Thursday, 2 April 2015

Dublin Haul - Lush and Sleek

To start off my Easter break, I went to Dublin on Tuesday to see Nicki Minaj in the 3Arena. I bought the tickets for my boyfriend for Christmas and I was so excited to see a singer I admire so much up close. Not only was I very excited to see Nicki, but I was also excited to finally buy Lush and Sleek products, as they are not available where I live. When I was in Dublin a few months ago to see Morrissey, I ran out of money before I could get to Lush or Boots so I made sure that I would have money this time.

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Sleek

Contouring and Blush Palette - Fair
Boots -  €12.99

Since I have never bought anything from Sleek before, the main thing I wanted to buy was their contouring palette, especially since I'm running very low on my Hoola bronzer by Benefit. I had heard so many great things about it over the years and it's a really good shade for people with pale skin like me. Unfortunately when I got to Boots, they didn't have it. However, they had the Contouring and Blush Palette instead. 
This product is basically the same as the contouring palette but with a blush and each of the products are the same size. It comes with a matte bronzer, a highlighter with pink and silver shimmer and a pink blush with a lot of gold shimmer. I knew straight away when I bought this that I would not be using the blush very much as there is way too much shimmer in it for me, I really only bought it for the bronzer and highlighter.

Brow Kit in Dark
Boots - €9.99
After accidentally ordering the wrong shade of the NYX brow kit and running out of my 'Brows A-Go-Go' kit by Benefit, I was in desperate need of a new eyebrow kit. I had heard great things about this product and it was the only thing in stock in Boots that I had planned to buy. It comes with a dark brown wax to shape your brows and a dark brown shadow to fill them in. It also comes with two little brushes and a pair of tweezers. This is an exact dupe for Benefit's 'Brow Zings' and I'm very excited to try it properly.

Matte Me Lip Cream in Petal
Boots - €6.49
Since there was a 3 for 2 offer on all makeup in Boots, I decided to get a third Sleek product. Everyone has been raving about this lip cream for a few months now so I was really excited to buy it. I have wanted to try the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams for a long time now but I can't seem to find them where I live but from what I've heard, they are very similar products. I wasn't very impressed with their colour selection so I went with the safest option for me, a light nudey-pink called 'Petal'. Hopefully they release new colours soon. 



Lush

Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

€8.95
The last time I was in Lush I bought my first Lush face product which was the Let The Good Times Roll cleanser. This time I decided to try a face mask as I've heard so many good things about this. I was stuck between this and Oatfix for my dry skin. I settled on Catastrophe Cosmetic as I have had quite a few break outs lately and I'm pretty sure it's due to my makeup. I have only used it once so far so it's too soon to say if it works but it did make me look like the sneaky moon emoji.

Blackberry Bath Bomb

€3.95
When I saw photos of this bath bomb in the bath I knew I had to have it because it turned the lilac, which is my favourite colour. Not only is it a lovely colour, but it also has one of the best scents of any bath bomb. I tend to not like the smell of bath bombs until they are in the water so the fact that I liked the scent straight away must mean that it's pretty amazing. Its main ingredients are bergamont oil and frankincense oil which make for a very relaxing bath. This bath bomb is quite large as well considering the price so I'll probably get two baths out of it.


Big Blue Bath Bomb

€4.25
Big Blue is a bath bomb that I have wanted for so long and it is probably one of the most popular Lush bath bombs. It contains seaweed in it which floats around the bath and sea salt which makes your skin super soft. This is a very summery bath bomb which is perfect for me as I have been looking forward to summer so much lately.


Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb

€4.25
This is the cutest bath bomb I have ever seen. This heart-shaped bath bomb contains rose buds which float around the bath which I think is so lovely. It also contains jasmine and rose oil which are two of my favourite scents. However, you don't get very much product considering this bath bomb costs a bit more than most. 



Charity Pot

Finally, while I was at the counter at Lush I got my second little Charity Pot sample for €1. It's a hand and body lotion which is perfect for your handbag. It smells so nice and the best part about it is that all the proceeds (excluding VAT) goes to charity. There are also full sizes of this product availabe










Monday, 7 July 2014

Marc Jacobs - Daisy Eau So Fresh - Review

75ml - €60.00

I've never been one to fuss or obsess over fragrances. I've never been one to collect them or be too bothered them. I tend to buy one or two and just stick to them and continue buying the same ones once I run out, Alien by Thierry Mugler example. Mainly because I am the most indecisive and fussy person anyone will ever meet. However, one day I was wandering around Boots and decided to test some new fragrances, since I didn't really have one for summer, when one of the shop assistants suggested Daisy Eau So Fresh to me based on the other fragrances that I like. I also tried the new Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight which was more summery but I didn't like it half as much. So I decided to splurge €60 on a 75ml bottle of Eau So Fresh which is reasonable enough now that I think about it.

 The first thing that struck me about this perfume was the packaging. The daisy cap is the signature look of all the Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume. However, I prefer the pastel petals on this bottle more than any of the others. The packaging of the Daisy perfumes is one of the reasons why they're so popular. I know a good few people who don't even like the scent of the Daisy perfumes but collect them simply because they look nice. Then again, I also know people who find the flower caps unnecessary, but I really disagree with them.

As for the actual scent of the perfume, it's floral yet fruity at the same time. It combines raspberry, grapefruit and pear with wild rose. Marc Jacobs describes it as "a charming twist on our classic Daisy fragrance.. more fruity, bubbly, and more fun than our classic". I couldn't have put it better myself.
This perfume is an amazing girly fragrance perfect for daytime. It's very discrete and not overpowering but the main downfall of this perfume is that it wears off pretty quickly, especially in summer.


The perfume is available in three different sizes - 20ml (€40), 75ml (€60) and 125ml (€79) - all prices are according to Boots.ie. It's perfect for daytime in spring and summer. The only problem is that you have to reapply it throughout the day if you want it to last. Other than that I'd definitely recommend it to any girl as I think it would suit almost anyone that was to wear it.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Christmas Haul

It's still not too late to do a Christmas post, is it?
I had planned on having this post up so much sooner than it is but I have spent most of my free time during my two week break studying for exams so I didn't get the chance. My exams are starting on Tuesday so if I didn't post this now it may have never been posted. So better late than never, eh?
These are just the main presents I got this year. I didn't really have much in mind coming up to Christmas as to what I wanted so for the most part I just got money or things of that nature.
Also, since I am just so brilliant at planning these sorts of things, I was able to forget to take photos of some of my presents and it is currently three in the morning so it's too late to take them now. Instead I used what photos I could find of them online however, I wasn't able to find photos of all of them. I think we'll still manage though.


Beauty
Soap & Glory - The Best of All
The Righteous Butter // Peaches and Clean Clensing Milk // Clean on Me Body Wash // Smoothie Star Body Milk // Hand Food // Heel Genius Foot Cream // Sugar Crush Body Scrub // Thick and Fast Mascara // Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plump in Punch Bowl
Fame by Lady Gaga // Ralph by Ralph Lauren set
My everyday face makeup
Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation in Light Ivory 40 // Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in no. 1 // Collection 2000 Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory // Carmex Lip Balm
My nail essentials
Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover // Nails Inc. Top Coat and Base Coat duo

Clothes and Accessories
Jewellery from River Island
Leopard Print Boots from Schuh // Galaxy Cross Top from River Island

Books
Music
The Beatles: Beatlemania 1963-1964 by Tim Hill
Life by Keith Richards
Bob Dylan Chronicles no. 1 by Bob Dylan
All The Madmen by Clinton Heylin
Fashion
Chanel: Couture and Industry by Amy de la Haye
Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary by Judith Watt

Music
My main present this year!
ITek IT142 Retro Record/CD/Cassette/Radio Player
I inherited a good thirty vinyl records from my nana and granddad over the past month - everything from Queen to Blondie to Fun Boy Three
Also featured: Marc Bolan - The Electric Boogie Volume One
Lowrider Puruple Skullcandy Headphones

Mr Selfridge - First Thoughts


Ever since I first saw the advert for Mr Selfridge I have been practically counting down the days until it aired and that day, was today. Based around fashion in early 1900's London and written by Andrew Davis, I was bound to be obsessed with this show from the beginning. In the past Andrew Davis has produced many other mini-television series about novels by Jane Austen among other things so he's an expert on writing about old England.
Mr Selfridge is a ten-art mini-series based on the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, the American founder of Selfridges department store. Based on Lindy Woodhead's novel 'Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge', the series includes real and fictitious characters that were created by the Davis. 
Being somebody who plans on working in the fashion industry in the future, it was somewhat refreshing to see Mr Selfridge come close to failing in the beginning after the withdrawal of his investors. Obviously he still managed to get on perfectly fine without them or else there'd only be one episode. 
However, I felt slightly disappointed with the characters. Even though 1909 was an empowering time for women I still felt a lack of testosterone in the show, even with the main character being a man. Pretty much the only other men in the show are fairly minor characters with very little lines. Even in the promotional shots it's all women bar the man himself and all the women look fairly similar which makes it almost difficult to keep up with who's who occasionally. I will say though that the casting director did an amazing job casting Jeremy Piven as Mr Selfridge - he almost reminds me of an early twentieth century version of Tom Ford.
With all that being said, even after a single pilot episode, I know that Mr Selfridge is going to be an amazing show and I cannot wait for the next episode next Sunday
Each episode is an hour and a half long and airs on TV3 here in Ireland, ITV1 in the UK, PBS in the USA, Yleisradio in Finland and Norsk Rikskringkasting in Norway.

The real Mr. Selfridge