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This spring and summer is all about the pastels and it is no different in the nail department. As much as I love my dark reds, purples and blacks I am ready to put them aside and make space for airy fairy pastel shades. L’Oreal has had my attention for a while now with their latest nail offering being a gorgeous little collection of four white based shades: Les Blancs. The first one I’ve picked up to see if I like it is number 852 Pistachio Dragée, which is a gorgeous milky pistachio / mint colour. I love the shade and am very happy with the formula of the polish, great coverage in two coats and good lasting power. It goes on a bit streaky with the first coat but the second coat makes everything look flawless.
The only little thing I don’t love about this polish is the wide brush. I must be the only person on the planet who doesn’t like these but I have very small nails and it is hard for me to get precise edges with brushes like that. I’m sure all of you reading this will see it as a positive.
All in all, I absolutely love this polish and will be picking up the other 3 gorgeous shades for sure. The other colours are also all white based (hence the name) – there is a gorgeous pale lavender (851 Nouvelle Vague), peach (856 Peach Neglige) and a gentle yellow (850 Lemon Meringue). They will all be making appearances on the blog in the coming weeks.
I love the fact that the Color Riche polishes come in small 5ml bottles. I never really finish the large nail polishes before they go gloopy.
L’Oreal Color Riche Les Blancs Pistachio Dragée €7.69 from Boots
Have you tried any of these?
Today’s Best of Beauty post (a series created by the lovely Samantha from All the Buzz) had me thinking long and hard for this past week. I tend to buy a lot of high end products and use them on a regular basis so I was trying to come up with something that is a princess-like splurge, even for me. And finally, after going through my beauty stash I came across this…
I present to you my ultimate indulgence, the Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne – very well loved, hence the low levels and battered label. I adore this fragrance, it has something quite unusual and heady, almost masculine, about it, it’s a very dark, sexy fragrance and whenever I wear it I get asked about my perfume. I am not amazing at describing scents but here is what Jo Malone say about Pomegranate Noir and I couldn’t agree more: ‘The sensuality of a daring red dress. Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. A dark and enigmatic fragrance.’ Yes, dark and enigmatic… and sinfully expensive, considering it is not an eau de parfum and you have to spray it several times during the day to make the scent last.
I know, I could do a lot with €100 but this scent has me addicted and I keep re-purchasing it over and over. I find the entire experience of shopping in Jo Malone absolutely beautiful and luxurious – from the service to the packaging, Jo Malone shops are perfection. I am also very tempted to invest in a Jo Malone candle, but considering how expensive they are I will wait until I have a very good reason to reward myself.
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne costs €96 and available from Brown Thomas
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Have you got any favourite Jo Malone fragrances?
There’s a lot to be loving at the minute, our top five is looking a little like this right now…
1. Cheesecake Dublin
Located on South William St, Cheesecake has converted me from having ‘take it or leave it’ feelings over cheesecake to waking up in cold sweats at 4am craving it! From Oreo cookie to white chocolate & raspberry these guys know their cheesecake. Do your sweet tooth a favour by paying a visit to this beautifully styled little retro gem and try EVERYTHING. You’ll thank us that you did.
2. Topshop Spring Collection
I find myself back in love with Topshop as they roll out more beautiful pastels throughout their Spring collection. I’m particularly obsessed with their underwear range right now (is it just me or is there nowhere decent in Dublin to buy nice underwear- something in between pvc and Bridget Jones would be nice!!) So to brighten up a bad case of the Monday blues this week, I ordered these lovelies….
I’ve always been a fan of local farmers market and love the idea of buying fresh local, organic produce. It’s worth the effort to know you’re not pumping a side of hormones into you with your cheeseburger, and apart from the health benefits it’s always a plus to support small local Irish business. Now that Spring is here and the threat of sunshine looms, I’m dedicating my Saturday mornings to stuffing my face at Marlay Park Farmers Market- well worth checking out.
4. Orly Nail Polish in Country Club
Every now and then when himself is picking up dinner and I get a ‘what do we need’ phone call, I respond with ‘milk, kitchen roll and a surprise please’. Usually my surprise is in the form of a glossy mag or slab of chocolate (both equally acceptable) and a couple of weeks back he came good with an issue of Cosmo complete with this little Orly nail polish FGWP. I’m a big fan of nude/mink polishes and am so impressed with this one. The colour is perfect, especially good for work and it just lasts and lasts- even when I neglect a topcoat. Great stuff! (below pic is two days in btw- minimal chipping)
5. Max Benjamin Candle Fragrance for Her
This baby made its way onto my dressing table on Valentine’s Day and I adore it. Always a fan of Max Benjamin candles- I actually regularly stop when passing it and just inhale the scent (that’s normal right?!). Max Benjamin Fragrance for Her is a combination of Mandarin, Bergamot blend, Jasmine and Lily with base notes of Vetyvert- it’s amazing. There’s something very high-end boutique about the glossy purple glass finish that I LOVE, even without lighting it, it looks so pretty on my dresser.
What are you loving right now?
I ordered Pixi Glow Tonic as soon as it went on sale online. Until recently it was a product that only Londoners could easily get their hands on in the Pixi Boutique. If you are a beauty buff you have probably heard about this product but if you haven’t, here is the lowdown: it is a gentle, oil-free, alcohol-free exfoliating facial toner. It is rich in aloe vera and therefore doesn’t irritate the skin. It also contains natural ingredients like ginseng, witch hazel, glycolic acid and horse chestnut to tone, firm, soften, exfoliate and stimulate circulation in the skin. What it doesn’t contain is artificial colours, fragrances or fillers.
Pixi is a lovely, natural brand created 10 years ago by Petra Strand who prides herself on each of her products being multitasking, flaw-fixing, youth-enhancing and can be applied easily and quickly. Petra has a passion for skincare and generates products infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients.
I have been using Pixi Glow Tonic twice a day, every day for the past two months and I have really been impressed with the results. I have combination – oily skin and get dry, flaky patches, especially around my chin and adding this toner to my daily skincare routine has helped a lot. I also found that the Glow Tonic has helped to minimize the dark spots I had on my cheeks, curtsey of some long gone acne. Before the Pixi Glow Tonic I used the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator but as it contains quite a lot of alcohol I didn’t really want to use it every day. It is still a great product but one I use only two to three times a week now.
The Pixi Glow Tonic is a brilliant toner and is suitable for most skin types, maybe avoid it if your skin is sensitive. I cannot say enough good things about it and think that everyone should have some type of exfoliating toner in their skincare stash. It made a huge difference to my skin and I will definitely be re-purchasing it.
Pixi Glow Tonic £16 from pixibeauty.co.uk
I cannot wait to try more products from Pixi. Have you tried any of their products? Let me know your recommendations, I would love to hear them!
This week Becky and I discovered the little Dublin Cheesecake shop on South William Street in Dublin. Go and have a slice if you’re in the area! Cheesecake Heaven – that’s all I’ll say! In other news there’s been farmers markets, photo framing, shopping at Boots and tea drinking. We also have a post about Becky’s first Birchbox on the blog last week, so check it out if you are interested!
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This week’s Best of Beauty post (a series created by the lovely Samantha from All The Buzz) is one of my favourite categories: Pamper Products. I love my pampering time and think it is really important, girl or boy, to take some time every now and then to relax and be just with yourself. Now, I would normally have a ton of products to show you here but unfortunately I found myself ‘bathtubless’ in my new house (which should hopefully soon be rectified). There are few things that are as important to me in a house as a nice kitchen and comfy bathtub! Fortunately for me, I manage to still have a nice pamper time with the help of a few products.First up are my favourite face masks of the moment, so as always from the left…
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel
Not really a face mask as such but it certainly feels like one to me. The Elemis Papaya Enzyme peel is a gentle and creamy product that you leave on for about 15 min (my skin is quite hardy so I leave it on for a bit longer) and when you rinse it off you are left with a gorgeous, glowing and bright complexion. It is made of natural ingredients such as papaya and pineapple enzymes to lift dead skin cells and smooth out the surface of your skin. It also contains Milk Proteins, Vitamin E and Marine Algae to protect, repair and moisturise the skin. I love this product and have re-purchased it several times, it’s gentle, smells nice and it works! (P.S. The product in the my photo is in limited edition packaging, just in case you are looking for it on the counter, it normally comes in a sleek silver tube)
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel €37.18 from lookfantastic.com
Avene Soothing Moisture Mask
This is my moisturising mask of the moment. It’s not a particularly sexy product, it doesn’t really smell of anything and looks a bit like a thick moisturiser but it works wonders on stressed and dehydrated skin. I admit, even though I try really hard (I even have an app to remind me), I don’t drink enough water and it shows on my skin. Again, you leave it on for about 15 min but because I’m obviously a rebel, I leave it on for a good bit longer. This mask is made with the Avene Spring Water, which is claimed to have soothing and anti-irritating properties. It also contains nourishing and moisturising ingredients (fatty acids) that restore the skins barrier and increase hydration. Your skin is left gorgeous and plump. I love using it after the Elemis Enzyme Peel for a super gorgeous glowing and plump skin!
Avene Soothing Moisture Mask €19 from boots.ie
Superfacialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Clay Mask
My skin is dehydrated but I still have quite oily skin through the centre of my face so I do appreciate a good clay mask. They can do wonders for congested and unbalanced skin. I try to sample a lot of these and have in the past loved the Murad Clay Mask, Glamglow, etc. At the moment I am really hung up on the Tea Flower Clay Mask from Una Brennan. It is affordable but works really well! It contains salicylic acid (willow bark, the wonder ingredient when it comes to cleaning out pores) and Dead Sea Mud to help your skin detox and restore balance. What I love about this mask so much, is that it also contains avocado oil and other mositurising ingredients so it leaves your skin purified but not stripped or tight. I’ve written a whole post on this mask, so if you want some more details you can find them here.
Superfacialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Clay Mask €10.99 from boots.ie
Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath & Shower Collection
My ultimate pampering products are these little babies: the mini Bath and Shower oils from the Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath & Shower Collection. It upsets me greatly that I can’t use these in the bath at home but thankfully they are also great as shower oils. You just rub the oil into your skin and the jump into a hot shower. The Aromatherapy Associates oils are by far my favourites, they smell divine and really help me relax. They are expensive but they last forever, I’ve had this little collection for over a year a and a half, you only use a tiny bit at a time. My favourites, and the ones that are sadly nearly empty are Relax Deep, De-Stress Muscle and Support Equilibrium. But they are all gorgeous! The Support Breathe one is amazing for when you feel a bit coughey or congested and Support Lavender and Peppermint is amazing for when you need to cool down (great for holidays in a hot country).
They are very small so I usually take a couple of these oils with me wherever I go and make the best of hotel bath tubs!
Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath & Shower Collection €53.56 from lookfantastic.com
No pamper evening would be complete without a nice scented candle. I am quite fussy when it comes to candle scents, most of them smell too fake and strong for me. I like a few candles from Yankee Candle but I can’t burn them for too long, they become a little too intense for me quite quickly. My favourites at the moment are the This Works Black Spice and Cedar and the Bath and Bodyworks Leaves candles – both not very seasonally appropriate as they smell quite spicy and wintery, but these are scents I generally tend to gravitate to any time of the year.
I usually have my pamper evenings when my husband is out playing football and I am at home alone (well, not alone, with Missy my little Jack Russell girl). I would have a long hot shower, throw on a face mask, do a manicure and then chill out on the couch with a herbal tea or a nice martini, depending on my mood, and watch Netflix or read a magazine. Bliss!
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What are your favourite pamper products?
Being a beauty junkie is hard work sometimes, I acknowledge wholeheartedly that I’m every marketers dream (having studied the subject you’d think I might know better) and can be sold to on packaging alone- YSL lipsticks, Mac anything, the list goes on… And so the beauty box concept is one that sits well with me. I love the idea of a monthly little box full of beauty goodies, allowing me to try brands I may not have otherwise even considered buying and basically just providing me with a decent beauty fix. That said, six months into my Glossybox subscription and one too many skincare sachet samples pushed me over the edge. I just found these were teeny tiny sachets beauty counters hand over in fistfuls and surely it was supposed to be ‘travel’ sized goodies filling my Glossybox each month? Eventually when I found the actual box itself to be the best part I faced my fear of possibly missing out on a full sized Chanel lipstick next month and cancelled my subscription (brave, I know).
So after a few months of being beauty box-less, yesterday I received my very first Birchbox with a little help from the logistical genius that is Parcel Motel in order to get it across the pond. My first impression is a good one! I had heard that Birchbox is a little more edged toward higher end luxury brands and this I like- if you are going to drop €40 on a body oil it’s nice to try before you buy. The box itself is a smaller version of Glossybox, with a minimalist look but really sturdy. The products inside the box were wrapped up in a gorgeous little sand & yellow mini cosmetic tote, very springtime!
And so my February haul looks a little like this…(from left to right)
1. Beauty Protector: Protect & Oil (£16 / €19.42 approx.)
2. Eyeko: Skinny Liquid Liner (£12/€14.56 approx)
3. Nail Rock: Nail Glitter (£6.99/€8.48)
4. Urbanveda: Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish (£8.99/€10.91)
5. Gilchrist & Soames: The London Collection Shower Gel (£13.75/€16.68)
There was also the cutest tiny Green & Black 70% Chocolate that didn’t quite make the photo’s (sorry…).
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of La Roche-Posay products and I was delighted to be invited to the launch of the new CC Cream in the Rosaliac (anti-redness) range. According to studies 65% of women over the age of 25 say they suffer from redness on their face and an astounding 75% of women find redness in their skin affects their confidence.
So what is Rosacea exactly?
Rosacea is a chronic condition characterized by facial redness and sometimes pimples. Rosacea affects all ages and has four subtypes, three affecting the skin and the fourth affecting the eyes. Left untreated it worsens over time. It primarily affects people of northwestern European descent (nicknamed ‘the cures of the Celts’) and affects both sexes, but is almost three times more common in women. It has a peak age of onset between 30 and 60.
La Roche-Posay have dedicated a lot of research and work to developing products that will treat redness in the skin and here are a few I would like to introduce to you.
Rosaliac Micellar Make-up Removal Gel *
This is a very good, gentle, calming & cooling cleanser that I would recommend not only for redness prone skin. It is a simple, no-frills cleanser that will leave your skin clean but still feeling supple and comfortable. It also has a cooling property, which is important if you suffer from redness and want to avoid heating up your skin. You can use this on your face and eyes with no risk of stinging. I love this product and particularly enjoy using it during the summer months and in the morning as my second cleanse.
Rosaliac Micellar Make-up Removal Gel €15.99 from boots.ie
Rosaliac CC Cream *
The star of this line-up is the brand new CC Cream specifically designed to not only cover redness but treat it at the same time. Formulated for those with sensitive skin that is prone to all types of redness, whether occasional or persistent, it is a fusion of skincare and make-up that provides both coverage and long-lasting correction. It has a nice light, natural & quite dewy finish, very flattering on the skin. The CC Cream also provides an SPF of 30, which is essential for everybody but particularly important for those of us prone to sensitive or red skin. The only little gripe I have with this product is the universal shade – it may be a little bit too dark for you if you are very fair skinned. Make sure you swatch it before you buy!
Rosaliac CC Cream €22.50 from boots.ie
Rosaliac AR Intense Serum *
The third product in our line up is an intensive, localised anti-redness treatment that combines 3 active ingredients to reduce redness at source and prevent its reappearance. It has a fluid consistency and does not make your skin feel oily at all. This type of product should be worn over a moisturiser and under make-up. You could use it under the CC cream for optimum results. Like all Rosaliac products it has a cooling and calming effect and reduces skin discomfort immediately.
Rosaliac AR Intense Serum €23.50 from boots.ie
I was able to try the CC cream & I have used the cleanser but as neither Becky or I suffer with redness we couldn’t give the Rosaliac AR a proper testing for redness treatment results (I have worn it to check consistency, how it sits under make-up etc.). We will now hand over all of the products to a friend who suffers with redness in her skin and she will report back in 6-8 weeks on how she got on with the products – watch out for the interview on pinkelephantbloggin.com!
Finally, here are a few tips for people affected by Rosacea:
Do you suffer from redness? Have you tried the Rosaliac range? We would love to hear your thoughts!