Monthly Archives: June 2013

Big Fan! – Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette Review

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes

An oldie but a goodie as my mam would say. I think I’m on my fourth set of Benefit’s Big Beautiful Eyes. It’s just my failsafe, go to for my eyes. I think the colours are so flattering and soft and they go on lovely.  The palette contains three shades to highlight and sculpt eyes. It also contains a pan of Benefit Bo-ing concealer in shade 2.

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Nail of the Week – Yellow Nails Anyone?

In her new video Jennifer Lopez wears yellow lipstick nonetheless! Now yellow lipstick is a bit out there for me, imagine turning up at the office with that on! But JLo also has yellow nails in the vid as well, which is a bit more up my street. It’s probably not something I’d wear really often so I opted for a budget yellow polish. I picked up the Essence Colour to Go Polish in 27 below, which was just €1.50. Of course I couldn’t stop at just a colour and had to add an accent nail with Barry M Confetti polish in Sour Apple.

Check out my pinterest board of yellow inspiration here.

Essence Colour To Go 137

Essence Colour To Go 27

Accent Nail Barry M Confetti Sour Apple

Accent Nail Barry M Confetti Sour Apple

 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Great Face Brushes

Great Face Brushes

The brush you use with your base makes such a difference to how your foundation looks and lasts. For years I never really appreciated a good foundation brush and applied my foundation with – *gasp*– my fingers.

My first foray in the foundation brush world was my trusty Bobbi Brown flat foundation brush which I’ve had for almost 10 years. Though I have to say a flat brush wouldn’t be my go to brush for foundation. It’s good for placing product where you want to blend it but not the best for blending itself. If I am blending with a flat brush I hold it at the end and move the tip in light circles across my face to spread the product.

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La Roche Posay – Rosaliac Micellar Cleansing Gel

La Roche Posay Rosalic Cleanser

La Roche Posay Rosaliac Cleanser

Oh no no no, La Roche Posay, just no! I’ll start this review post with a disclaimer… I LOVE La Roche Posay, I am a big big fan of theirs. I have been rotating a Hydraphase moisturiser and a Rosaliac moisturiser for about six years and love them both.

I’ve been trying to calm my skin down recently after hearing I was developing Rosacea (experience the panic here). I spotted this Rosaliac Micellar Make Up Removal Gel and thought the Rosaliac moisturiser really helps my skin so this might do the trick as well. I was also intrigued by the word Micellar because of all the talk of Micellar waters. So I forked out €16 for it.

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Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick

Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Shade 16

Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Shade 16

It’s a bit of an out there confession for a beauty blogger but I’ll have to admit I’m not mad into lipstick. I probably talk and eat so much I find lipstick a bit high maintenance! :) I’d say I only own a handful of lipsticks but a bajillion lip glosses.

I was browsing in my local pharmacy recently and much to my wallets annoyance everything on their Rimmel stand was half price. I can’t resist a bargain so I stocked up on essentials such as loose powder and I picked up a few new bits to try. I got this lipstick as part of my haul. It caught my eye as I liked the packaging and it’s a cute colour.

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Nail of the Week – Maybelline Polka Dot!

This weeks nail of the week was a complete impulse purchase on a budget splurge in Superdrug. I’m starting to get into nail art but will be the first to admit it’s not my strong point. It usually involves glitter all over the apartment and smudgy lines galore.

This polish appealed to me as it gives a nail art effect without the hard work! Below is the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot polish in Rain Forest Canopy. It takes about 3 coats to get this finish. This only cost €4 which is really good value for the end result.

Click here for my Pinterest Pinboard of inspirations in this colour palette!

Maybelline Rain Forest Canopy

Maybelline Rain Forest Canopy

Nailofthe Week Bottle

 

Philosophy Microdelivery Peel – Super DIY Facial

Philosophy Microdelivery Peel

Philosophy Microdelivery Peel

As part of my one woman mission to tackle pigmentation I was doing some research on home treatments for brightening skin. This  Philosophy Microdelivery Peel gets some great reviews but it ain’t a cheap solution at €75. I’ve been getting a bit desperate to fix my skin so I decided I’d make the investment.

Now the word peel always freaks the bejesus out of me as it brings to mind acidic chemicals and a raspberry red face. But I have since learned there are very gentle fruit and lactic acid based peels that can suit even sensitive skin.  The Philosophy Peel is mainly based on Vitamin C and Lactic/Salicylic Acid and contains two steps.

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Beauty Storage – Neat and Tidy!

All neat and tidy!

All neat and tidy!

Hi my name’s Sarah and I’m a self-confessed neat freak. My mam is super tidy, she once tried to pick my runner up off the floor when my foot was in it –  true story, ha ha, sorry mam, love you! I always used to slag her about it when I was younger but it’s true, you do turn into your mother. In fact mam now claims that I am worse than her and she’s probably right.

My neat obsession extends to the organising of my beauty stash. I store my everyday beauty essentials in my Muji storage below. The Muji storage is just great. You can buy different bits that are stackable and they’re made of plain Perspex so you can see everything in them. I have a piece with two wide drawers and on top of this I stack the piece with one closed in drawer and one with the flip top lid. The one with the flip top lid is handy because I stand my face creams, lip balms etc. on this as you can see.

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Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set

Ah I love me a bit of Urban Decay! Ever since the Naked palette exploded, I’ve been trying more and more of their products. I bought this Smoked Eyeliner set on sale in Debenhams for about €30. I think I bought this in April, so I’m not sure it’s still available but all of the shades are available separately so it’s worth a look!

The eyeliners are called 24/7 Glide on Eyepencils. They do last well but I’m not sure that you’d get the full 24 hours out of them. They’ll definitely last a night out on the town. I’m nervous about eyeliner as I wear contact lenses so sometimes my eyes can be watery. But these eyeliners last really well with minimal smudging. They do take some effort to remove. You’ll need a good eye makeup remover to get these off.

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Nail Colour of the Week – Rimmel-Essence

This weeks Nail Colour of the Week comes from one of my favourite nail polishes, Rimmel 60 Seconds. I know it’s a cheap as chips polish but I think it outlasts some of the more pricey brands. Below is the 60 second polish in How Do You Lilac It? A lovely pastel shade for summer. I got a bit carried away and decided to add a bit of sparkle. The top coat is an Essence Special Effect Nail Topper, in Glitter on Me.

Rimmel 60 Second -  Do You Lilac It?

Rimmel 60 Second – How Do You Lilac It?

Essence Special Effects Nail Topper - Glitter on Me

Essence Special Effects Nail Topper – Glitter on Me