Oh I just love using Elemis stuff, it always feels and smells amazing and my latest find is no exception.
In the January sales I snapped up the Elemis Majestic Beauty set just because it was an absolute bargain at €55. It included a host of products such as the Papaya Enzyme Peel which I’ve reviewed here and a full size Melting Cleansing Gel. It also came in a great purple toiletry bag which I’m using to store all my face products I don’t use regularly.
I’ve been feeling far too spendy the last few weeks. Some of my friends are claiming I’ve only started this blog as an excuse to buy myself more stuff, how dare they! Seriously though I probably do need to reign it in a little. But before I do I thought I’d give you a quick peek of my recent haul.
For the first part of my haul I hit up a sale on the Illamasqua website. They were celebrating reaching a milestone on twitter by having a flash sale with 50% off everything, very exciting. I’d been meaning to try Illamasqua for so long, so this was the perfect opportunity. They’re so daring with their makeup and some of the photos they share on their Facebook page are just stunning. So inspirational for me as I tend to play it quite safe. Below is what I picked up:
Avoca in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin is a regular haunt of mine and they are gradually expanding their cosmetics area from a little corner a year or so ago to a fair bit of floor space on the right hand side as you come in the door. There are some lovely Irish brands mingled in with some international organic/green brands such as Dr Haushcka, Burts Bees and Voya to name but a few. I’m always a little surprised that Avoca doesn’t stock Liz Earle, it seems like a good fit.
One of the Irish brands that caught my eye was GreenAngel mainly because I liked their name, surprise, surprise! I read some of the product packaging and this is some super natural, Irish stuff made just around the corner from Avoca. Their range includes face and body products mainly based on seaweed, essential oils and other natural ingredients. I’ve since noticed that Tigerlily beauty salon in Rathcoole (great salon btw) are now offering GreenAngel treatments, so they may be coming to a salon near you soon too.
In this short and sweet series I will pick one polish as my nail colour of the week. This weeks’ choice is the lovely Barry M Gelly Polish in Blueberry below. It’s a lovely bright blue for summer. It takes 2 or three coats to get it looking right but it’s lasting well so far and very shiny for just a fiver. Barry M really excel in nails and their counters are always well worth a browse!
I’m sure I echo many of you when I say I likey Catrice a lotty! My latest lunchtime beauty splurge included the Catrice Prime and Fine Primer. I had been using a Sephora primer that’s quite similar to Smashbox Photofinish but I ran out after having it for what felt like years. Being ‘When are we getting paid again?’ time I splashed out 4 of my hard earned euros on the Catrice primer and thought how bad could it be.
It’s a pink creamy silicone based texture. It’s similar to the L’Oreal Studio Secrets primer. If you have any allergies to silicone or easily clogged pores this may not be for you. It glides on easily and leaves a slightly matte finish and I think the pink hue really brightens the face as well. You can apply foundation straight away and there’s no weird residue that I’ve found with some primers.
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF50 Mattifying Face Fluid Review
Vichy Mattifying Face Fluid SPF50
Well as I’m writing the sun is finally shining in Dublin, woo hoo! All the sun gets me thinking about protecting my fair Irish cailin complexion. I’ve recently been having problems with pigmentation so I have made myself a very solemn promise to wear a high SPF every day without fail. I would always have a minimum of SPF20 on but this obviously isn’t cutting the mustard.
Before I went on hols last September I picked up this Vichy Capital Soleil SPF50 Mattifying Face Fluid. I normally would use the La Roche Posay range but I couldn’t see the light version in the pharmacy I was in. My one issue with SPFs is the oiliness factor and this seems to increase with the higher SPF, so I was excited about the mattifying claims of this product.
I’m really ashamed to admit that I only got into contouring in a big way from my guilty secret – Keeping up with the Kardashians – I know, sorry! Those girls have some fabulous make up and are big fans of a well contoured cheek. I’m not entirely convinced that they use their own Khroma Beauty range though, I haven’t had the joy of testing that yet.
There are some great photos on t’internet showing the extreme version of contouring that Kim K uses, I don’t think it’s something that’d work for a day at the desk though! I had been using a combination of my own bronzer, highlighters and blushers for my contouring but I decided I’d give this Sleek Face Form Palette a whirl.