Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts

Trop Pop Disco Bar *

You might remember my review of Tropical Popical Nail Bar I did (here) a couple of months back. In short the number one place in town to get your nails did!

 The lovely Andrea has added a Disco Bar station to her ever expanding empire! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the bar before it opened it's doors to the public. 

The bar itself fits in beautify to the Tropical Popical salon and in no way looks out of place. In fact I think it works really well with the nail bar. 

So what is this disco bar thing all about? 

It's about putting the fun back into your night out! I love the idea of starting your night out in the wonders that is Tropical Popical, you can get all done up by professionals with prices that aim to please. Most importantly in a fun environment that will get you in the mood for dancing! 

My Disco hair transformation! (sorry about the awkward looking photo!)

Do keep in mind that the bar is only open on certain days of the week. 

Thursday: 5-8
Friday: 5-8
Saturday: 12-6

I would highly recommend the Trop Pop Disco Bar as the perfect way to spice up any night out!

For more details about Trop Pop Disco Bar follow this link

Have you checked it out yet? 

Tiger Stores, Glass Nail File - Review

Since I started blogging, my world has opened up to knowledge that I really would have never stumbled upon. From all the blog posts that I have read, one thing has really stuck with me. Not the, to tone or not to tone debate. Something far more important. 

That was use a glass or crystal nail file. Why? It stops your nails from braking and you can file in both directions (yay!). On of the shapes that I am a huge fan of its the perfect square nail. However for myself, a normal nail file stops short of perfection. My nails will look oh so perfect till they grow out and boom nail brake! This happens far too often! 

For that reason alone I needed to get my hands on the must have item. Not as easy I first thought. For one these baby's usually don't come cheap unless you want to risk it on eBay. 

One day a couple of weeks back I saw a bunch of these glass nail files hanging on a Tiger store wall. In typical fashion, my eyes lit up with excitement hunting for a a purple file. How much did this bad boy cost? €2....yes two! 

The file is made up of both glass and plastic. Frosted glass makes up the point of the file, while a tinted purple plastic helps to create an eye appealing and lightweight nail file. 

But is it any good? I have to say it is. You really can't beat it, even on the value for money alone! I have been able to grow my nails out with no brakes, I have to say it is a nice change. Filing is now a lot faster, I was surprised at how fast and easy it was for my to file one hand!

Do you have a glass nail file? Do you fine its benefits are huge?  

Pür Minerals - Start Now Beauty-to-go Collection - Review *

Have you much experience with mineral foundation? Well you won't need much with Pür Minerals, all the swirling and tapping that is required with other mineral foundation brands is a thing of the past. What differs with Pür, is that all you have to do is sweep and apply to your skin. Simples! 

In the kit you will get your paws on powder foundation, a bronzer, mascara, primer brush. All the basics that you need for a fast application. What I love about Pür Minerals is that you can build up the coverage. The brush is perfect for contouring, the side of the brush is perfect of this!  

I wasn't the biggest fan of the primer as it didn't really work for me. I love the mascara! I think it's perfect, my lashes never clump, in short for me is a perfect mascara! I feel that Pür Minerals has helped the improvement of my skin and when I do wear it, it feels like I have no foundation on my face!

You can pick up your very own Pür Minerals Start Now Beauty-to-go Collection for €46.50.

Have you heard about Pür Minerals? What do you think of the brand?

Sure Maximum Protection - Everyday Fresh - Review *

I have written about this before but I love this product so much that I just had to share my thoughts of it with you. For the ins and outs follow this link here.

In short Sure Maximum Protection stops you from sweating. To achieve sweat free arm pits you need to build this up over time. I find after two applications this wonder deodorant works amazingly and it means you can actually skip one night and the effects still work! Pretty amazing right?

If you read my blog on a regular basis you will know, I am not a huge fan of strong scents, at the end of the day a strong scent ruins a product for me. I Love this product and I have used it numerous times before. It really is a game changer when it comes down to what deodorant to use!

I love this info graphic that I was sent. Some really interesting fact in it!

I can't recommend Sure Maximum Protection enough! It has changed my life and will be something that will always be on my bedside table. You can pick up your very own magic deodorant pretty much anywhere! It RRP's at €6.87. 

Have you used Sure Maximum Protection before? What are your thoughts? Do you think you will ever give it a go?  

LUSH - Brazened Honey face mask - Review

I have built up quite the face mask collection at this stage and have to say I have not found one that I would use over and over again and ignore the rest of the endless face masks that are  out there. 

For me Lush is the place to go to find something that will actually work. Yes the price points are a bit steep however you know what you are getting and you do see results. 

During my dissertation my skin took a bit of a turn as you would expect with copious amounts of sugar and living on two hours sleep. 

This was my rescue remedy for my skin. 

The mask is perfect for deep nourishment. It also tackles those pesky spots as honey has an antiseptic benefit. The mask can also help to exfoliate your skin. Once you have applied the mask and let it work its magic for 10 minuets your gently wash it off (in a circular motion if you want to use the masks exfoliating qualities  pat yours skin dry and wonder in amazement at how radiant your skin looks and feels.

You will find that the smell off the mask stays with you throughout the day. The sent is pleasant and in no way over powering. 

Have you ever used Lush Brazened Honey face mask before? What do you think of it? Did it work for you? 

Dove Go Fresh - Review *

Dove has pretty much been a constant in my life. I have seen the brand transform over my lifetime and it really does have an amazing history (link)

I have always view Dove as a brand where you would find that bit more luxury and at that all important high street price. I love love my high end body washes however they are a once in a blue moon buy....when the blue moon is not out I turn to Dove to fill that need I have. 

I love a bit of luxury (who doesn't). I am a firm believer that your shower or bath time has to be an enjoyable experience. The Go Fresh range has all that you expect from Dove, a rich luxurious cream that will nourish your skin. 

The scent is a refreshing pleasure, making this shower cream perfect for your morning shower. Not only is the blue fig and orange blossom scent a pleasant way to start your morning the cream contains the 'Nutrium Moisture' technology.  This helps your skin deep down, it penetrates more layers than other products out there that claim to do the same. 

Have you used the Dove Go Fresh shower cream? What are your thoughts on it? 

Pearlys Teeth Brightening Bar at Harvey Nichols - Dundrum - Review *

Last week I was invited to try out a new Teeth Brightening Bar in Harvey Nichols. How could I refuse? 
The Pearlys is located at the end of the beauty floor and has a funky fresh bar, that suits this modern teeth brightening treatment. 
You can avail of two treatments at the bar. The Pearlys 20 minute Express Teeth-Whiten Treatment and Pearlys 40 minute Double Express Teeth-Whiten Treatment. However you can also get your hands on the Bespoke At-Home Treatment

But how does this whole thing work? Is it full of that nasty peroxide that ruins your teeth? 

1. You are asked to fill out a form, you will be asked to answer a few questions which will determine if you can avail of the treatment. 

2. During your consultation a Pearlys specialist will explain how the self-treatment works. You both agree on what shade your teeth are pre treatment (done with the help of a shade guide).

3.You will then be asked to ‘prep’ your teeth. This is done by brushing with the Pearlys Weekly Teeth-Brighten Powder this helps to remove any external staining. Your teeth will feel like you have just stepped out of the dentists office. 

4. After the ‘powder-prep’ you will be given a pre-filled self-treatment tray containing the Pearlys non-peroxide whitening gel. You then will pop this in your mouth.

5. You will wait 20 minutes where an LED light will be pointed at the tray. After 20 minutes you will be handed a bag to dispose of the tray and a glass of water to remove any access gel. 

6. You will then compare your new pearly whites on the shade guide and work out how many shades you went up. 

The gel is peroxide free, pain free and perfect for those who suffer from sensitivity (like myself). 
The gel works like so: 
"The unique tray has gel on the top and bottom and whitens not only the front of the teeth but in-between and behind the teeth too. The cold L.E.D. light then activates the whitening actions of the gel.

The power whitening lifts the staining from the teeth with a whitening gel that breaks down into oxygen bubbles and water and the oxygen bubbles penetrate in through the thousands of microscopic pores in the enamel of the teeth and literally oxygenates the tooth to lift out the staining. It is extremely effective and clients will see (on average) an 8-12 shade improvement with this part of the treatment."

If you rather the idea of using  this treatment in the comfort of your own home the option is there for you. it works like so: 

"Should the client choose a home-kit they will then be shown how to take a simple impression of their teeth, which is used by the Pearlys laboratory to fabricate trays for the home kit.  This is delivered to their door a few days after the spa appointment, to help maintain their white smile in the comfort of their own home."

My Experience:

I have never had any whitening treatment in my life so this was a whole new ball game. I didn't really know what to expect but was excited to see the results. 
I found the staff to be lovely and very understanding of how 20 min can feel like a lifetime where you are sitting there while the gel is working its magic! 
There was a difference of 8 shades after my treatment. The results look very natural which I was delighted with. I did find that my teeth where a bit sensitive after the treatment, they are very sensitive to being with so I was expecting some sensitivity. Overall I was delighted with my experience and hope to return at some point. 

What’s on the Whitening Menu...

Pearlys 20 minute Express Teeth-Whiten Treatment (usual price €97, offer price €85 for October)
Pearlys Express whitening treatment which consists of a 20 Minute whitening treatment to instantly give a brighter smile.

Pearlys 40 minute Double Express Teeth-Whiten Treatment (€155)
As above but with 2 separate whitening trays each used for 20 minutes.

Pearlys Professional Home-Kit (€125 in addition to an Express or €185 if purchased on its own)
This treatment provides exactly the same trays that many dentists provide but for a fraction of the price. It is VITAL that whitening trays are bespoke and made from impressions of the client's teeth.

Have you heard of Pearlys? Are you going to give it a go? What are your thoughts on the peroxide free gel?

YSL Forever Light Creator Serum - Review *

"The first Skintone Corrector Serum by Yves Saint Laurent, integrates the exclusive GlycanactifWT™ complex and helps correct the appearance of uneven skintone by acting on dark spots, uniformity, clarity and radiance. Instantly, skin looks more luminous, its texture refined. Over time, color imperfections - dark spots & redness - look visibly reduced, skintone recovers its clarity and evenness."

Sounds too good to be true doesn't it? To be honest when I was at the press day I was excited to try it, frankly I didn't expect to see any change. Any products that I used in the past that claim to have more than one benefit fell flat. 

I used the serum in the mornings just before applying my moisturiser. Frankly I didn't know what to expect, I was hoping to reduce the redness my skin has suffered over the years, but I didn't want to build my hopes up. After about three weeks of use I noticed a change. The redness around my chin had improved drastically. At that point I regretted not taking a before and after photo. 

I am very aware of the broke veins around my nose and chin so this was a VERY big deal! I haven't used the serum in a while as I have ran out however I hope to have this beautiful bottle back on my bathroom shelf in no time. I am glad to report that the results stayed since I stopped using the serum, meaning that the results are permanent. 

Even though YSL Forever Light Creator Serum really does work and is life changing as laser treatment is now a no no. It does have a hefty price tag 30ML €76.40 50ML €102.10. 

The range it's self spans across two other skin care products which help to boost the effect of the serum. 

I adore this serum and can't wait to get it back in my life! Have you used it, what are your thoughts? Have you heard about it? 


I picked up this sample from a pile of samples that had been accumulated over the years. Frankly I didn't expect much from this. Firstly I had never heard of Biotherm it was more of a 'sure I will try it because I need a moisturiser' at the time thing. 

So off I lathered it on my skin and I was shocked! 

1. It absorbs quickly.
2. No overpowering smell
3. Nourishes your skin like you have no idea!
4. You will keep on stroking your skin in amazement at how soft it is
5. The BIG plus it's not sticky in the slightest. 

The price is not too bad either: €17.03 on the website for a 400ml bottle. That you can't really argue with. 

Have you ever used Biotherm before? What do you think of it? 

Orla Kiely Geranium Bath & Body Review

Shower Gel: RRP €15.00 £12.00 // Hand Cream: RRP €15.00 £12.00 *

Orla Kiely is one of those huge Irish success stories. She has managed to created quite a name for her self and is now moving away from her famous handbags to explore other avenues. 

She recently created the Orla Kiely fragrance and home fragrance from the success of that she must have been inspired to created the stunning Geranium bath and body collection. Each product in the range is wrapped in the famous 'stem print' packaging give instant luxury to any bathroom or handbag! 

I find that the packaging for the whole range is a bit on the cheap side when you match the price tag, the only thing that I feel that justifies that price of the products V the packaging is the print. there is a nice feature of actually being able to see how much product you have left as the packaging doesn't wrap the whole way round. Something that a lot of high end brands tend to miss.

When I first tried the shower gel I didn't know what to think, it was a really tricky product for some reason. Did I like it or was there something that I didn't like about it? It is a thick and rich gel which reminded me of Molton Brown instantly and I suppose I was expecting the Molton Brown experience which is completely silly. Once I got over that it's a lovely rich shower gel that gets you clean in no time but gives you a luxurious experience which you wont find with super market brands.  

The hand cream is superb, I really can't fault it! It works fanatically especially after the dishes have been washed. If you are after a hand cream that is rich and will recover your hands from the most testing of activities then this is your man! 

The only thing I have to criticize is that the sent is far too strong for my liking. Especially in regards to the hand cream as i found i needed to apply it in public but was very aware that the scent is so strong and kinda lingers for a bit that it might upset those around me. Also I am not the biggest fan of strong scent's personally. 

Have you tired anything from the Orla Kiely range? Would you give anything a go? What do you think of her expanding into personal care? 
*PR Sample

Lush: Emotional Brilliance: Ambition - Review

Do you know much about the concept behind Emotional Brilliance? If not, check out this link [here] and you can get your colour reading done online! When the range frist launched I got my colour reading done and ambition was one of the emotional moods I was in. 

In short each colour reflects a mood/emotion on a subconscious level. We associate each colour with a particaul mood which can help to alter our mood. This might seem a bit like baloney but it works as long as you know what the colour represents! 

I love the hint of orange in this liquid lipstick, but with my natural complexion it doesn't suit my pale skin. instead I save ambition when I have a tan. It takes about half an hour for the lipstick to dry fully but you will find you can eat and drink to your harts content without having to reapply!

After a full day of munching and drinking without applying a top up! 

You can pick up your very own liquid lipstick for £14.50 at any Lush store! You will not be disappointed.

What do you think of Lush? Is there anything from the range that you just gotta have?

Lancôme - Rénergie Multi-Lift Reviva-Plasma™

It is safe to say I am slightly obsessed with anti ageing. I can't get enough of the stuff! 

My skin isn't great and I do see a lot of sings of ageing from simple fine lines to skin that is loosing that fresh youthful look, in short my skin needs some much needed TLC. 

I didn't know what to expect from  Lancôme  - Rénergie Multi-Lift Reviva-Plasma™b*. I don't really trust anti ageing products - they are uber expensive, results are either really poor or none existent yet with those two points of view I kept my narrow mined views to one side. 

I can say there has been a change in skincare over the past few years, it has become more intelligent and results are apparently getting better and lasting longer. The though thing with skin care is that you could be spending 100's or even 1000's per year on lotions and potions that you will never see the results as its all based on preventing or at least helping us to age gracefully - but we want to see results now not in 30 years when we look back on old photos. 

Lancome say: Skin looks instantly smoother. From 1 week, the skin is replenished with moisture and feels reinforced. Day after day, it appears younger and more beautiful, as if full of life. Skin looks revived and refreshed, it appears restored. Suitable for skin exposed to daily aggressions. Apply this serum in the morning and evening under your daily skincare.”

For me this is one product that works amazingly fast and yes you do see results quickly. The serum is rather thick but I like this. My skin feels amazing after this and fantastically pampered. Lines on my forehead seemed to plump up which as a result makes my makeup look better. I even found my self leaving the house without my face on - for anyone who knows me this is a big deal for the women who couldn't go to the bin without a full face. It's as if my confidence in my skin has returned as it looks fantastic and radiant there is no need for makeup! 

It has even managed to reduce the size of my pores which is a huge thing! Creating an even smother base for makeup and younger skin. 

I pop this on in the mornings after I cleanse to my face, neck and décolletage (if i remember that part). You will find that your skin feels fantastically nourished and is in short that little bit of extra TLC that skin needs. A fantastic serum to be added into any ones skincare routine. 

I would however like to stress that the results or only temporary I have found that missing a few days can bring skin back to how it was pre Lancôme  - Rénergie Multi-Lift Reviva-Plasma™ however it is fantastic and even at the €129 for 50ml it can be justify with the amazing results but I would only purchase this on a rich day.

What anti ageing products do you use? Have you used this before? What do you think of it? Do you think you will give this a go? 
*pr sample 

Emjoi Micro Pedi Review

Eww feet.....I hate HATE HATE feet, mine in particular, to such an extent I don't wear sandals and if I stay over at a friends house I will sleep in my socks!

Last year when I first heard about this amazing product that removes the hard skin from your feet I could not believe my ears, without reading any reviews on the gadget I knew I just had to have it. See one of the problems I have is hard skin, I think most of use shoe obsessed girls do. 

RRP €49.95

Over a year ago when I saw the Emjoi Micro Pedi on offer in boots I just had to have it! I couldn't wait to get home and try it out! The results are amazing! You will be shocked, silky smooth feet in a matter of minutes. 

The drawbacks I have are not with how effective the tool is but more the battery. I really wish it was rechargeable, I hate having to buy batteries and I find most rechargeable batteries to be a bit of pain. 

With that aside I can not recommend this fantasist gadget enough! My confidence in my feet has increased almost to the point of actually considering to buy a pair of sandals. Over a year of using Emjoi Micro Pedi my feet care routine has become a breeze and is now super easy to maintain amazing feet.

I saw when I was picking up refiles (they last a really long time if you clean them after each use) a pedicure set which I am dying to try out and see if its any good. 

I really can't recommend the Emjoi Micro Pedi enough you will see the results immediately and you will be dying to get those perfectly pedicured feet out at any opportunity you can think of! 

Have you tried Emjoi Micro Pedi before? What are your thoughts? 

Human + Kind: All-In-One Body Oil

source: here// RRP: €14.95// Stockiest: here

Before I tell you about how I got on with using the All-In-One Body Oil I would like to apologies for using a stock photo. I had a bit of disaster with my camera a while back and the photos I had taken for this post [and others] are no more. 

When using body oil or any oil at all, the applicator of the product has a lot to do with the pleasure that cane be found when apply any type of lotion or potion. One thing that really impressed me with the Human + Kind All-In-One Body Oil* was the fab applicator. I had total control over how much I wanted and never had an issue with having too much oil. I believe this is down to the hard plastic, which the container is made out of. Giving you perfect control, when you squeeze the oil out. Of course from the picture above that lil yoke [have no idea what it's called] is a great help as well.

This oil is fab! Like I said before it has a rich consistency but still can be applied smoothly and effectively onto the skin. One of my big draws to Human + Kind All-In-One Body Oil is that it contains extra vitamin E something that I am a massive fan of! Due to the extra boost of vitamins this is perfect for mom's who are expecting. 

I messed around a lot with when to apply the oil finding just after a shower/bath it was effective but not as effective as I would like. I suffer from random spots of dryness on my arms so it really was put  it to the test! In the end I found applying it at night just before bed was perfect! As the oil heats up your skin its not cold on unlike other products that you would apply at that time of night. You could really see the difference the next day, my skin looked smoother and felt moisturised. 

I think this oil is simply fab and everyone must have one! I imagine its quite good for babies skin for a little boost as Human + Kind strive to use 100% natural ingredients in their products. This is something I will definitely be buying!

Have you use Human + Kind before? Have you heard of the brand? What do you think of body oils?

P.S: Human + Kind is Irish! 
*PR Sample

Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Lotion V Body Gel Oil

I would first like to say; sorry for using stock photos. I have used both products till they where empty but they both ended up in the bin before I had a chance to take photos. 

I have written about Cocoa Radiant Body Lotion in full and you can read the review here.  


Contains Cocoa Butter which helps to moisture the skin
Contains Stratys-3 which helps to moisture the deeper layer that most body lotions missies. 


The scent is far too strong and hangs around all day
Does not absorb quickly. Left my skin feeling sticky (like I was in the gym sticky...eww) all day.

Was there an improvement?



€4.89 200ml

Would I repurchase:


Cocoa Radiant Vitalizing Body Gel Oil 


Helps to lock in moisture after bathing 
Scent is not as pungent as the body lotion 
It does absorbe into the skin 


Its a bit runny and did leave me with far too much product to apply (suggest: change of bottle for more control of product being used)
Can be a bit messy and does not look appealing on the bathroom shelf after a while

Was there an improvement?

It took about a week but I noticed my skin was softer and look far more healthier

Would I repurchase?



€6.99 200ml

Who wins this round?

I think its safe to say Cocoa Radiant Vitalizing Body Gel Oil is the winner this time! For me the big thing was the scent was not overpowering and of course that sticky sensation no where to be seen. It did take some time to sink in but for the price I think I can live with that.

What are your thoughts? Have you used both before? Do you agree with me? 



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