Friday, 18 August 2017

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzers

Hey guys!

I've been so busy with house renovations the past few months I've completely neglected my poor blog :( BUT! I'm still as much a makeup fanatic as I was when I started it so I've been testing out lots of new products for you so will have lots of new posts :)

Today I'm going to talk about Physicians Formula which is originally an American brand. I first heard of the brand when I was in the states about 7 or 8 years ago but had never tried anything from them until now.

I had heard great things about their bronzers so I was eager to get my mitts on them. I did have trouble sourcing them online, most sites would not delivery to Ireland or any that did charged extortionate amounts for the shipping. I had checked the Physicians Formula stockists page to see which chemists near me might have them in store but there wasn't too many and I didn't want to waste my time driving around and not being able to get them. I ended up purchasing from a site called iHerb and was really happy with the service so I'll be using them again :)



First off the packaging on these is really nice especially for an affordable bronzer. It makes you want to get down to the beach PRONTO. There's a lovely ripple effect through the product which looks like waves and the smell, oh my god the smell is divine! Its like a mixture of sun cream and coconut. DELICIOUS!



These bronzers apply really nicely and last on my skin all day. The only problem I have with them is that there are only two shades to choose from and they are both super light. I'm pretty fair and I can use both the light and 'dark' as there's not much of a difference between the two. 



As you can see from the swatches below these are pretty light so they unfortunately won't be suitable for anyone with medium to deep skin tones :( 


Despite the colour range these are really great. The price is right (did I mention they worked out at only €12 each?!) and they sit really nicely on the skin and blend well with blush and highlight.

So I would definitely recommend Physicians Formula Butter Bronzers for anyone looking for a great Bronzer on a budget.

I'm dying to try the rest of the range. What products have you tried and what would you recommend? Leave your comments below! 

Bye beauties!

xXx

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

💜Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review💜

Hey guys! 

Happy Tuesday, hope your week is going well so far!! I've been testing out some new beauty products over the last few weeks and today I'm sharing my thoughts on the new Power Fabric liquid foundation by Giorgio Armani.

I had never tried anything from the Armani cosmetics range and was intrigued a few months ago when I passed the counter in Brown Thomas. I had heard so much about the Luminous Silk foundation but was a bit unsure on spending €46 on a foundation aimed towards people with dry skin so I went for the power fabric instead.

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation
Power Fabric is described as a full coverage foundation with a matte velvety finish. As I have combination skin I like my liquid foundation to have a more matte finish rather than dewy. There's nothing worse than thinking your foundation is holding up well only to discover halfway through the day that your looking like a disco ball! For me, I like how it applies with a beauty blender the most. I tried various brushes but the beauty blender is definitely the winner. It gives a lovely smooth even finish and makes it very easy to layer the foundation if you want a super high coverage look. One layer with the beauty blender gives a medium to full coverage look whereas one layer with a flat top brush will give you full coverage without the second layer but it's not as smooth a finish. 

Shade 02 swatched up REAL close - bottom half is blended :)
I find I still need to set my face, especially in my oily areas but if you were normal to dry you would get away without having to use powder. Now for the €49 price tag is it worth it? Yes and no. For me I do like how this looks but I find even after setting with powder it still transfers. I do touch my face a lot during the day and rest my chin in my hands but if you want something bullet proof this won't be for you. Having said that I love the colour on me (I wear shade 02) and that's important as I find it so hard to match my weirdo skin tone! Everything is either too yellow or pink toned but this is just right. Goldilocks moment! :)

Power Fabric foundation in natural light, excuse my fluffy hair!
If your interested in trying this out I'd head to your nearest Armani counter and get a sample to take home. I always find it's better to take a sample and decide wether you like it after a few days rather than making a snap decision on the day :)

Have you tried out this foundation or any of the other Armani cosmetics range? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!

Bye beauties!

xXx

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Best Of London Fashion Week 2017

Hey guys!

Have you been glued to LFW as I have the past week? I've mostly been watching the shows through Snapchat which is great as you get little snippets from all your favourites.

I was HOOKED to Eimear Varian Barry's Snapchat for Julien McDonald. If your not following Eimear you really need to! Her Intsagram is just beautiful and she's a fellow Corkonian :) She's very refreshing and honest too which is rare for bloggers these days. She was chosen to work with the brand so she took her followers along for the day backstage. The show took place at Goldsmiths' Hall at the junction of Foster Lane and Gresham Street which looked out of this world.

Here are some of the beautiful looks during the show:

Picture courtesy of FILIPPO L'ASTORINA
Picture courtesy of FILIPPO L'ASTORINA
 Picture courtesy of FILIPPO L'ASTORINA
Another show which I really enjoyed was by Bora Aksu, a Turkish designer based in London. The style was a bit quirky with lots of patterns, high necks and collars (my favourite!). 

Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk 
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Manuel Facchini's clothes were TO DIE FOR! 

Look at the beauty:

Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionwweek.co.uk

So what were your favourite designers this year? Paris fashion week is just around the corner, I can't wait!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Bye beauties!

xXx

Monday, 6 February 2017

2016 Beauty Favourites & Fails

Hey beauties!

 I'm rounding up my favourite products that I swore by in 2016 just for you. I'm also throwing in a few fails that I had the misfortune of wasting my money on so you don't have to :)

I'll get straight to it and start with my holy grail concealers of the year. I have a high end and a budget option that are both FAB. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer was a definite favourite of mine, so much so that mine has run out and I need to purchase another pronto. It's ok though because I'm currently using my second favourite which is the  Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and it's only €5.99! Sure where would you be going for that price? Straight down to Boots to buy a few more :)

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair. Picture from www.boots.ie
Foundation last year was a tricky one for me. I fell back into a routine of using my Chanel Perfection Lumiere which is really nice. It has medium to full coverage with SPF 10. 

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Liquid Foundation. Picture from www.chanel.com
 The only thing I don't like is the smell! It's like it was thrown in a pile of old roses and then bottled.....so I ended up falling back on an oldie but a goodie, the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation. Always a winner really.

I did have an unpleasant experience with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. What's magic about it I hear you ask? Well, it's a disaster on oily/combination skin which is who it is targeted for. TA DAH! Magic huh?! I really hated this and was so disappointed when I tried it. Now I did use this until it was gone, so I gave it a fair trial but it was everything I hate in a foundation. It became shiny in parts after a few hours wear and broke down on certain parts of the face even when set with powder....no, just no. A definite foundation fail and it wasn't cheap.  Sorry Charlotte! :(

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. Picture from www.charlottetilbury.com

A saving grace after that awful experience was that I found THE BEST eyeshadow palette in 2016. I'm not even exaggerating, this is no joke people! The Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette was my favourite thing of 2016 by far. To be honest it's my favourite eyeshadow palette of all time and you can see why here

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
On the negative side my least liked palette was the Morphe 35O. When it first arrived I was delighted. Warm browns, coppers, oranges, what's not to like? Well most of them fell out of the palette and broke the first time I used it so there was that. So I ended up taking the palette apart and transferring all the shadows into a Z palette.

Morphe Brushes 35O Nature Glow Palette before the incident!

 I think if you were starting out in makeup the 35O would be ideal. It's cheap and cheerful and you get a lot of shadows for the price. HOWEVER they are hard to blend, there's a lot of fall out, they're patchy and they disappear from the eyes even with a primer after a few hours wear unless you really pack them on. Also there is the whole Morphe private labelling topic which you can decide for yourself on but I'm not going to get into that. That's a story for another day my friends! Going from using the Modern Renaissance to the 35O, there's just no comparison. 

Lastly are some of my favourite nail polishes and stamping plates.  I think OPI will always be my go to polish. As you can see here I have one or two....

 

I did discover another brand that I totally fell in love with which was ILNP which stands for I Love Nail Polish. Cute right? They do the most amazing holographic polishes that are mesmerising! 

 

The best stamping plates and polish I tried were from Moyou London. They have so many plates to choose from and a lot of colour varieties for their stamping polish. A great company to check out if your a nail fanatic like myself.

Moyou London stamping polishes. Picture from www.mouyou.co.uk

Well that's it. What were your favourite products of 2016? Anything you regret buying? Let me know in the comments! 

Bye beauties!

xXX

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Black Friday Deals 2016

Hey guys! 

It's that time of year :)
I've put together a list of discount codes and links to the best deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016. Enjoy!

ASOS - 20% off everything 
code: GOGOGO
Link: http://www.asos.com/women/

Sister Jane - 30% off everything 

Jones & Jones - 30% off everything
code: BLACKFRIDAY30

Carousel - 20% off Circus and Vacant
Vavavoom.ie - 20% off everything

Chi Chi London - 30% off full price items
code: 30BFCC
Link: http://www.chichiclothing.com/

Anastasia Beverly Hills 
10% off Glow Kits
20% off Brows
20% off Stick Foundation
20% off  Illuminators
20% off Hydrating Oil
25% off Pro Brushes
25% off Darkside Liner
30% off Lip Gloss
30% off Metallic Lust Liner
40% off Contour Kits
50% off Concealer
50% off Waterproof Cream Liner
60% off Eyeshadow Singles
60% off Contour Refills
Code: no code needed, offers available onsite from 25/11/16
Link: http://www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com/

Makeup Geek - Up to 60% off selected lines
code: none, offer available onsite
Link: https://www.makeupgeek.com/sales.html

Inglot - 10% off everything 
20% off gift guide
code: BLACKFRIDAY
Link: http://inglot.ie/

Mac Cosmetics - 40% off goodbyes
code: none, offer available onsite

Sephora - $10 gift sets
code: none, offer available onsite

Beauty Bay - 30% off selected lines
code: none, offer available onsite

Morphe Brushes - 25% off everything
code: FRIDAY25
Link: https://www.morphebrushes.com/

Happy shopping beauties! 

xXx

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Sister Jane Love 💜

Hey guys!

Are you excited for the Cork Jazz weekend?? I myself am looking forward to a jazzy boozy brunch in the Bodega on Sunday :)

I thought I'd share one of my FAVOURITE clothing brands with you today. When I first came across Sister Jane I immediately fell in love with their style of clothing. Its like they made all of their clothes just for me! Embellished collars, quirky patterns and gorgeous fabrics are staples which the brand are known for. 

I've rounded up a few of my best picks from their line at the moment, all of which are perfect for Autumn/Winter. Here are a few of the dresses which caught my eye.

Looking Glass Sequin Dress - picture from sisterjane.com

The Looking Glass Sequin Dress retails for €88. This is in fact a dress even though it looks like a blouse and skirt. Best part? The skirt is sequined!

Wide-eyed Tunic Dress - picture from sisterjane.com

The Wide-eyed Tunic Dress retails for €72. This one looks SO comfortable and who can resist a star print?

New Romantics Tweed Dress - picture from sisterjane.com

This dress is probably my favourite one! It has some serious Chanel vibes going on :) The New Romantics Tweed Dress retails for €84. 

Mademoiselle Satin Bow Dress - picture from sisterjane.com

This is the Mademoiselle Satin Bow Dress and yes, it looks like a stylish old fashioned french maidens dress but it is gorgeous! This one retails for €77. 

Next up are some tops and skirts which are just so pretty.

Smokestacks Lace Blouse - picture from sisterjane.com

Look at this blouse. Look! This is the Smokestakes Lace Blouse and it is currently on sale for €26. Absolutely stunning. 

Majorica Knit Top with Corduroy Comeback skirt - picture from sisterjane.com

The Majorica Knit Top looks fab with the Corduroy Comeback Skirt. The top retails for €53 and the skirt is €54. I love this combination, elegant yet youthful. 

I might as well show you my own personal favourite Sister Jane item that I own while I'm here. This dress is no longer available unfortunately as I have it a while now. Apologies for the awkward pose, I'm a bit shy when it comes to mirror selfies! 

 

I hope you enjoyed getting a peak at the world of Sister Jane. Have you come across this brand before and if so what did you buy? Leave me your comments below and let me know. Sister Jane is available from ASOS and of course sisterjane.com

Bye beauties!

xXx

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Kylie Lip Kit Inspired Nail Art

Hey guys!

Happy hump day! Today I have some nail art for you because it's been a while :) 

I was looking at 
Kylie Cosmetics last night and while I was debating on whether or not to place an order, I was inspired to do some nail art instead. 

 

The nude shades of Kylie Jenner's
lip kits like MalibooDolce K and Candy K are really pretty and the packaging is very cool so I decided to recreate it on my nails! As a base I used two coats of Models Own polish in Nude Beige. For the paint drips I used OPI Lady In Black on a dotting tool (you can also use a bobby pin or toothpick to achieve this look). I used a glossy top coat but a matte one would look pretty awesome too.

 

On another note, have any of you tried the Kylie lip kits? Are they worth the money or should I stick to my 
ColourPop and Kat Von D?? 

Bye beauties!!

xXX