Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

Well I’m probably the last person to the party on this product but I just couldn’t help but share my two cents on it. Ever since I discovered Caroline Hirons, my aim has been to seriously up my skincare game. I try to have a few cleansers on the go at once ranging from lotions to oils to balms. I picked this up on my holidays back in May after reading about its cult status.

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Sunday Catchup!

Sunday Catchup

Hi peeps Happy Sunday, hope you’re having a nice relaxing day! In this weekly post 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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Well my brows are a little unruly and I heard friends rave about the Benefit Gimme Brow but I think it’s just a little too pricey. When I saw this similar product Brow This Way from Rimmel I knew I had to try it out. It does a great job but my only gripe is that the wand needs to be about half the size.

I’ve seen such great reviews of Ziaja Skincare that I knew I had to give the Sensitive range a try. I trialled the Sensitive Face and Body Cleanser which I think is a great dupe for the Cetaphil cleanser. I also tried the Enzyme Peeling Mask which is a very close contender for my favourite Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. You can read my full review here.

Blog posts I’ve loved this week…

If you’re not familiar with the Irish company Nima Brush you should be! It’s a great range of brushes lovingly developed by owner Niamh Martin. Niamh is just about to release a brand new collection of beautiful brushes called The Artistic Collection. Lisa at Pink Sugar attended the launch of the collection this week and wrote a lovely post capturing the hard work Niamh has put into her beautiful new range.

I love having a snoop at what’s in other peoples makeup bags and this week Danielle over at LilliWhiteRose showed us what she brings in her travel makeup bag. I loved her picks and definitely agree on the Wet n Wild palette and the Rimmel concealer. I really want to try one of the MAC pro longwear blushes.

Makeup Monster herself wrote a great post about the current products she’s trialling. I can’t wait to hear how she’s getting on with the Neoastrata Pigment Controller as I’m constantly looking for a new product to tackle my pigmentation. I can second the love for the La Roche Posay Hydraphase Masque, it’s a great skin saviour!

What I didn’t buy this week…

I was very good and bought nothing this week, whoop! But it’s just a temporary break as I’m saving my money for the Pro Beauty Show which is happening on the 5th and 6th October in the RDS. I have no doubt I will be picking up a few bits at that!

Well that was another blogging and beauty week! Hope you had a good one xx

Ziaja Skincare – Sensitive Peeling Mask & Cleansing Gel

Ziaja Skincare Sensitive Range

Ziaja Skincare Sensitive Range

My local pharmacy has a big range of the Ziaja Skincare. It’s a Polish brand that is really affordable. The packaging is nothing fancy but that’s because they focus all their effort on the quality of the product than to the wrapping. Their ethos is ‘focus on skin’ which is what you really want from a skincare brand.

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Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel Review

rimmel brow this wayI was tempted by the Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel as a friend raved about the Benefit Gimme Brow and I figured this could be a budget dupe. I’ve always filled my brows with powder as I feel I have more control over it. I know people love a strong brow but I prefer when they don’t look too overdone, so I was a bit worried how strong this might look. Here’s how I got on with it.

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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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On Tuesday I wrote about the relatively new Image Skincare Iluma Lightening Serum. I have been trialling this for seven weeks now and I think it’s a great pick if your skin is prone to rosacea, It helps calm and soothe skin.  It didn’t make a massive difference to the pigmentation in my skin though.

I’ve been thinking about some of my beauty blogger habits which is why I wrote my Confessions of a Beauty Blogger post on Thursday. A lot of my fellow bloggers have agreed with me so I’m glad to know I’m not alone!

Blog posts I’ve loved this week…

If you haven’t heard about the arrival of Charlotte Tilbury in Ireland where have you been hiding?! Her range is a treat for the eyes and all the reviews I’ve seen so far say the products are fab quality. Nurse Fancy Pants herself Chloe wrote a great review about the FilmStar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt & Highlighter which I think might be my favourite product I’ve seen. The packaging is a sight to behold!

Emeraldeyeliner wrote a great post about the Classic Stila Convertible Colour. She has some collection of them and the post made me want them all! I think I’ll have to pick up Peach Blossom very soon.

What I bought this week…

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I was very budget conscious this week as I’m getting paid soon. Dealz do some great branded cosmetic offers and every so often you can luck out with some really good products. I managed to get a Rimmel Apocalips and Scandaleyes Liquid Shadow for just €1.49 each when each would normally be about €7 each. Bargain!

Well that was another blogging and beauty week! Hope you had a good one xx

Confessions of a Beauty Blogger!

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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