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It seems that every time I walk into a store, I leave with new hair products. It’s like I say to myself “Yeah sure, I bought a new shampoo last week, but this one has coconut in it, and shampoo rotations are good for the hair.” I just can’t help it, all the colourful bottles seem to lure me in, all of them silently calling me over. The only thing is, I find hair products often to be quite disappointing. John Frieda? He could not master my frizzy mane. OXY? Yeah no, their shampoo also did little to smooth out my hair. However there are certain brands that I would take a bullet for.
I love Garnier. Their hair care range is so extensive that the Ultimate Blends range has twelve different ranges within it!
From their hair masks to their hair oil, I have to call on my inner self control whenever I pass a garnier section in my local boots or Tesco. I recently bought three products from them in one go! It honestly really hard to even pick what Garnier hair range I wanted to purchase in the first place – they all smell amazing, leave my hair feeling and looking the bomb. They’re all so reasonably priced that it’s almost impossible to not buy every product which they offer. Thankfully the last time I bought a garnier haul, I was able to chose three products to buy. Wanting to treat my hair (which the summer heat has not treated well, at all!!!!), I bought a hair shower mask from their olive range, a hair oil from their argan and camellia range, and a hair balm from their argan and almond range. Picking was hard – I really wanted to also buy their oatmeal ranges heat protector cream, but, my inner self-control reasoned that buying four products was too much for one Tesco trip.
Olive Oil Hair Mask:
The first thing I want to say is that Garnier has a brilliant range of hair masks. I would buy all of them if seemed like a rational idea. However, buying more than one hair mask at any time seems a bit wasteful to me. I settled for the Mythical Olive range because of the properties it offered: for dry, brittle. The brittle part put me off a tiny bit as my hair may be dry, but it isn’t brittle. However, I love the mask.
“Intensely nourishes dried out hair without weighing it down.”
That definitely sounds like a property that I needed in a hair mask. This mask is fantastic, I leave it in my hair for five minutes before I condition, then I wash it out. It’s quick, it’s easy, and, it’s amazing. It retails at £4.99 pounds and is a bargain for the great care it gives to my hair. Another amazing thing about the garnier hair mask range is that they’re also available in sample sizes for £1, so it’s easy to test all them out to find one which suits you best!
My personal favourite hair mask is their 3 in 1 coconut mask. That mask however deserves a post of its own as it’s a 3 in 1.
The Marvellous Glow Oil with Argan And Camellia Oils:
Probably the first thing to draw my eye to this oil was the fact that it offers UV protection! I always find it so easy to find products for my face with UV protection, however, finding cheap products with UV protection for hair is rare for me. This oil is a bit more expensive than the hair mask, however it’s worth the price. It has many purposes. I put some in my hair before washing to prepare my hair, and I use it after I condition on wet hair to lock in moisture. I apply it to my dry hair to liven up my hair on bad hair days. I personally don’t straighten my hair as I love my curls, but this miracle oil also offers up to 230 degrees heat protection!! As claimed by the brand, this oil adds a glowing shine to my dry hair even on its worst of days.
Some other things which I love about this product is that it doesn’t leave my hair greasy. I tend to find that a lot of oils leave my hair looking like I haven’t showered in days! Especially in the front of my hair. This is a feature of oils which makes me hesitate before I spend my money on them. Thankfully, this particular oil does not make my hair look greasy. I only have tried one other oil from garnier which is the coconut oil -also very good- so I can’t make a broad statement and say that all Garnier oils are like this. However this particular oil is amazing how it nourishes without leaving excess oil behind.
For anyone wanting silky, nourished hair, I would thoroughly recommend this fantastic oil. It is available for £9.99
I have thick, frizzy at times, curly hair. Things tends to get crazy on my between wash days. When going to work, I don’t tend to have time to shower in the morning as I have to commute using two buses. This means that I often shower at night, and, by the morning time, my hair tends to resemble a Lion’s mane. Now, I have nothing against lions, however, I don’t like it when my hair looks like one.
It was for this reason that I picked up this particular hair product. The claim the bottle made that it could soften my hair while taming it, really perked my interest. This product has both Argan Oil and Almond cream in it. Paraban and silicone free with a bottle which can be recycled, this product is great. I really love leave in conditioners like this one. I tend to find that as someone with dry hair I often need more than just conditioner that I wash out. That is why this leave-in conditioner is so handy for me – it gives my hair the extra love and care that it desperately needs!
I used to have a lot of hair mousses which I recently swapped for creams like this one. While the hair mousses did great things for the appearance of my hair in the short run, leave in conditioners like the Garnier argan leave-in conditioner treat my hair better in both the short run and the long run. The cream tames my hair when I put it in but I’ve also noticed a general tamer appearance over the past few weeks that I’ve been using it. I will definitely be repurchasing it when I run out.
Recently, I’ve started to love Urban Decay. My current favourite liptick is a cream one by them called Rush. I find that a nice lipstick can complete any makeup look. However, with my pale complexion I tend to be very hestitant when wearing lipstick. Bright and dark colours can easily look scary on me so I’m very comfortable with nudes and light pinks. I also tend to wear cream lipsticks over mattes due to how dry my lips can get- there is nothing worse than chapped lips.
Back in June, I tried Urban Dacays lipticks for the first time. I had gone to the store on Grafton Street (in Dublin) with one of my friends. This friend of mine is a huge Urban Decay junkie and she helped me pick out a liptick. When I first swatched Rush, I really felt like it was an easy colour for me. Something I could apply and wear with no trouble.
What is it:
Rush is part of Urban Decay’s Vice collection. It’s a creamy, pink mauve colour that has a slight sheen finish. Urban Decay’s uk site claims that the creamy Vice lipsticks has a butter blend which comforts and enhances, leaving the lips soft.
What does it look like:
Vice Lipstick comes in a modernized, luxed-up version of our original lipstick case that looked like a shotgun shell. It’s new, but speaks to our roots. The faceted gunmetal case has a gold base and debossed lettering, and our custom-designed lipstick features an embossed “UD.” We even added a shade-matched label (including the shade name and finish) to make it easy to find the right color within the depths of your bag.
What are the properties:
The texture is creamy and great for those with dry lips.
The product is long lasting.
The product is cruelty free.
The pigment and colour range is unreal.
It’s very easy to apply.
It doesn’t wash out pale skin.
With over a hundred shades to choose from, there is a lipstick from Urban Decay for every beauty obsessed person. Also, there is a vice app where you can try on different shades of Urban Decay’s lipticks to check if they’ll suit you before buying!
At €18.50 this lipstick can be seen as quite expensive but is honestly worth every penny!
The other day, I arrived home from London. I was only there for four days and three nights but it was an amazing holiday. I honestly wish I was still there. I’m a huge city girl, and I loved the buzz that I felt around London. Ever since I first visited London when I was thirteen, I have loved the city. My family decided to visit because I just finished my exams so it was a bit of a treat for me. It’s kind of bitter sweet, thinking about the holiday now because it flew by so quickly, and I already wish to go back. I decided to make some posts about what I did while I was there.
Day one of my London trip began at 3.a.m. in the morning. Despite the early hour, I felt wide awake and fully prepared to take on the day. The excitement from the fact that I was going on holiday gave me all the energy that I needed. The only drawback was security. For some reason, going through security machines in both the airport or shops always makes me extremely nervous. I don’t know why as I have never stolen anything nor do I own dangerous items. I brought no liquids with me on my carry on to be completely safe. I also made sure not to wear any metal on my person. Once through security, it was maybe 4.30.a.m. We had gotten through the check-in part of the terminal very quickly and security was also very quick to get through. I then headed with my family to get some breakfast which was stressful. Anyone who has been in terminal 2 of Dublin airport will know that the layout is terrible in the food court – especially when it’s busy. It’s long and narrow making it hard to actually access some of the food. Much to our dismay, by the time we got through the long queue, our food was cold. By the time we were finished, it was 5.30 a.m. and suddenly, our flight was having it’s final boarding.
We had to rush to the place where our plane was taking off from and finally got on. It was odd that we boarded so early. Then it actually took about 45 minutes to lift off. At 6.30, we had arrived in Gatwick airport. I soon learnt the hard way why packing light is vital when travelling. We got a train to London Bridge train station. There I had my first black taxi experience. I don’t know how Londoners feel about them, but I am obsessed with the traditional London taxi’s. Irish Taxi’s are just normal cars and really boring at the best of times! We were staying near Borough Market- although we never actually had time to visit the market place itself- in the Borough area. We went and had a proper English breakfast in a lovely, authentic breakfast cafe, called Terry’s Cafe. The food there was actually the nicest food I’ve had in a while, but it was really the decorations that I loved the most. From old pictures of London to wireless radios and old boxing gloves, I felt like I had traveled into the past while I was eating Brunch.
After eating the best breakfast of my life, I headed to the Imperial War Museum, which was amazing. For a free tourist attraction, it had a lot of exhibitions. It had old war tanks and old world war 2 uniforms. From Bomber jets to Victoria Cross medalists, the museum told the story of different people who lived during different wars, both in the past and more recently. They had exhibitions on life for a London family during the Second world war, which I loved. It’s one thing to know the facts about the war, it’s a different thing to discover the way it effected the people who lived during the history we casually learn in school. I then got an ice cream while my sister bought about ten key rings from the gift shop.
It wasn’t until two o’clock did we get to check into our apartment that we were staying at. I was exhausted at this stage, and the thought of going anywhere else was looking very doubtful. However, later on in the evening, we boarded a bus – which was exciting because it was the first time I had ever been on a red bus which is such an icon for London in the eyes of a foreigner. Getting the bus to Kings Cross station, I achieved what every child dreams of- going to Platform 9 and three quarters! I lined up for about an hour but it was so worth it. My sister and I donned the red and gold Gryfindor scarves and got our photo taken. I nearly went for a Slytherin scarf to annoy the attendant who had a clear disdain for the house. Once I had purchased my picture, I bought some house pencil and a box of Berty Botts sweets.
My first day in London was long yet amazing. Looking back on it, I wish I could be in a time-loop and do it all over again! But there is no stopping time. I love family holidays because I love getting to spend time with my parents and my two little sisters.
It’s been quite a while since I last posted here… well I just finished my state Exams and I am officially on holidays. It’s crazy how quick my secondary school experience ended. I can’t believe that I am finally done my exams. It felt that they would never end, but they did! Now that the stress of school is over, I plan to put more posts on my blog, meaning that I may need some new products.
Since I wanted to make a fairly quick post to get my blog started up again, I decided to make a post of things that I currently have my eye on. It was my birthday a couple of weeks, so I got a good bit of money. I’m travelling to London in about three weeks so I’ll probably binge a bit when I get there. I realised after making this list, that I seem to be obsessed with Urban Decay at the moment. I can’t help it, their collection is so pretty, you know? I haven’t bought any new makeup in about six months so I definitely deserve a shopping spree – celebrating my exams ending would be a great excuse to go out shopping!
Anyways, here is my current wish list:
The minute I saw this palette, I instantly fell in love with it. I have three naked palettes: Naked 3, Naked Smokey and Naked Basics. I love them. I have only actually ever really used Urban Decay eyeshadows but I do want to try more of their range in the future. This palette is not released at the time of writing this but I think that the colours are really pretty. It appears to be the perfect palette for the warm winter months. I will , of course, wait to purchase until it has been out a while – I would rather read loads of reviews before throwing money down the drain.
Garnier Camomile face mask
Anyone who knows me will know that I adore face masks. Nothing brings me more joy than a face mask. I also love Garnier. I have tried the moisture bomb mask and loved it so imagine how excited I am to try Garnier’s new Camomile mask in the moisture bomb range. Due to the hot weather, my skin has been feeling very dry and tired so this mask looks like the perfect mask for me. The thing that I love the most about Garnier is the fact that their products are great for skin for an inexpensive price. €1.80 for this facemask. What a bargain! I have no idea when I’ll actually get to try this face mask but I am looking forward to it!
Naked Skin Shapeshifter
This is probably the item that I’m least likely to purchase on this list. Mainly for the reason that I’m really pale and I worry that the light shades on this contour palette will be too dark for me- it happens a lot with things like this. This is a three-in-one complexion palette for contouring, highlighting and color-correcting. It claims to have blendable and build-able shades. I really like the look of this palette and if has great reviews on Debenhams. But for €47 I will have to try the shades out on my face before even thinking about buying it.
Mac Burgundy nines
In general, I think that the MAC cosmetics Nine Times palettes are gorgeous- I love the look of all of them. But there is something about the Burgundy one that really catches my eye and stands out to me. Firstly, I love the purple toned colours. I wouldn’t be a big fan of such colours but at the moment, they are really jumping out at me. I have been looking at this palette for a while now, and I definitely hope to purchase it when I’m in London. It seems to overall have great reviews with a 4/5 star rating. If I end up buying it, I’ll definitely post a review here.
Naked illuminated trio
Recently I have been highlight crazy and this beautiful highlighting palette by Urban Decay definitely catches my eye. It’s a limited edition trio designed to create a sophisticated, Naked shimmer. It claims to be a lightweight product with light reflecting properties. It creates an instant glow on the user’s body or face. It includes three shades: Pyrite (the gold shade), Oasis (frosted taupe), and Twilight ( iridescent pink shade) as shown in the picture above. Like many other products on this list, it has many good reviews. For €35, I really like the look of this palette and may buy if I come across it when I’m out shopping.
L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity mask
I already have the detox face wash and glowface wash from this range. I love them and plan to review them sooner or later. However, recently I met up with my best friend and her skin was radiant looking. I was literally staring in awe at her skin for a good ten minutes before I finally asked her, what her skin secrets were. She laughed, and told me that it was the L’oreal purity mask. I was amazed and I knew that I need that mask. The results on her skin was out of this world. She was wearing no makeup, yet her skin looked as if it belonged to a model’s. I quickly went online and started to read reviews- her experience was not unique. The three clays and eucalyptus seem to do amazing things for the skin. I am a big fan of clay masks for my troubled T-zone. I’ll probably buy the three packet mini’s to try all three masks since I love the face wash versions.
Well beauties, that is all of my wish list for today. Other items that nearly made the cut include Too Faced “Papa don’t peach”, Urban Decay’s optical primer, and Barry M contour cream palette.
Hello beauties ❤️. Today I am back with a review of one of my favourite yet least favourite highlight and contour kits. To be precise, in this kit, I love part of it – the contour stick- but I hate the other part- the highlighting stick. Now I bought this set two years ago so this is no longer available on the market, however, their new contour kit is pretty similar to this one.
I only use the bronzer crayon of this set. The highlighter crayon is the same tone as my skin tone- I am too pale for light products- so I never use it. But whenever I wore during summer time- i.e when I had more tan than usual- I always found it to be very shimmery. It had the effect of applying glitter to your face. It did not last long and I have never been impressed with the highlighting skills of this crayon. It would have been perfect as a cheekbone highlighter but it had no staying power.
The bronzing crayon on the other hand is what I use to contour. It is easily blendable and is leaves a natural yet flawless finish. It is a great shade for my pale skin tone. It does not wash out my skin nor is it too dark. The kit I had bought was the palest they offered in the store where I bought it. I believe in the shop, they only had three shades on offer. There was probably more online.
Although this particular kit is no longer available, I am keen to try kikos new contour crayons as mine are pretty much run out of bronzer.
To me, a makeup look is never complete without a touch of lipstick. Lipstick is the soul of makeup and can turn a frown upside down. Makeup has always been a great way for me to express myself and show another artistic part of me that may not be shown otherwise. When it comes to lipsticks, I have very little nude shades. All of my lipsticks are either bright in your face reds, or cool purples, or bright pinks. So when my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I decided to research the best nude lipstick for my skin tone. I have a cool skin tone and I’m very pale, so I had to find the correct colour that would flatter me best.
It seemed that everywhere I looked, people were raving about one particular Mac lipstick; Velvet Teddy. I liked the name so I decided to research more into this lipstick since it seemed to be a very popular and almost cliché lipstick amongst the beauty gurus of youtube. I found out that it was a matte lipstick with an almost velvety finish and based on the excellent reviews that it go on different websites, I decided to ask for it for my birthday.
Upon receiving it on my birthday, I quickly fell in love with the nude lipstick and I have been told by many people that the shade really suits me. I feel great when I wear. While it is matte, it is not as dry as other matte lipsticks that I have from Mac like Ruby Woo – although Ruby Woo has a different formula and is a different intended finish so they shouldn’t be compared- and it applies very easily. It takes me mere seconds to apply it which is handy because I am often in a rush when leaving the house. The formula is very smooth and doesn’t dry out my lips which is a huge relief. It usually lasts throughout my entire day out so I tend to leave it at home rather than bring it with me when I am out and about.
I love the colour of this lipstick and I love how it’s a cute muted mauve colour with pink undertones. I am not the type of person who would usually be comfortable in a brown-based lipstick like this one, but I am very comfortable in this lipstick. I don’t use a lip pencil with this lipstick as I don’t feel the need for it. I would definitely buy this lipstick again and I would recommend it to all of my friends if they were looking for a brown/nude lipstick. Overall, it’d give it a rating of five stars out of five because it is amazing.
Thank you for reading xxx
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While some people may like to call themselves ‘sun gods‘ or sun goddesses‘, other people like myself, tend to either be one of the two following colours during the summer; Porcelain ghost white or lobster red. Living in Ireland, this summer had been quite cloudy, unfortunately, meaning that I have yet to tan. Until last week when the sun actually came out for once and decided to grace Ireland with heat. Crowds rushed to the beaches to try and get that golden tan that the media seems to love. I’m quite a sceptic of the sun and I fear getting burnt, so I tend to cover myself in the highest coverage sun lotion possible and then use after-sun afterwards. This worked for me for the majority of the weather. Until one cloudy day when I managed to get burnt on my arm and my chest. Now, I had quite protective clothes on and sun lotion- even though it was not sunny out- but somehow I managed to get burnt.
Fearing the worst, once I realised I was burnt I quickly tried to ease the burning and prevent future peeling of my sore skin. I was successful. Keep on reading down below for how I managed to look after my skin.
The first step of healing burnt skin is to cool the skin down. This can be done quite easily but it may take a long time. For those who have time, a long soak in a bath of cold water could do for this bit. But I did not have such time. I have a busy day and I had to do things as I cooled down my skin. So instead, I got a couple of washcloths and wet them before placing them onto my burnt skin. This action would give me instant relief, but it would only help for a while so I had to keep on putting them and taking them off. I also took some painkillers to help with the pain as it felt like my skin was on fire.
The next step was moisturising the skin. This step is very important as it locks water into the skin and helps to prevent dehydration. I would recommend either natural yoghurt or Aloe Vera gel for this step. Both are very cooling to the skin. Unfortunately, I had neither of these at home so I had to resort to other tactics. Instead, I used an Aveeno fragrance-free ‘Daily Moisturising Lotion’ before applying the Vaseline ‘Spray and Go body moisturiser’ over the Aveeno one. This moisturiser by Vaseline has Aloe Vera in it and really helped the healing process.
I still had very bad pain in my arm by the end of the day and after complaining to a close of mine, she recommended that I soak two green tea bags in cold water for 5-10 seconds before dabbing them over my arm for ten minutes to cool the skin and help it. It’s an old Indian healing recipe, and I’m pretty sure it worked. I didn’t have any more pain in my arm since I tried that. Anything I did was drink plenty of water as it is very easy to become dehydrated after coming sunburnt so that was important to me too.
I hope this post was helpful for those who have gotten sunburnt, thanks for reading!
So after nearly a year of no posting, I have finally decided to come back and try my best to get back into my blog. I feel the blog itself needs a bit of a revamping but I will be able to get onto doing that later on. One thing that has not changed in the last ten months or so is my obsession with beauty and skincare. I adore both of them. I often feel that my makeup clogs up my pores however when I wear a lot of it and I always loved to remedy that. My skin is very important to me, and I like to think that if I look after it when I’m young, I will set up good habits for later on in life.
It is for that reason that I bought the Soap and Glory as it is a deep pore detox mask. I had honestly never read reviews on this product before I bought it but after the first time I used it, I fell deeply in love with it. One of the coolest thing about this mask however is that it’s a self heating mask. And it also changes colour from the original green colour to a light colour. Now this mask is for people with Oily or combination skin, the latter is what I have.
So how do I use it ? Well, I simply dab a bit onto my face when it’s dry before I wet my fingers and rub it in. The water on my fingers trigger the self heat and makes the colour change from green to blue. Then, after about five minutes, I wash it off with a warm, wet washcloth. I would really recommend this product to everyone I know as not only does it unclog my pores, it also leaves my face feeling very soft as well.
Usually in Boots Ireland, the product costs €15.99 but at the moment, there is a sale on selected Soap and Glory products meaning it is only €11.99 right now. In the UK boots, it is usually £11.50.
Thank you all for reading, and until next time, xx.
Hello beauties 🙂
So I haven’t really been that active recently. Mainly because school has left me so tired that the only thing I can think of is homework and sleep. But now it’s nearly October and the main thing I’m thinking about is Halloween which might just be my favourite holiday. It’s tied with Christmas and I can’t pick between the two. Both are pretty awesome. Once a week starting next week I’ll be posting Halloween Tutorials which I’m so excited for because dressing up and becoming someone else is one of the best things about Halloween. I can barely hold my thoughts in right because I can’t wait to do them.
Now, onto the actual review. The product that I am reviewing today is the soft kohl kajal eye liner pencil in the shade 07 Pure white ( I did not know that white can be pure but okay 😉 by Rimmel London. I am not a big eye liner wearer type of person. I can only really apply pencils like this but when I was testing this out, I had never used the colour white before. I do like this one as it’s very easy to apply. The only problem I had with it is that it would not be easy to smoothen out. It’s like chalk. It’s long lasting though so that’s a good thing. I mostly would use it on my water line but my friend used it for under her eyebrows which was great too. I do like this pencil but it’s a little bit too hard for my liking.