Monthly Archives: August 2014

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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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!

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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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NOTW: Pink and Brocade!

Well In case you haven’t heard me blabbing on this week I am on two weeks holidays from work! I’ve of course had to do some holiday nails. I decided I’d use the Essence Gel nails at home kit because it’d last me a bit longer and I can just peel it off. I use any polish with this system just fine, it doesn’t have to be an Essence polish. For the look below I used the pretty Essie Romper Room polish with the Maybelline Brocades polish in knitted gold as an accent nail. I really like this look, what do you think?

NOTW Brocade

Carry On Cosmetics!

Carry on cosmeticsI think we’ve all been there you’re going away for a few days and bravely bringing a carry on case. The annoying restriction on liquids means you have to be careful about packing. I’m off to visit my friend in england for a few days with my little carry on case so I thought I’d give you a peek of what I’m bringing cosmetics wise.

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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 my bargain purchase of the Real Techniques Sam’s Picks brush set. It’s a quality selection of six face and eye brushes. The brush I have gotten the most use out of is the Multi-task brush, it’s great for applying powder and bronzer.

I’ve been having a tough time with my dry skin at the moment so on Thursday I wrote about the fab La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque. It’s a real saviour for anyone who has dehydrated and sensitive skin like moi.

Blog posts I’ve loved this week…

Kat over at Dolly Rouge wrote a great post about products that last and stopping your makeup from sliding off your face. The post included a fab looking tinted spf from Shiseido which I am going to try. I’m also a Max Factor fan so I really want to try the Facefinity primer.

I love Max Factor mascaras so I was nodding along to Sinead from The Beautiful Truths review of the Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions Mascara. It goes on so easily and just gives good length and volume to lashes but without any clumps. Sineads’ photos really show this off!

Also I just spotted this great post from Vicki at Lets Talk Beauty. In this she picks her top 5 products from the British Beauty Blogger Dream Box which I also got. I must pick my top 5 products. I like all of the products she picked apart from the Better Than Sex mascara which I didn’t get on with for some reason!

What I bought this week…

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Well I finished up for two weeks holidays (yay!) on Friday so I had to pick up a few bits for my trip to see my friend in England. I had run out of my Revlon Colourstay foundation so I had to get a new bottle. I also wanted to try out the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer so I bought a tube of that. I also decided I’d try the Dark version of the Cocoa Brown for a holiday glow!

So that was my blogging and beauty week. Hope you enjoyed your week xx

Real Techniques Sam’s Picks Review

Real Rechniques Sams Picks set

Love, Love, Love me a bit of Real Techniques! They make some of the best purse friendly brushes there are around. I thought I had discovered foundation brush heaven when I found the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – I cannot recommend this brush enough especially if you are looking for a more full coverage foundation look. A few months back this Sam’s Picks set was on Feel Unique for half price so I simply could not pass up an opportunity like that. Sam and Nic Chapman are the genius Pixiwoos Makeup Artists and creators of Real Techniques hence the name of the set.

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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’m not having great luck with some of the new products I’m trying. This week I reviewed the Vinylux 7 day polish and after trialling it twice it chipped on me both times on day three. It was a bit disappointing as I know loads of people who love it. On a more positive note on Thursday I posted about some products I’m really loving at the moment including a great blush palette from Makeup Revolution and the famous This Works Deep Sleep Spray.

Blog posts I’ve loved this week…

Rachel over at Oh Hey There Rachel! had a lovely post showing a natural smoky eye look using a very pretty Gosh Palette. I wish I had half the style Rachel has when I was 16 which was unfortunately a long time ago!

Last week I mentioned I was lusting after the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder palette well now the want has doubled as they are releasing a palette of the blushers! Yvonne at One For the Wishlist captured the want for this in her post this week.

Aisling at Total Makeup Addict did a really really comprehensive post about French pharmacy brands. It’s a great read if you are planning on visiting and want to do some beauty shopping. I lived in France many years ago and really didn’t take advantage of all the beautyness, mainly because I was a poor student!

What I bought this week…

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Well my spending restraint didn’t last too long but I wasn’t too spendy this week. I had a Boots discount voucher for €6.50 off No7 skincare so I bought the Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion for dry skin. It costs €12.50 but cost me just €6 with the voucher. I found another bargain in Boots on their clearance shelf! They had this cute Soap and Glory set which contains generous mini sizes of the Clean Girls shower gel, Scrub Em and Leave Em body scrub and The Daily Smooth body lotion. This was half price and cost just €10.75. I really don’t need it but couldn’t pass it up at that price!

So that was my blogging and beauty week. Hope you enjoyed your week xx

Current Favourites!

Current FavouritesI’ve been having a bit of bloggers block this week. Sometimes writing is so easy and other times you have to feel really inspired. I decided I’d take a look at what I’m loving at the moment to get a bit of my mojo back. So in the words of Mary Poppins here are a few of my favourite things!

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CND Vinylux Review

CND Vinylux Polish Tropix bottles

I have wanted to try this product for ages and ages! I finally got my act together and picked up a bottle of this at the nail bar in the Jervis Centre. Vinylux is a new long lasting polish system from the creators of Shellac CND. I’m a fan of Shellac but don’t like the effect it has on my nails so Vinylux sounds like the perfect solution for me. It promises to last 7 days without a chip but it’s not a traditional gel polish so you don’t need to use a UV lamp with this.

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