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Benefit Gift Sets

Currently at the time of writing, Benefit at Debenhams is having a 10% off offer.

One thing which I’ve always loved about Benefit is the fact that they offer sets of their makeup and that they sell mini versions of many of their individual products. I personally believe that all brands should offer mini’s of their products- I’m much more likely to purchase a product after trying a smaller version of it.

Last month I nearly bought the new limited edition Anna Saccone Benefit Eyebrow kit but stopped myself. I used to buy a lot of benefit sets and I’m sad to see the ones I used to love no longer there.

(I wanted the “How to Look Best at Everything giftset as a teen, but the Benefit sales lady advised me against buying it as it didn’t suit my skin tone)

Now I’m looking at Benefit’s other sets and I’ve decided to rank them for you guys.

Benefit ‘Homemade Hotness’:

I actually own this kit and I can vouch for how amazing it is. I really love it because it has products for the whole face which I like. This kit is great for anyone new to Benefit as a brand because it features most of Benefit’s popular products.

Benefit complete hotness gift set

Benefit ‘The Pretty Started’:

I don’t own this gift set but I would definitely buy it if I didn’t own most of the products in the set – I own the full size version of Hoola and it is my main bronzer. I’ve had the same one for years, I don’t think it’s ever going to run out. I actually really want to try Galifornia blusher so I may buy something with that in it. I own the fullsize version of Whats Up and I swear by it.

It’s a great little set which includes a blusher, bronzer and a highlighter.

Benefit Anna Saccone Limited Edition Eyebrow Gift Set

This set is probably one of the most pricey sets which I’m showing on this post today. Usually retailing at €65.00, it is currently going for €58.50. While this set is pricey, there is a lot of great products included. Including two Pricisely my Brow pencil in shades 3.5 and 4, one fool proof brow powder in shade 4, one 3D browtones 2, and, one high brow glow highlighter. The only downside to this product is that since it is all in Anna’s colouring, anyone who isn’t the same shades as her can’t buy it.

Those are the three main sets which I like the most at the moment. Are there any sets which you like?

I really miss the old sets like All is Bright. I adored that set and regret throwing out the box.

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How to make pores smaller? Try the Porefessional

Probably one of the most sought after primers are those which minimalize pores. The Porepessional is the best of them all.

The Porefessional is one of Benefits well-renowned face primers which is claimed to be able to hide large pores, and smoothen skin. Since I have three years of experience with this lovely primer, I can confirm this is true. I love this product like no other, and I could not go without it.

Porefessional how to minimalize pore

As a person with combination skin, I have a big problem with pores. No other product other than this has helped me hide my pores. Another thing that I love about this product is that it smoothens out my skin and leaves a silky feeling behind. It is the perfect base for my foundation and definitely helps lengthens out the life of my makeup.

It is a brilliant primer, and leaves a lovely matte finish on my skin. I would really recommend this product to friends. I would rate it four out of five stars. Irish viewers can purchase it here at boots for €34. American and Canadian viewers can buy it here at Sephora for thirty-one USD. For those in the uk it is at boots uk for twenty-four pounds.

Thank you so much for reading xx

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Catrice Haul!!! Green or mean ?

Catrice anti-redness matte foundation

Catrice is a brand that I wouldn’t use often. When I was about fourteen years old I would have bought a couple of their products but since then, I haven’t given the brand much thought. More recently, I’ve been looking for a new foundation and when I saw one of Catrice’s while I was in Primark, I decided to give a few of their products a go and only wear those products for a couple of days. On Catrice’s website, they describe the brand as being a ‘pure joy of life’ and that their products are made of luxurious textures. Their words, not mine. One of the many positive sides to Catrice is that they do not test on animals. I bought a handful of products, and found out for myself, whether or not these products are as good as the brand claims they are.

Prime and Fine anti red base:

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This product was one of the main products that I really got excited over when I was buying my items. I have cool toned skin which has patches of red, so this primer could have been my answer to easing that. But it didn’t. The product claims to be long lasting, and hydrating but I have yet to notice any differences in my quite dry skin. When applying, this product left a very greasy feel to my skin which I did not like. It was very quite sticky due to its thick formula. It also was very shimmery – it made my face very shiny no matter how much matte powder I put on. The of the few good things about this product is that it managed to not make my makeup look cakey.

Anti-redness primer

If you are the type of person who likes to only wear primer without any foundation, then this primer is not for you. It is bright green and stays that colour unless a foundation is applied over it. The primer also did very little when it came to actually concealing the red parts of my face which is the reason I bought it in the first place. The product was just under five euro so it wasn’t a huge surprise that it didn’t work out. What I did find I could do with this primer, is that if I add this to foundation that it is too yellow for my skin tone, it can help even out the colour to match better. So for all of the reasons stated above, I give this product a rating of 1 out of 10!

Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation

Even Skin tone foundation

This foundation is one of Catrice’s newest foundations so when I picked it, I had never heard of the foundation before. It’s a foundation that is supposed to create a more even skin tone over time, cover imperfections, and give wearers beautiful skin. This foundation offers medium to high coverage and has a spf of 25. The brand claims that this foundation will leave a silky, matte finish. I got the foundation in the shade in 005 – even ivory – and the first things I noticed about this foundation is that they only offer four shades and all of them would be for paler girls. I love the packaging of this product. The product is in clear glass with black writing on it. With a clear lid, it looks more expensive than what it is in my opinion.

When I went to put on the foundation, I found it was quite hard to blend in compared to the other foundations I have but in the end, it blended and left a beautiful finish. It was bliss. My skin looked matte but at the same time, not dry. My pores were reduced and my skin looked lovely. I then went out for a couple of hours shopping for back to school books 😦 and came home within three hours. Imagine the horror I felt when I noticed that my skin looked like someone had rubbed oil all over it. Quickly taking it off, I assumed that it had been the primer which had made it go so greasy and oily. I then reapplied only the foundation and some matte powder on my t-zone. Within the hour, it had gone very shiny again. Now, I have quite dry skin so its very odd for a foundation to get oily on me, especially after an hour. I live in Ireland, so the hottest it would have been would be about 18 or 19 degrees Celsius. It wasn’t hot out nor was it raining. The foundation itself just did not stay matte. This product cost me nine euro, so once again, it was a cheap buy. I’d give this product 3 out of 10 due to it being a nice colour that suits my skin tone. It also covered up most of my blemishes.

All Matt Plus Shine Control Powder

Mattifying powder

Out of the products that I bought, this would be one of my favourites. My first impression of the product wouldn’t have been the best due to the foundation above but once I paired this product with a Revlon foundation, it was perfect. The finish itself is very smooth and shine free – as promised by Catrice. This product promises to be mattifying, long-lasting, and ultra silky. I find all the mentioned above to be true. The colour I got is transparent so it has no effect on what colour my face is. The product would last for about four hours before needing topping up, which is quite good in my opinion. I expected very little of this product so that might be the main reason that I love it so much. The product did not irritate my skin like some other products like this one have in the past and it did not dry out my skin or make me break out either which is always a good thing.

Catrice matte powder review

The product leaves a very like velvet type of feel to the skin. Overall, I would rate this powder a 8 out of ten! It’s a must buy and a great steal at only €3.99.

Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve owned this product for years now and it was the first palette that I ever attempted to do a smokey eye look with. This palette is like an old friend to me. One of the first things I have to say is that this palette is that like Catrice claim, these colours are longlasting and great for many looks. On the back of the palette, they have a guide on how to do a basic smokey eye look which would be convenient for young girls who have yet to try out a smokey eye look. I know that when I was about fourteen, I had no idea how to do my eyes. I would just swipe some eyeshadow on the lid, and off I’d go. Honestly, it wasn’t until last year that I actually started to look at makeup tutorials.

The colours in this are mostly all matte but each have a hint of shimmer in them. Except for the lighest shade which is a shimmer highlighter shade. As you can see in the picture below, the colours are very pigmented and I find that this palette is brilliant for travelling since it is a nice size – its not too large nor too small. I would really recommend this product to everyone. If you don’t like brown eyeshadow then there are other colours as well to buy. I would give this a ten out of ten!!!

Multi Colour compact powder

So basically this is another compact powder but the colour was too dark for me so I used it as a subtle bronzer instead which looked great and lasted the day. The one flaw I found with this product was that I found it hard to actually open the powder xD. As seen in the picture below, the powder is actually a mix of many different colours.

Long Lasting Eye=pencil Waterproof

The last product that I bought was this eyepencil which is a metal grey colour. I love to have colourful eyeliner to try and bring out the colour of my eyes which are grey. This hit the spot. The colour lasted for more than five hours and looked amazing against my eye makeup. At three euro, this was a great buy which I’d buy again when it runs out.


Thank you for reading this blog post. To say the least, I have very mixed feelings towards Catrice.

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My trip to London: Day 1

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.

Terry’s Cafe

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.

 

 

The outside of the Imperial War Museum 

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.

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Collection Pressed Powder

Hello beauties! How are you all today? Today I am back with another blog post. I have been posting quite frequently recently and I honestly feel quite proud of myself. I have always struggled to keep up a routine of posting regularly – as anyone could see based on how many posts I have each month!

Today, I have a review for one of my favourite go to products by the drugstore brand Collection. I have yet to find a product by Collection which I dislike, and better yet, most of Collections products are under a fiver! Great quality for a small cost. Makeup can often be expensive so it’s good to have brands like Collection available for times when money is low. This brand does everything a beauty lover could wish for, but today, I am writing a review on their pressed powder that I discovered a couple of weeks ago! To put it precisely, I absolutely adore it.


I am a very pale girl so often I find it hard to find products that are pale enough for my skintone, without making me look like an orange. Collection is a great range for pale girls. The powder I use is in the shade 18- Ivory. Now, I bought mine in Boots, however they no longer seem to stock it. But, Asda sells it for under two pounds.

This pressed powder is great for those who need a powder that will last throughout the day! I found that often I could go through a whole night out, and go home with my powder still intact. The powder blends into the skin very well and is not cakey at all, unlike some other powders that I have used in the past. It is particularly good for keeping my T-zone oil free while giving my face a natural look. It sets my makeup greatly. It’s superior to some other powders that I have used in the past due to it not cracking and it lasts all day for me without having to touch it up.

Overall, I really find this powder to be worth the price, and I highly recommend it to all of my readers!

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How to take care of sun burnt skin

 

Two of the best moisturisers for the sunburnt skin!
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.

 

 

Aveeno 
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.

 

Spray & Go

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!

XXXX

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Lipstick Thursday: Stay Mauve


As you could probably tell by the title, on thursdays, I’ll be doing lipstick reviews. Since today is the first Thursday that I’m doing this, I decided to review a lipstick that I’ve have had forever. It’s the Estee Lauder Double Wear lipstick in the shade Stay Mauve. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this lipstick if I’m to be honest and I’ll explain why below.


Lets start the good aspects of this lipstick. I love the colour firstly. It’s a deep berry pink colour that I find is perfect for the colder months of the year and will match my wardrobe brilliantly for the next couple of months. It’s a satin lipstick and is very easy to apply. One coat is enough to get a lovely finish.  The colour is perfect for girls with cooler skin tones. It’s texture is very creamy and soft. I also find it’s very long wearing.  The packaging of the lipstick is very chic and pretty.


The only problem that I have with this lipstick is that it seems to go everywhere and I much prefer Captive by Mac which I find to be better value. Overall I do like this lipstick, it’s just not my favourite.

Thanks for reading,

Cxx

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Foamingly Clean !!!!


I mentioned in my post on Monday, that this week, I am focusing on skin care products and I did not lie, today, here is a review of Foamingly Clean facial wash by Benefit. Words cannot describe how much I adore this product. To go along with their fantastic makeup range, their skin care range does not disappoint. I first tried out their skin range about two years ago when I bought their bag of mini skin products and I loved Foamingly clean from the first time I used it. Due to it’s effect on my skin, I decided that the full sized product would be a good investment and I was not wrong.


One of the main things that I love about this product is that it leaves my skin so clean and refreshed. It also doesn’t leave any residue at all either. I love how soft my skin is after I use this product. True to it’s name, the product feels like foam when applied to the skin. This cleanser has a lovely smell which is of cucumbers.  I find that everytime I use this product, it always leaves my skin extremely soft and it really clears my skin up. Also, a little bit goes a long way so this product should last me for a long time. The product itself is very large too.


The one bad thing that I can say about this product is it’s packaging. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very pretty and appealing to the eyes but it has no pump. No pump!!!  The bottle is quite hard to squeeze the product out too which is another bad thing about the packaging. I do like the colour and feel of it, but it isn’t the most ideal when it comes to being practical for easy use.


This product like all other Benefit products is quite pricey. It cost me twenty five euro but I have yet to regret buying it. I am quite cautious when it comes to buying different products that are a little bit more expensive than others. I would recommend this product for anyone looking for a great cleanser.

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My current skincare routine


Skincare is something that I really value and like a lot of people, I tend to vary with different products. Each of the products that I’ll be mentioning below, I’ll be doing seperate reviews on each if I haven’t already reviewed them. This week, I’m basically going to be focusing a lot on skin care products that I love.

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Once a week, I apply the seaweed ionic face mask to help get rid of my black heads. I have a review of it on here already. I tend to find that this product can be very harsh at times on the skin so I often apply the Quick Fix mega moisture mask that is for thirsty skin. I only apply these once a week but that is enough for my skin.

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Now, with my daily skin care routine, I often change and switch the products with different ones as I said already but  at the moment I’m really loving the products that I’m currently using.  The first thing I do in the morning is wash my face.  The cleanser I use is made by Benefit and is the Foamingly Clean.  This cleanser is very true to it’s name; it foams up on my skin and leaves my skin feeling very clean.  This cleanser is one of the best I’ve used and I’ll be going into it in more depth when I post its review.  Once I’ve washed my face, it’s then time for me to tone. The toner I use is the Garnier Refreshing Toner which I also already have a review posted on. Then I moisturize with the Soap and Glory Fab Pore micro smoothing moisture cream.   I love this product and it really  helps my skin be less dry.  At night, I do the same routine, only I also use the Pore cleansing facial exfoliator from the body shop as well.

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My makeup routine for school

Usually when it comes to school, I couldn’t be bothered to wear any makeup, but sometimes, I wake up inspired to make myself look better than I do usually do in school.

Most of the time though, I prefer to sleep for an extra half an hour. The trouble with my school – and many other schools – is that there is a strict policy regarding makeup. That means I have to wear it very subtly but still make myself look as good as possible. It can feel like a daunting task and it often puts me off even bothering to do anything with makeup in the morning.

To start my makeup routine, I cleanse, tone and moisture my face as I do everyday anyway. I like to look after my skin when I remember to, that is. The cleanser I use is the Seaweed Purifying facial cleanser by the body shop and is well worth the money. My toner which I am using at the moment is the Refreshing Toner by Garnier. My moisturizer cream is by soap and glory and is called The Fab Pore. These three products are great and I’d recommend them for anyone looking for new skin products.

Then I set my primer. The Primer that I use would the Porefessional by Benefit which helps cover large pores. As a person who has quite the large pores, this product really helps me not be insecure about how my pores look. As for the priming element of this primer, I find that it helps make my foundation last for a couple of hours longer than what it would without the primer. The Porefessional is very easy to apply and feels like silk on the skin. Some would see it as very expensive, which it is but I think that it is worth the price since you are paying for a product that works.

After having put my primer on, I then get a bit of my favourite foundation, which is Revlon Colorstay in the shade 110 ivory. I don’t use much of this and using a brush by Real Techinques, I apply the product on my t-zone and blend in it using a beauty blender. After that I apply my Stay Matte pressed powder by Rimmel which is in the shade of 002 pink blossom.  Once again, I apply this product using a real techniques brush that I got in a gift set.

Next, its time to bronze my cheeks. Using my Hoola bronzer by Benefit cosmetics, I sweep a bit of this onto both cheekbones, to give them a bit more definition. I am very careful with how much I apply, because I want it to look natural, and not look fake. Then for my blush I apply the Danedelion blush which is also made by benefit. I have an obsession with benefit products and can not refrain from purchasing their products. The cute packaging just lures me in. Now that my face is done, I start to work on my eyes.

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From left to right: Venus, Foxy, WOS (walk of shame), Naked 2, Faint, and Crave.

Now my eye makeup, is very simple when it comes to school, I don’t like having to go too much trouble so to get a nice but easy look, I use the Naked Basics palette to achieve it. I will be posting a proper review of this palette later on this week so I won’t be going on too much about  the product.

For my look, I only use four out of the six colours. For the whole eyelid, I fill it in with the colour Foxy. I don’t use a primer for my eyes in this case. Then for my outer lid, I apply the W.O.S shade to highlight the outer corner in a subtle way. I then apply the lightest of the three darker shades and apply it in the crease to create shadows. After all of this, I apply the only shimmer shade, venus to the brow bone and to the inner corner of my eyes. Once I have my eye-shadow done, I apply one coat of my favourite mascara, They’re Real by Benefit (again) and off I go to school for the day. This is my perfect look for school !!