Hi Lovelies, sorry I haven’t been on here in a while. I hope you’ve all been keeping well and that 2018 is being good to you. x
This week its all about my winter skincare essentials. I hope you enjoy x
Skincare is a big part of my life but more often than not I don’t spend a huge amount on it.
However over the past few years there are some skincare items that I’m more than happy to spend the money on. Here are my top five!
1. Clarins Hand Cream
I love this stuff all year round, but when the winter time comes my hands are in much need of moisture. I’ve used a number of hand creams over the years but this has to be my tried and tested. It is expensive, BUT it is a large tube and a little goes a long way! I tend to use about a pea (or smarties) sized amount each time, an almond size amount if I’ve had a cleaning frenzy! I’m not super keen on strong smelling hand creams as sometimes it can bring on a migraine, so this one is perfect for me! It has a slight scent, but its more like a “natural” cream scent. It absorbs really well, doesn’t leave a residue, and leaves my hands super moisturised and soft! It claims to also help with age spots and strengthen nails, I can’t vouch for these claims so I’ll leave it here.
This hand cream for me is the one to beat so if there is a hand cream you love, let me know in the comments below. I’m always on the hunt for new products!
2. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
Again I use this all year round but with all the air conditioning and the cold air my lips are begging for it. I use lipstick during the day, but by the time I get home my lips are in desperate need of some hydration.
Hi Loves, sorry this is so late and that I’ve been a bit MIA. Life has really knocked me for six so I’ve been struggling a bit. But it’s here, better late than never hopefully xo
A bold statement lip has become one of my staples, but a red lip can still be daunting even for me. That being said I think it can take your look to another level and is a must have for anyone who loves make-up.
I have a lippie for everyone in this line up. From the novice to the pro, bargain to blow out. I’ve kept it classic and went for that “Christmas” red, but do keep in mind that these are what I’ve chosen for me. Meaning they suit my skin tone, hair colouring and style, they may not work for everyone.
I’ve also decided to throw in matching nail varnish. I love matchy matchy so if I can match my lippie and my nails, I’m all over it!
Link to Nail Varnish and Lippie.
Shockingly enough, when Jarek was in Poland he picked me up a few bits. I know, I know, I couldn’t believe it either.
When I first got into blogging he was really supportive and not only helped me build my blog and logo, but also started helping with research.
One resource was a Bobbie Brown book which I loved and to this day cherish (well kinda, it’s in my mother’s house somewhere at the moment). Even though I loved the book I never ever bought any of the products. Not because I didn’t like them, but to be honest after talking to the sales reps at home in Dublin, I was made feel like it wasn’t a makeup brand for me.
Well to my surprise, Jarek came home with a bag of goodies and this little beauty was in it.
I love mascara, but never invest in expensive ones because I’ve found the ones in the “drugstore” to be great!
This might be a game changer though!
Everyone loves a good bit of blusher, right?
Well, I must admit that with blusher I did what I always do and tried to fit in with the crowd. I wasn’t a huge fan of blusher for many years, but it seemed to be necessary to finish a make up look, so I sucked it up and tried to love it!
Over the years I’ve tried many, but today we are talking about the Live Love London blush palette. I love me a good palette, so I was attracted to it straight away. I’m always drawn in by packaging and surprise surprise this time was no different. It has a sleek black casing with iridescent text. Inside, I was pleased to find a MASSIVE good quality mirror, six decent sized products, four blush shades, and two highlighter shades.
There was one colour that stood out and blinded me really, it was the brown one. I’d used something similar before and loved it so I was distracted and didn’t take much notice of the fact that all the other colours were very bright and pink, lots of pink. The whole palette has a pink undertone actually, which for me is very unfortunate because pink is NOT my colour.
Even though the colour selection isn’t for me the product itself is quite nice. Not amazing quality but for the price (About £7) it’s not bad. They are a bit chalky, but if you tap your brush off you can achieve a nice subtle buildable colour.
The highlighters are really nice too but again not my colour. If you like a strong highlight in a pink tone they are going to be right up your street!
Unfortunately, due to the colour selection I wont be purchasing this product again, but I’d be really interested to know what Live Love London products you’ve used and what you thought.
Till next week.
I can’t live without liner, so if a blogger or youtuber I follow mentions anything about a liquid liner you can see the poof marks in the air, I’m off to get it and try it.
I was in search of a new liner that was easily accessible here in Jersey Channel Islands, so when I saw Hello October ( I think…) mention a Maybelline one, I knew I had to try it.
Like me, she’s super fussy about the nib and looks for what I look for, so I felt pretty confident I’d like it.
I marched down to my local Boots and picked myself up the Maybelline Master Ink Liquid Liner.
First off I’ll say I wasn’t blown away by the packaging, it’s a bit shite really, no worse than anything else I’ve used but just same same but different.
The wand was what I was most concerned about though. I don’t tend to like the really stiff felt tip ones, and favour the more brush like style. At first glance I was a tad disappointed because it looked like the felt tips I hate, but once I tried it on my hand I realised it was firm yet soft almost like a brush but not exactly.
I have to say I adore using this product. Yes it can get on my lashes but most of them do, especially if you favour this type of wand. It applies so well, I find with other types of liners I can be there for ages trying to build up a decent wing, but this just glides on and comes out strong first time. I find the wand so easy to use. It’s like it has the perfect amount of product on it once its been taking out of the “pot”, and I know I said it already but I love that the wand is not too firm. I do love me a good “brush” wand (if you get what I mean) but I’m digging this felt tip one.
Ok, so some of you may not know this, but I’m not a huge fan of Benefit. I have literally tried nothing of theirs if I’m being honest, but you know there are just some things where you are just like, “no, its not for me”.
Well Benefit was that for me!
Apparently my friends and family never knew this about me, so over the past while I’ve accumulated a number of products.
Today I’ll be chatting about the “Hoola” bonzer, a cult classic that many of my friends love!! I had the pleasure of receiving a mini/travel size one, if you know me you will know I LOVE travel size things, mini things, and anything that is a small version of something regular size. The bronzer must have seemed like a good idea coz I do love me a good bronzer!
I had heard good things about this product but wasn’t sure as I thought it was just hype.
For me the “mini” size is perfect. I can’t see myself using the larger one up, and I like a high turn over of my products as I’m very aware of things going off ( its a powder so this one technically doesn’t go off), and it just not being very hygienic to have things longer than six months to a year. That being said I do have a number of things that DEFO need the bin but I just can’t part with them.
I tend to use this as a contour as opposed to an over all bronzer. I think with my colouring it works really well for that, otherwise I can just look a bit dirty. I use it sparingly and blend like a MOFO. It builds up well so for a night out you can have a strong contour with it.
Mascara is the bane of my life!! I’ve been searching for my ride or die for years! Over this time I have found many, but every time they become discontinued. Its one of the most frustrating things!
I’m yet to find my latest ride or die, but never the less I’m here to chat about yet another mascara!
Barry M is one of my favourite drugstore brands. I adore their nail paint and have dipped in and out of a few other products. I’m a sucker for their packaging and their mascara packaging always speaks to me. This time was no different.
You would never think it, but purple is my favourite colour! So even though there are a good few to choose from the purple one was the 1st one I went for (there was no rose gold one at this stage).
There were no testers so I had no idea what the wond would be like, but was pleasantly surprised! It has what I can a hedgehog wond. Meaning it’s stiff with largish stiff bristles. I find this style easier to manage and gives my lashes more definition.
This wand is actually quite cool, its kinda double sided. It has a “normal” side and a shorter side. I know that sounds so odd, but its actually quite useful. I use the “normal” side on my top lashes and the shorter side for my bottom lashes.
The mascara itself is fine, really good actually. It applies to the lashes well, coats them, lengthens them, but it is a small bit clumpy when I apply it fast. The wear is great too! It lasts AMAZINGLY well all day with absolutely no smudging. I’ve also had quite an emotional few months and spent most days crying and it doesn’t budge. I do find it a bit heavy on the lashes though and it is (for me) a nightmare to get off no matter what I use! Its there days later and I’ve hurt my eye trying to scrub it off!
There are a number of positives about this mascara that will defiantly have me reaching for it again, but due to the heaviness on the lashes and the fact I can’t get it off it’s not my ride of die, so my search continues.