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I’m off to Peru!

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Lovely image of Machu Pichu found here

This is just a quick post to let you know that I’m taking a four week blogging break as tomorrow I’m off on the trip of a lifetime to Peru with my sister! I’m so excited  to visit South America and I haven’t seen my sister for four months! I’ve been mad busy packing this week and getting sorted.

I was going to schedule a few posts for when I’m away but I decided I’m going to use the trip to totally switch off and take an extended break from the t’interwebs, so I won’t be checking in on the blog. I think a break will be really good but I’ll be back soon, full of beans, working on re-designing the blog and plenty of new posts!

Anyway just wanted to let you know in case you check in while I’m away and wonder why so quiet. Thanks as always for reading :-)

Sarah xxx

My top 5 most read posts in 2014!

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Well Happy New Year everyone, I hope you had a really great Christmas and that 2015 brings everything you hope for! I’m back from my little blogging break with lots of ideas for posts for 2015. First I’m going to take a look back at my blogging year by sharing my Top 5 most read posts in 2014, just in case you missed them!

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#Irishbbloggers Secret Santa Reveal!

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Yay, I can’t believe that it’s time to post this! Way back in October the very patient and organised Aisling over at Total Makeup Addict offered to organise Secret Santa among all us Irish Beauty Bloggers. I missed taking part last year because I was away but I was very excited to take part this year. You have a €20 budget to buy a gift and send it to the blogger Aisling randomly chooses for you. I really agonised over buying my gift, I spent ages stalking my recipient Roisin from The Fashionista Observer, so pop over to her page if you want to see what I picked! My Secret Santa was the lovely Ruby Laine from Ruby Laine Makeup, here’s what she picked for me…

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Sunday Catchup!

Sunday Catchup

Happy Sunday everyone, hope you’re having a nice relaxing day! Raging I missed the Irish Blog Awards last night but hope anyone there had a great time. For a bit of light reading of a Sunday 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!

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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

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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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

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

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 was a bit dissapointed by the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. It makes some very big claims but it just didn’t live up to them for me and it’s not a cheap buy. I also wrote about the fab Makeup Revolution Run Boy Run palette, I cannot recommend the Makeup Revolution palettes enough. They’re such good quality for their small price tag.

Blog posts I’ve loved this week…

Aundrea over at Dancing With Disaster wrote about her bargain Skinician Glycolic Peel salon treatment she had recently for just €39. For that price I’m definitely getting me one of them!

Emma over at Fluff and Fripperies wrote about the latest launches for the MAC Mineralise range.Some of the gold hued shades look so luxurious. I love the Mineralize range so I think I might have to invest in some newness.

I’m such a bad beauty blogger I do not own one single product from NARS. Makeup Monster shared her favourite picks from NARS this week. The NARSissist Palette is such a lovely palette, I want!

What I’ve wanted this week…

I didn’t buy anything this week, woo hoo! I have though added a few products to my ever expanding wishlist. I really want to try the new Trilogy Age Proof Hydra-Tone Softening Lotion, it’s basically a moisturising toner that softens skin, it sounds just perfect for my skin. I think its launching in September so I will definitely by buying this. I’m really loving my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder at the moment so I really want to get the trio of powders but they ain’t cheap.

So there you have it that was my blogging and beauty week. Hope you had a great one too! xx