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Monday, 24 July 2017

All about Base : Note BB cream



I've been really wanting to try Note luminous moisturising foundation for a while now so when I finally found a local stand I was delighted. I'd also seen a couple of good reviews about the BB cream  and the prices were so reasonable I picked up both. I'm not exactly sure but I think they both came to under €25. I am not one for BBcreams more of a get me the fullest coverage foundation that exists kind of gal.
My hopes were raised a little higher when the girl serving me asked had I used it before followed by telling me that I would love it and that it's amazing!
It comes in 3 shades , I bought shade 1 . I'm a nc20 in Mac and this is a great shade for summer but might be a touch dark in winter so I'd say it's a 20/25 for shade.

I can't say I know a huge amount about BB creams, I bought and used the garnier one a few years ago when it came out and it was fine I had young skin and it was like a glowy tinted moisturiser.
This isn't like that it's a complete game changer for me. I cannot believe how much coverage and longevity I can get from something that isn't foundation!
I would class it as a medium to full coverage but it's so light and comfortable on my skin. I've been having no issues with any flaky skin and It's so natural and healthy looking.
I tried a few different ways to put it on hands, silicone sponge, regular sponge,  f20 etc but in the end I found my duo fibre stipple brush was the best way to apply and it gives a really natural light coverage of the BB cream.


One of the days I was wearing it I was going somewhere that I really needed it to last with coverage for me so I dusted some mineral foundation over it and it lasted beautifully.
It makes a couple of promises which in my opinion it absolutely delivers on.
1. Evens skintome and enlightens ✅
2. Diminishes imperfections and removes appearance of dull skin ✅
3. Helps to conceal fine lines, yes and my lines are a bit more than fine! ✅
4. Healthy looking skin in one step 😀✅
Along with all of this it has SPF 15, I genuinely think my sun damage level on my face would be really high (it's not I had a skin analysis with Bioderma recently, post coming soon) if it wasn't for SPF in foundations.
This is the base to choose for sunny summer days when you want seriously good coverage and staying power without using anything too heavy.
I've been really impressed with anything I have tried from note so far I'm hoping to pick up a few more bits from the range really soon .
If your looking for a local stockist they post regular updates on their Facebook and reply really quickly too  https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1641655356147324&ref=content_filter
   I will have a full post soon on the luminous moisturising foundation coming in the next week or so. 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wet n wild photofocus eyeshadow primer


Wet n Wild are one of the budget make up brands you can always count on for a few gems. 
Their photofocus products are on the ball at the moment, the foundation is like gold dust and is on the majority of bloggers must try lists and with good reason it really is a fantastic product. I don't have a review of it yet as I'm hoping to pick it up in a better shade for me before I trial it properly. With all this hype about the foundation you  shouldn't overlook some of their other products in the range. 




I have had this eyeshadow primer for a couple of months now but have only recently started using it religiously.


I never really used an eye primer for more than a special occasion before this one.
The primer is a beige colour but dries onto the eye clear.
You really only need to apply a tiny amount of this to your eye as it sets really hard and if you have it on heavy or clumpy it will flake.
Once you have this on right it's a hero product your eye make up will not budge not even a little bit. I have tested it over 8 hours and while using the primer it's probably the only time my eye make up has stayed on for full days.
It Works with all kinds of eye make up over it powder, cream etc.
The packaging is simple and I really like the tube for this you feel you can control the amount of product getting out so there isn't any wastage.

Wet n Wild is a cruelty free brand so none of their products are tested on animals.
The RRP for this is €5.95
If you are looking for local stockists Wet n Wild are really quick at getting back to enquiries on their Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/wetnwildIreland/

This post contains samples

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Mega Blank Canvas brush guide : eyes






June  is my birthday month and my lovely hubby said he would treat me to some new brushes for my present. I recently bought the F20 brush from Blank canvas and absolutely fell in love it's my go to foundation brush now and so I want to expand my collection. Blank canvas have such a huge range of brushes I got a bit overwhelmed about where to start looking and after hours of googling I decided to put all my findings together and hopefully it will help someone else when they're picking out there brushes.
As the range is so big I have split into a 2 part post this one is eyes and next will be face.
I have tried to fit in as much as possible not all of the brushes are herebut hopefully I can add to it as I add to my collection;)

E03- use for lip liner or highlighting inner tear duct.

E10- use for blending shadow into socket or under lower lash line, great for smaller eyes comes in synthetic & goat hair.

E23- short pencil brush used to smudge under eye shadow for smoky eye.

E24- flat shader used to pick up shadowsnd apply colour before blending.

E25- round top blending brush use to apply & blend shadow.

E26- use for all over application of shadow & for precision blending.

E27 - mini detailed brush use for precise placement and shadow blending.

E28 - ultra fine eyeliner brush use with cream or gel liner.

E32- Tapered brush for applying shadow into crease and blends seamlessly.

E34- vegan blending brush, flat brush use for applying & blending outer corner of eye and along lid.

E35 - vegan flat shader use for placing and shading on lid.

E36- use for contouring or concealer.

E37- pencil brush use to smudge shadow or liner for smokey eye.

E38 - brow finishing brush use with powder or gel to define your brows.

E39 - bent eyeliner brush use with cream , gel or powder to line your eyes.

E40 - flat brush use for placing and shading shadow.

E41- silky soft tapered brush excellent for blending in crease.

E44- a flat multi use brush, use for defining brows, applying shadow on lower lash line and for lining eyes with shadow.


These are all available from Clonaslee Pharmacy https://m.facebook.com/ClonasleePharmacy/

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Ripe by Roz Coffee Bean Scrub



I bought this coffee bean scrub about six weeks ago and have been using it about twice a week since then. Im a massive coffee addict so I was drawn to it straight away in hopes It would smell like coffee (it does!)

The packaging is gorgeous to look at , kind of looks like a bag of coffee beans. It has a resealable top and a foil inside. This scrub is dry inside so I found the packaging slightly difficult to use when my hands were wet as I didnt want to put wet hands into the pack but when i tried to pour some out It got a bit messy falling on floor etc. saying that Im not sure I could offer any suggestion as to alternative packaging.  It says on the directions to use this in the shower and you really should. The first attempt I made was in the bath I figured it would be easier as I was doing the whole tan prep thing. It was an absolute disaster. The bath looked like a coffee machine had exploded on it and It took a good bit of scrubbing to get rid of it all.It does still get slightly messy in the shower but nowhere near the bath and its very easy to wash away.

The directions tell you to rub the product between your hands to release the oils, I found after this the product was still a little dry so its worked better for me to have my hands damp or to add a little water to the scrub before using.
It looks and smells like really good quality coffee but you can definitely smell the sweetness of the almond oil coming through.
This scrub is hands down the best I have ever used for making my skin soft and smooth. The first time I used it I genuinely couldnt believe the difference in my legs It really looked like I had a professional treatment on them.

As I said I have been using this about twice a week and I really wish I had taken a before pic (even though Im not sure Id be brave enough to post) of Cellulite and how it is now. Its not gone that would be a miracle but It is so much improved my legs look more toned and the skin is so soft and summer ready. This retails for 14.95. by how I am using It I would imagine It would last just shy of 3 months.

Even though It is a little messy I totally disregard that because the product is fantastic. You can use It all over the body including face. I have only used it as a body scrub so cant comment on facial use.
It's a massive thumbs up fr

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Beauty Belle Tissue Masks

A few weeks ago Michael from Beauty Belle contacted me and asked if I would like to try some of their tissue masks, thanks Michael! He sent me some Korean sheet masks from BeautyPro which I have mostly tried out and here's my thoughts. First off I want to apologise for my photos they're a bit all over the place , when you get further down you will see a toddler and a train that caused all the mayhem with the pictures, but sometimes imperfection is just perfect 💙




I have tried the nourishing collagen mask with olive extract and the eye therapy under eye mask with collagen and green tea.
You will see a brightening mask in the photo too but I'm a mama to a small boy so time to relax with masks doesn't come around very often.
The only tissue masks I had used before were the garnier moisture bomb so I will compare slightly to those.
Collagen Mask with olive extract

The masks are packaged in a really slim , tidy foil packet that rips open easily across the top. The smell is divine it just smells like a salon (you know that smell!) sweet but not overpowering and a hint of excitement that your about to get pampered mixed in.
The mask is very easy to apply and much less wet than the garnier masks. This actually made it feel way more comfortable to wear and you don't get the shock of cold when you first put it on which makes it a way more pleasant experience. The mask stays on for 20 minutes ( if you can get that long to yourself!) and you should massage in any extra product when it's off. I didn't really have any extra product after my skin up drank everything on the mask! The science behind this  mask is the use of marine collagen combined with vitamins minerals & botanics to improve skin tone and complexion, the olive in this particular mask is great for dehydrated and thirsty skin , which judging by my results perfectly describes my skin.
I really liked this mask it was easy to use and my real judge of a good mask my make up went on easier and looked better  after using ! This mask retails for just under €6 you get a great  mask at a budget price one that could easily be part of a weekly skin care routine.




I also used the eye mask from BeautyPro I absolutely loved these they were so cool really easy to put on kind of like a gel plaster, (hydropatch is the correct word) stick them on under your eyes and you can relax or do housework or whatever they don't come off. What I mean is these are really busy person friendly you don't need to sit still to have these on. They are meant to target puffiness and fine lines and they absolutely do. I'm very lucky with my eyes that I'm not having major ageing signs there yet it has all been left to my forehead, so I rarely see any difference with eye product but I saw and felt the difference with these my eyes looked and felt so much smoother and tighter and I'm hoping that adding these to my weekly routine will keep my eyes looking young(ish) for a bit longer!
This also retails at just under €6 but for this you get 3 sets of the under eye masks so it's very good value.


All of these masks are available to buy from BeautyBelle

https://beautybelle.ie/shop/

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This post contains Samples.
 

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