30 May 2014

Eylure's New Look Lash Collection - preview & giveaway!

Loooooooooooooove this campaign :-)

I have to say, I do love Eylure for my false lashes.  They're a nice price for good quality falsies.  They are available pretty much available everywhere.  They have a large range of different shapes.  They're all 100% natural (so they don't look shiny and plasticy and unreal, like some cheaper variations).  They have a lovely thin, flexible band which is easy to camouflage with liner, and comfortable to wear. They're the lashes I'll generally reach for.  With prices starting around the €6 mark, I'll carefully clean them lashes after use* and I'll usually get a couple of wears out of them.

* this assumes you haven't drenched them in several layers of waterproof mascara and glitter and too much lash glue :-) *blinks rapidly*

Eylure's New Look Lash Collection is launching any day now and features new simplified packaging to make the lashes more easy to identify - it has a lovely image of a Lovely Girl wearing each set of lashes on the back of the packaging, so you can see what the lashes look like worn (this is so simple and yet, no one else does it), along with some new lash designs.

29 May 2014

MAC Proenza Schouler - review

The MAC Proenza Schouler collection has been on-counter now for a while, it's all LE (limited edition) and (as far as I'm aware) not available through MACCosmetics.co.uk online, so it's possible that a lot of the range has gone by now.  I finally got around to taking a look at (what was left of) the collection last week, and was somewhat non-plussed overall.  However for all that I did manage to make some purchases :-)

The collection as a whole features two eyeliners, two lip liners, two blushers, four lipsticks with four matching nail varnishes, and one brush (129SE).  All are LE (the brush is a permanent collection brush, this is simply LE handle, to match the Proenza Schouler packaging).

28 May 2014

essence Gel Nail Kit - review

In the interest of pure research, you understand, I purchased the essence Gel Nail Kit.  This is the second of two posts today, as mentioned I didn't get a chance to organise a blog swap this month... so without further ado, I give you my review;  largely, A Story Told Through Pictures* :-)

(* pic-heavy post follows)

How I... store my pencil liners

Two posts from me in lieu of a blog swap (mea culpa, I simply had a manic month and I haven't had time to reach out to anyone, blogger or otherwise, to organise a swap).  Expect a lot more busy-ness over the summer months; it's Bridal Season and most of my spare time is spent in trials and weddings.

27 May 2014

Simple Illuminating Radiance Cream - review

I love Simple products.  This is the range I'll keep in my kit because nine times out of ten, I can use it on a client.  It will suit most skin types and I've yet to encounter someone who reacts to it.  In other words, it's a great workhorse, one-size-really-does-nearly-fit-all product to carry around with me.  So I was definitely interested in trying out their recently (ish) released Illuminating Radiance Cream - essentially, their "standard" moisturiser plus an SPF of 15, plus some illuminating ingredients-or-other...

26 May 2014

Chanel Collection Reflets d'Été (Summer 2014) - preview

This is a sizzling hot colour-drenched Summer collection in radiant pinks and oranges, dazzling golds and bronzes.  It's what Summer actually was last year in Ireland.  It's what I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for this year (a gal can wish).  The collection is one I eagerly await each year (who am I kidding, I await all Chanel collections!) and sees products, as per usual, in each of the lips-eyes-face-nails categories...

Chanel - Some News

Poor old MontyC (less of the old, perhaps!) is ill and I'm filling in for her usual Mondays With MontyC slot;  sorry folks, you're stuck with me today!  I had planned to do this post later on in the week, but because she's such a Chanel nut (it was she who got me addicted to All Things Chanel!) in honour of herself, today is Chanel day.  I have a few things to post about, so I'm going to get started.

23 May 2014

Clarins Ombre Minerale Eyeshadow in Smoky Plum - review

I like to collect pretty things, special things, precious things.  I am Gollum.  Along with little crystals and shells and buttons I hoarded away the Clarins Ombre Minérale Mono Eye Shadow in Smoky Plum.  Siobhán gave this to me (because purples are my colour (mine!!!) and she's awesome (Ed: awwww shucks!)) way back before it even hit the counters as part of the Clarins Opalescence Spring Collection.  But because I had bestowed upon it the status of Golden Calf, I squirrelled it away to be opened up occasionally and admired in the compact (it's really pretty).  Several months later, I've only just gotten around to actually use it.  There you have it in black and white.  Clearly, I have issues.

21 May 2014

Illamasqua Summer 2014 - preview

OK so I'm a weensy bit late with this one.  Illamasqua's Summer launch is all about matte this year.  I love Illamasqua, they're ever-directional, don't follow trends, fly in the face of the norm, and definitely no stranger to all things theatrical when it comes to makeup.  So, instead of the usual golden-bronze shiny dewy skin of most summer collections, we see, interestingly, matte, matte, matte, and a majorly-inspired-by-the-80's campaign.

Four matte blushers, three matte lipstains, a matte primer and a matte nail top coat.  Lovely hurling.  Let's delve in...

20 May 2014

ByTerry Éclat Opulent Nutri-Lifting Foundation - review

By Terry Éclat Opulent Nutri-Lifting Foundation

The jury's out on this one.  I love it, and I think it's meh, and I love it, and I think it's, well, only ok.  I'm not really its target demographic (it purports to be a wrinkle-filling, lifting, anti-ageing formula, so it's aimed at more mature skins), but sure let's take a look at what this (rather stupidly expensive) foundation looks like, under the hood, as it were...

19 May 2014

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour No.1 - review

Chanel Les Beige Healthy Glow Multi-Colour #01

As the saying goes "sometimes you gotta fake it to make it".  We'd all love to have fresh, healthy, glowing skin every single day.  We'd wake up, look in the mirror and there it would be, staring back at us.  In reality however, it rarely if ever happens that way!  As we get older, and despite the litres of water (drunk), and despite not smoking, and despite a step-up in skincare regime, we need a little more help than that... And what if you don't have the time/opportunity/money to go off and have a good facial to sort your face out?  That's when it's time to fake that glow. 

There are so many products on the market now (at every price point) that are designed to help give you that "glowing from within" healthy look when in actual fact you're doing eleven hour days at work and/or one of the kids are teething/sick and you can't remember the last time you had a decent night's sleep.  When you feel like this, "glow", in all its fake finery, is your friend :-).  I've just bought one of these healthy glow products which has just been launched by Chanel.  It's from the Summer 2014 Les Beiges collection and it's called Healthy Glow Multi-Colour.  There are two in the collection - I bought the lighter one (No. 1).  I've been using it a lot since I got it and here's my first impressions of the product. 

16 May 2014

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum - review

Oh my sweet holy mother of all that's wonderful, is this amazing stuff.

A lovely decent sized sample of Caudelie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum was kindly given to me a couple of months back, and I honestly forgot I had it.  I rediscovered it a couple of weeks ago and I. Have. Been. Loving. It.

15 May 2014

Pick, Pack, Pamper: Travel Size Treats!

Am a complete and utter sucker for smaller versions of "normal sized stuff".  It's kinda pathetic, but I just love having "official" branded travel sized items for my holidays.  I mean, I want to truck around my usual stash, I really don't want to edit it down, but I don't want all the hassle and bulk and weight of the fullsized versions.

So - for the summer, you'll find French brands Vichy, La Roche-Posay and Roger & Gallet all producing itsy bitsy teeny tiny iconic items to protect your skin en route to your holiday destination.

14 May 2014

Inglot Eye Lux - preview

Inglot's newest product launch is all about the eyes!  Three entirely new products are added to the already impressive range of products; a felt tip liner, a new mascara and and eyelash serum.

13 May 2014

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - review

Powder exfoliators are becoming a bit of a "thing" lately.  I've been trialling Dermalogica's version - Daily Microfoliant - on and off for the last couple of weeks.  Hardly daily, but "reasonably often" (maybe every second-third day).

12 May 2014

Natura Bissé Oxygen Complex & Cream - review

Natura Bissé Oxygen Line

I really enjoying learning about, and trying out, new skincare brands.  There are so many!  To a skincare geek like me, it's fascinating to find out about the products and ranges of each brand, and to see if they're actually any good.  I must admit I knew very little about the Natura Bissé brand before trying out the samples of the products I'm reviewing for today's Mondays with MontyC (although I know that Siobhán has been using some Natura Bissé products for some time now).

This Spanish company was founded in 1979 and has been growing in size and reputation ever since.  The products I'm talking about today are from their Oxygen Line (a range which, according to Natura Bissé, is designed to provide your skin with an extra dose of oxygen that will purify, hydrate and illuminate).  I've been using the Oxygen Complex and Oxygen Cream.

9 May 2014

bareMinerals Ready Bronzer - review

My experience of bronzing powders involves sparkly nasty compacts.  You know the ones I'm talking about.  Who amongst you wants their face to look like an orange disco ball?  I have found that most bronzers I've tried appeared brash and cheap looking (making me appear brash and cheap looking, and sparkly, in the process).  I received a sample of the bareMinerals Ready Bronzer in the shade The Skinny Dip (the lightest of three shades available) and dubiously gave it a whirl. 

8 May 2014

Chanel Les Beiges - preview

Chanel Les Beiges Summer 2014

A busy week for Chanel Launches.  Whereas we have just seen the new launch of Chanel N°5 Eau Premiere (look here) on-counter, tomorrow (9th May) will see the latest launch of products under the Chanel Les Beiges umbrella.  March last year saw the release of a bunch of new and extremely fiiiiiiine Les Beiges pressed powders (look here);  this time around, we are seeing two new Healthy Glow Multi-Colour bronzers (although "bronzer" doesn't do them justice) and a new formula All-in-one Healthy Glow Fluid.

Chanel N°5 Eau Premiere

I'm a little behind with releases, but on 5th May (although still wasn't in Brown Thomas yesterday), Chanel launched a new take on its N°5 Eau Premiere perfume, a "new approach to the N°5 experience", formulated back in 2008, and now, in 2014, adopting the legendary N°5 iconic all-glass bottle.

7 May 2014

Customised Makeup

(pigments, in an art shop in Venice)

In a world where bespoke, custom, limited run "things", where the "one size does not fit all" mentality and the exclusivity of designerwares has become the norm for those who can afford them, makeup is no different.  It's not unusual to encounter limited edition makeup, makeup which is released just once and once only, so you need to "get it when you can".  Of course this is largely a marketing device to drive sales (I am a complete sucker, add the words "limited edition" beside anything and it makes me completely and instantly want it, and now, and a backup, just in case), but the "once it's gone, it's gone" mentality grips most of us.

Aside from LE (limited edition) or once-off items, makeup products are frequently discontinued, ranges are ended, and even brands go belly-up.  And that beloved item of makeup that you just have to have (like the Chanel Rouge Noir lippie that my mother loves or the Chanel Ballerina nail polish that MontyC loves) and that you can't dupe when it's gone, becomes all the more sought-after and obsessed-over, when it's gone.

So what to do?

6 May 2014

Talika Eye Therapy Patch - review

Talika Eye Therapy Patch

Following on from my uninterested usage of the cult GlamGlow eye mask, and remembering that I've actually had this one for a while now and keep meaning to take it out and use it, out it came over the long weekend to see if it was, actually, any good.

Talika are a hard-to-get brand (Space NK sells them) but I've been using their Lipocils lengthening eyelash gel on-and-off for years (when I can remember) (it really does work) and their products are not cheap, by any stretch of the imagination.  If the eyelash gel really does the trick, maybe this eye mask will also make my peepers relaxed, less puffy and with dimished lines and dark circles, as they promised.  Well... did it?

2 May 2014

Hero Product: YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara
"How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways".  Immortal words from an immortal poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browing which today I'm using in praise of another of my Hero Products (I hope she won't mind!) - YSL's Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara (in Black, of course!)  As a longtime wearer of spectacles of many colours, I've learned how important it is to define my eyes behind my frames.  Mascara is key!  Even if I've only got two minutes to do my makeup, I never ever skip mascara.  So as you can imagine, I take my choice of mascara seriously!

1 May 2014

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation - review

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation and its acrobatic friend

I hate gushing about something.  I like to do my gushing offline, then present a well-reasoned piece on the efficacy and usefulness and price of a thing.  I like to think I can stay objective.  I know that's not always the case, and let's face it, writing - even teeny tiny blog posts - is a creative endeavour anyhow, and your tone betrays your tiredness, your excitement, your overall feelings of woe, or meh or whohoo!

That said, I really want to gush about the Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation.  Or should I say, foundation-skincare-hybrid.  I am sorry, MAC Face & Body, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this is about to become my go-to foundation of choice...


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