re going to get and having a little surprise every day for the month of December. Here are some of my favourites of the advent releases this year, with picks for all budgets…