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

Roger & Gallet: Lait Des Bienfaits

The ritual of applying body lotion can sometimes be a bit of a problem, let me set the scene: 

You wake up late for work, quickly run into the shower and put up with the lukewarm water. Once you have been scrubbed clean in record time. You quickly dry yourself while brushing you teeth at the same time. Once that task is complete its time for body lotion. A thought passes your mind, you could skip this don't have time to feel sticky. You apply your body lotion knowing you don't have time to let your skin soak in the goodness before its time to cloth yourself. You spend the next two vital minuets tugging at your tights as they cling to your freshly moisturised skin.

It has happened to all of us, I have a big issue with how slow some brands take to soak into the skin. Body lotions should be a pleasure. Ok so it is import just like your face you want to keep it looking as young for as long as you can. Along with the current trend of bare legs you really need to have moisturised pins to pull off that look.

When I was sent Roger & Gallet Lait Des Bienfaits* I didn't know what to expect. In my mind this is a premium brand, it does retail at those high end prices and has the most visually pleasing displays in any chemist I have seen Roger & Gallet  being stocked in. However I did expect that sticky feeling that has you walking around in your underwear far more than is necessary.

Eager to try it out I was greeted by a heavenly sent that reminded me of those long forgotten summer days. In true blogger fashion I proceeded to generously apply the white lotion on to my arm. I was amazed at how smoothly and effortlessly it applied on my arm. Next this took me by a bit of shock, that god awful sticky sensation was no where to be felt! I was delighted!

So it smells great and is not sticky but what else? It contains antioxidants! If you must know anything about me, I adore products that contain antioxidants! Whats the best way to preserve your skin than with natural antioxidants? The moisture lasts for up to 24hr's which is perfect for those of us who are time poor. 

You can get a good month and a half maybe two at a push, as the container is a orange tinted clear strong plastic you can see how much you have used. With each pump you can see the level go down which is slightly alarming considering the RRP. 

I simply ador this product and it suits me in any which way, from its heavenly sent to the fact that it doesn't feel sticky on my skin. yet its RRP is €14.95. In saying that the ingredients are top notch and I have seen such a change in the heath of my skin from using Roger & Gallet Lait Des Bienfaits. For me this is when I have a rich day and can justify spending almost 15 quid on this amazing body lotion. Hopefully as time goes by I will be able to have this on my bed side table more often that I see it now. 

You can pick up your very own Roger & Gallet Lait Des Bienfaits at selected pharmacies and at Marks & Spencer beauty haul

Have you tried this before? Would you? Do you know of any other bands that don't have that sticky sensation? Do you think you can justify that price?  
*PR Sample 

Whats In My Makeup Bag: The kerry Edition

About two weeks ago I went on a bit of a train and bus trip down to the most southerly point of the county. As exciting of an adventure that might sound it's not really, having to be up at 5am to get into Huston train station and then take two trains and two buses just to reach this part of Ireland it is a bit of a challenge.

In true Irish fashion the second bus runs twice a week and runs twice on those days, both before 1pm. It was by pure chance that I was able to get it. Needles to say the bus driver was a bit stunned that I was going out to DĂșn Chaoin. Why was I going to this part of the county? well I have family hear and I used to live in this region. 

Being up ridiculously early the ritual of applying makeup before the rest of the world sees you goes out the window. I planned to apply my face on one of the two train trips. I didn't bring much makeup wise, I kept it very simple and lightweight. The only thing that I went a bit OTT with was that I brought my NIMA Brush set along with me.

Cargo TexasLash volumizing mascara*// Bourjois healthy mix serum// Smashbox photo finish colour correcting primer: green//  Boots Soltan once a day sun cream// Bobbi Brown eyeshadow: bone// Cargo contour kit*

I found travelling with the NIMA Brushs an ease, this was simply down to the tube that holds the brushes, it is a bit on the bulky side and if I are travelling abroad I would not bring it as part of my carry on luggage. 

I find the Bourjois Healthy mix serum in shade 51 too dark for my ghost like complexion so I mix it with the Soltan sun screen to match up to my true complexion.

Out of everything the Cargo Contour kit is my favourite, I am a bit fan of contouring and was really excited to see this as part of a goodie bag from an event I have attend in May. This is beyond fab to travel with as your basic face essentials are there and there is a MASSIVE sharp mirror.

So the finishing look is  very understated but I quite like it for a very simple FOTD look. Perfect for the office or of course when you are on holidays 

 *PR Sample 

What do you bring with you on your travels?


Boots Haul

I have a love hate relationship with boots, I love that all my makeup and toiletries needs are in one place I hate that I can't control my spending habits.

Collection 2000 2in1 €4.75, Rimmel Match Perfection €9.95, 17 Double Gloss Top Coat €5,59, Carmex Moisture Plus €5.98

This Haul actually conceited of two trips one trip was out of necessity the latter was out of want. Usually I try and shop like a man when it comes to boots (ya know that whole bee line thing, pay and get out as fast as you can). On the first round I did a fatal thing, my beauty blogger instincts took over and I deiced to check out what was new among the 'Drug Store" brands, bad move. The next day I popped back in to my local boots and completed the haul. 

At the blogger meet up I attend on Saturday (01.06.13) I got on the topic of nails with Lil. She told me about the top coat she used, which protected her amazing nail art from chipping the whole time! I simply had to pick up some 17 Double Gloss Top Coat to try it out for myself! The Collection 2000 2 in1 Strengthener & Hardener was a bit of an impulse buy and I am also running out of my current base. 

Rimmel Match Perfection foundation was a impulse buy, what caught my eye was, that there was a shade light enough to suit my porcelain complexion. I have to say I was truly delighted, it is next to impossible for me to find a 'drug store' makeup brand that actually caters for my skin tone I chose shade Light Porcelain 010. The price is what won me over and I am so excited to try this out!

 Carmex Moisture Plus was without a doubt a necessity, I had burnt my lips earlier in the week and needed something that would heal them and protect them from the sun. The stylish and compact packaging caught my eye perfect for a bit of a pick me up when you're on the go. I simply adore using it so far and have felt the benefits. 

Have you recently picke up anything in boots? Have you used anything in the haul? How did you get on with it? 

The Wonders of Tropical Popical Nail Bar Dublin

I am ashamed to say that I had never ever stepped into Tropical Popical till Thursday evening (30.05.13). I had heard such wonders about this nail bar with a twist, had every intention of getting my claws pampered but failed to. When the invitation appeared in my mail box I couldn't wait to attend.

I adore the fresh vibe and friendly manner of the staff. I find many salons intimidating which puts me off treating myself to a mani. Here this is not that case, the crazy tropical twist as the name suggests made me feel at ease and the staff are simply fab. Of course we where greeted with their trademark of lilt in a coconut which I find simply darling.

One thing that I am terrible at is making small talk to anyone, it just doesn't come naturally. I usually feel awkward but here this was not the case. The prices of this hip and trendy bar as extremely reasonable and most definitely competitive. Just check out the screen grab from their site bellow.

To celebrate the launch of the Silver Factory collaboration with Tropical Popical we where treated to mains with the theme of the nail bars logo which is also featured on the tees. As you can see they are amazing at nail art (obvs) the art itself was done in free hand clearly demonstrating how talented they are.

Tropical Popical is clearly the number one up and coming nail bar in Dublin to find out more just follow this link



Earlier in the week I spoke (well typed) about my experiences with GlamGlow YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT (you can find this here). I got on amazingly and really couldn't wait to try out GlamGlow SUPERMUD™ CLEARING TREATMENT. Naturally expectations where high and I was not prepared to be disappointed. 

Of course the packaging was utterly amazing, how can you not smile when you open the box and see 'Hello Sexy' staring you in the face? When I opened the jar I found some of the mask had dried around seal as you can see bellow. Other than that there where no real issues, this does however suggest that perhaps the jars are not sealed as tightly as they should be to prevent wastage of this precious wonder.

Out of the two GlamGlow products we where asked to try this has to be my favourite. There really is only one reason for this. It helps to smooth out any imperfections such as blackheads (a really big issue I have with my skin). Of course their are many more benefits than smoothing out imperfections and help with that glow we all crave. They have listed the full set of results on the official site:

"ACNECIDIC-6™ - 4.4% AHA & BHA 6-Acid Blend. PH Balanced.Glycolic Acid - Helps Restore Photo Damaged Skin & Improves Skin Texture.Salicylic Acid - Helps De-clog to Minimize Pores & New Skin Rejuvenation.Lactic Acid - Helps Pigmentation, Moisture, Stimulation & Skin Collagen.Mandelic Acid - Helps Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Aging Skin & Skin Elasticity.Pyruvic Acid - Helps the Effects of Scaring & Clearer Skin.Azelaic Acid - Helps fight Follicle Bacteria & Breakouts.TEAOXI™ - Delivers Fresh Natural Eucalyptol, Linalool Oil & Powerful Flavonoids.ACTIVATED-X - Xtreme Absorption Vacuum-Carbon Extracts Sebum Oils, Bacteria & Toxins.K-17 CLAY - Proprietary 17 Step Process to Better Encapsulate Sebum Oils, Bacteria & Toxins.LICORICE ROOT - Helps Regulate & Alleviate Problem Skin.PEPPERMINT PLANT - Helps Control Bacteria & Irritations.Eucalyptus Leaf - Helps Fight Toxic Skin Complications.ALOE VERA, CHAMOMILE, MARIGOLD, CUCUMBER, IVY, HERB - Helps Calm, Soothe & Heal."

So you can see in comparison to YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT there are far more benefits in the long term. One thing that has caught my eye is how it helps to restore photo damaged skin perfect for those over 40 who's sun damage over the past decades will start to show up on the skin. 

In Short Supermud is:
"The World's most Scientifically Advanced SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment. Clinically Developed by GLAMGLOW® Dermatological Chemist to help fight all common skin concerns. "

Personally for that reason alone I think everyone should have this jar on their bathroom shelf. You can get 17 full masks out of it or for spot treatments up to 1000.

All you need to do is apply the mask to a clean face and let it work its magic for up to 20 minuets but depending on how time poor you are 5 minuets is totally perfect. You will feel the mask tighten as it drys and little bumps will appear this is where any imperfections are being sucked out. Once you have let GlamGlow Supermud work its magic you simply wash off with cool/warm(ish) water and pat dry. You will find yourself staring at your mirror in pure amazement at how fab your skin is.

The results last just over a week, however, I think using GlamGlow is the perfect booster for any skin care routine. As it effectively targets blackheads unlike any other product I have used before.

This is in and around the same price range of GlamGlow YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT but it is worth every cent and I would highly recommend saving up for it! You can get almost 4 months use out of this bad boy which is pretty good going for a luxury product. The RRP is €49.95 for a 50ml jar. You can pick it up here beautyfeatures or at millies

 Now for that all important before and after:

 During (just before it dries)
 Once it has dried (you can see the bumps)


What do you think? Will you be converting to the GlamGlow ways? 



I had never heard of GlamGlow before, I was whisked off to an excited event where what I knew about the beauty/skincare world was all about to change!

GlamGlow has a very exciting and unique story. It started off with makeup artist using this little pot of wonder to help brighten celebrities skin in as little as 10 minuets. Or as they say on the official glam glow site:
"Designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries, for immediate camera- ready glowing skin."

It helps to create a smooth and effortless base to work with helps and show off their fine makeup artistry skills as we all know a flawless base is best when working with makeup for top results.

Today I'm going to focus on the Tinglefoliate Treatement  as its a bit on the picture heavy side. You can pop on over to this link to see how i got on with the Supermud treatment. 

Side note: I am wearing xen tan and will have a review up shortly

What makes this mud mask so great is it works in 10 minuets! When i heard that my mind when straight to thinking about how amazing this would be to use just before those last minute nights out or for brides on the morning of their big day.

The results are amazing and do speak for themselves (see the end of this post for before (above is also a before), after and during). We where told at the event that that the radiant results would last up to 3 days but I find the benefits still linger for up to a week!

The big thing that comes across most face masks enthusiasts minds is that mud masks tend to dry out the skin. As the mud is sourced from the south of France the properties from this region don't dry out the skin so there is no fear of that!

So it's basically a mud mask? yes?
Well no there is one little extra special ingredient that makes this mask so wonderful it is the TEAOXI™ GREEN TEA LEAF 
"TEAOXI™ is GLAMGLOW’s proprietary continuous time-release technology, delivering daily fresh Super-Squalene, EGCG Super-Antioxidants & Polyphenols direct into the mud from the real pieces of tea leaf contained in our mask. TEAOXI™ is the ‘magic’ behind our powerful anti-aging and anti wrinkle results."

The quote from the official site is what makes the mud mask sound so wonderful! I am all about the antioxidants and it is great for under 30's skin which I find a lot of anti aging treatment is focused on those over the age of 30 who have developed fine lines and so on.

They claim that the results you will gain form using the YOUTHMUD mask are:
  • Leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing.
  • Activates moisturizing collagen synthesis.
  • Provides gentle resurfacing exfoliation.
  • Helps to leave skin smoother, brighter and softer.
  • Provides tighter skin texture and tighter pores.
  • Helps to provide a more youthful appearance.
  • Absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.
  • Helps to protect against free radical damage.

At this point my inner blogger would find that one of these results did not come to pass but every box besides the last one as we can't see that one (duh) was ticket. You will seriously see these results after one use it works that fast and is what makes this little small pot so wonderful!

Now on to one of my favourite parts, the packaging. I just adore it, when I first pealed back the plastic warping, opened up the box and lifted out the glass jar which was balanced on branded cardboard I squealed a little. I adore carefully planned packaging, like this. It is however a bit of a double edged sword as my expectations go through the roof.

Now with extremely high exceptions I had to try the mud mask, as soon as...and so I did. As I twisted the jar open, a heavenly sent of strong mint greeted me. I mixed the mask as is instructed and started to apply to a clean face. The mask will start to dry creating a tingling sensation (hens the name), form this you will know YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT is working. I found that my skin tightened which helps to reduce the size of those unruly pores. Once ten minuets have passed it's time to wash off the mask with circular motions which, helps to exfoliate the skin creating an even more radiant complexion and simply pat dry to complete the 10 minute GlamGlow experience. You will be left with "Super Sexy Super Radiant Skin" as it says on the jar.

Please do excuse my naked face but I wanted to share with you just how wonderful GlamGlow is.

Don't I look so happy!

Those clumps are in fact those "real pieces of tea leaf"

Just look at the difference! It's as if a zest of life has been put back into my skin!

And one more for the road 

Before on the left, after on the right

Now onto the tricky business of the RRP, it's by no means cheap for a 15ml jar. It retails at €59.95 (Ouch I know!). The results however are amazing to justify such a price and you will get your moneys worth out of it. Currently GlamGlow do not ship internationally from the official site but I have found two Irish companies that stock GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment. beautyfeatures and millies. Do keep an eye on both sites as I saw Millies was selling Youthmud for around €45.

Update: I had the wrong prices for the GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment it is €59.95 for a 50ml jar. You can purchase the 15ml jar for €30 from M&S
Do you think you will succumb to the charm of GlamGlow?  
What do think of the results?


Nima Brush "The Sunshine Collection" - 50% off!!!

Yup you read that right the amazing Nima Brushes are 50% off, that means €35 for you!! 

Seriously this is an amazing deal, I just got the The Elite Collection brushes there three days ago and I adore them, obvs too early for a review but its is an amazing opportunity!! 

FOTD: La Ritournelle

There is nothing like a good makeup day...well maybe a good hair day? This was just one of those days where of course I had to take  advantage of this day and take the opportunity to take a few photos. 
The foundation might be a bit too dark and blusher just a bit too faint but I really liked my eye makeup that day. It really was the perfect flick! 
I just love using the Naked Palette you really can create so many different looks and this is one of my favorite to create! It's simple but not OTT perfect for work you could even wear it on a night out! In fact I have! 


Lids: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Eyeliner: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner - Black

Mascara: Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara


Foundation: bonjours healthy mix foundation serum

Blush: Maybelline Dream Touch Blush - Berry

Contour: Bobbi Brown - Sandstone
Powder: 17 - Miracle Matte

Do you have an eye look that you just can't get enough of? 


Review - Dove Shampoo - Nourishing Oil Care range

Us naturally wavy hair peeps don't have that many good hair days...or is it just me?

Like it looks ok cause that just got out of bed look is all in and the stay hairs are well no matter what you do they are going to be there right? Well that is going to change and you don't have to break the bank!! 

At the Dove Feel The Difference Launch a few weeks back we where given a range of amazing new products to try part of that range was the Nourishing Oil Care range who where having a bit of a relaunch. 


The Long and Short of it

Perfect if you have wavy hair! My hair hasn't felt this nourished and smelt so good in such a long time!

A Bit More Detail:

The whole range it designed to not weigh your hair down and gets right into the fibbers giving your hair that extra TLC it needs. 
The whole range smells friggen amazing! I have never had a shampoo that I literally  could not get enough of the smell, when that wind blows through my tamed mane I get a whiff of the Dove Nourishing Oil Care range and well it's filpin amazing!
I usually find that most drug store conditioners weigh my hair down, it doesn't do much good for my waves, I don't have to worry about this and I am left with super soft locks! 
I love the once a week hair mask that is in the range, it has Argon Oil in it. So it help the quality of my hair but also makes it uber shiny and gives it that bounce back. 

Last Words:
I really couldn't recommend this range enough! It is perfect! Salon quality hair care at reasonable prices! It is going to be something I am going to be buying again and again!

How Much Will it Cost me:

 Shampoos (250ml) and normal conditioners (200ml) €3.69
   Express Treatment conditioners (180ml) €4.99

Just look at how happy my hair is!

Have you tired the new range yet? What do you? Are you going to?



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