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…
I feel the need to write about the fabulousness that is the Marks and Spencer beauty hall. If you’re lucky to have a large M&S close to you it might have a shiny looking beauty section. I’ve only seen them in the Liffey Valley, Grafton St and Henry St stores but I’m sure there are many others. They were revamped probably a few years ago now but I think they’re probably not really well known outside of the beauty junkie circles as a source for great brands.
I’ve slowly turned into a bit of a skincare obsessive but sometimes I get a little bit boggled from all the terminology and sheer volume of products that are out there. I’ve tried to listen to Caroline Hirons advice and spend most of my money on serums. I recently saw Caroline review this serum which sounded perfect for my skin type and so I snapped it up when I saw it on offer in Boots.
I’ve always been a huge Soap & Glory fan. They’re one brand that has managed to produce equally great products across their bodycare, skincare and makeup ranges. Usually a brand can only do one category really well but Soap & Glory is a bit of an all rounder. Recently unkown to myself and my beauty shopaholic status I accumulated a good few new to me Soap & Glory products. So I thought I’d show you what I bought and take you through some speedy first impressions!