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IT WAS my sister’s birthday this week so I headed into Boots to pick her up a present. Of course, I bought her a voucher in 16 seconds flat and then spent the rest of the time browsing for myself.

*sings* Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters. Hey, it was three for two, what was I supposed to do?

Anyway, I picked up three things that I had been lusting after since reading about them on the real beauty blogs, so in my defence some bigger girls told me to do it.

Seventeen Cheek Stamp

Seventeen Cheek Stamp

'Bashful'

‘Bashful’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First up is the Seventeen Cheek Stamp in ‘Bashful’ a gorgeous little blusher compact, kinda like an ink stamper, that comes with a dinky mirror in the lid which I had read about on Beaut.ie and Nurse Fancy Pants.

In real life there's a pretty shimmer off the blush

In real life there’s a pretty shimmer off the blush

Do remember to blend, or you'll end up looking like Bosco

Do remember to blend, or you’ll end up looking like Bosco

It leaves a lovely light flush

It leaves a lovely light flush

 

You stamp the blusher on to the apples of your cheeks and then blend with your fingertips. Bashful is a kind of a dusky rose pink with a subtle shimmer and it’s really beautiful on. I only put on a single light stamp and then blended it and it was just enough for a daytime flush. This is absolutely buildable for night time wear or if you wanted to make a feature out of your cheekbones.

Rockin' Curves Mascara

Rockin’ Curves Mascara

Next we have Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Rockin’ Curves mascara (Kerrriiiiist, the names they put on these yokes) which I had seen on So Sue Me.

Eyes before, with no mascara

Eyes before, with no mascara

One coat

One coat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One coat

One coat

 

The thing about this mascara is the wand as it’s twisted to catch the tiny inner lashes as well as the longer outer ones. I was a bit confused though, not sure which way to hold it – the scoopy part facing up or facing down? Anyway, I gave both ways a go, but I probably should have watched a tutorial or summat.

Two coats

Two coats

Two coats

Two coats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mascara itself is a pretty dry formulation so it doesn’t clump at all and my lashes felt nice and feathery soft afterwards. It coated all my lashes and gave nice volume but it was quite subtle. I needed two coats to really look like I was wearing mascara. It’s nice ‘n’ all, but were my eyes scandalous? Hmmm, not really.

Rouge Edition Velvet

Rouge Edition Velvet

Finally then I picked up the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in ‘Frambourjoise’ a gorgeous red that just lovely and vibrant and I adore it. I had seen it over on Lovely Girlie Bits and knew I had to have it.

Lovely matte finish

Lovely matte finish

 

This goes on liquid like a lipgloss, but instantly turns to a matte lipstick on your lips. It’s so lovely and soft and velvety, it feels GORGEOUS on your lips. It sets pretty firmly and would certainly last for work or going for a drink. However, when I was testing it I put it on just before a big meal and by the end of the meal all trace of the lipstick was gone. Now, that could just be because I’m a horse and a sloppy eater, so don’t let that put you off.

Overall I’m pretty pleased with my purchases. Have you tried any of the above, or have I enticed you to try?

** Note: In all of these pictures, yes, I’m wearing a towel on my head, I had just washed my hair!


L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder

L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder

WHEN I saw L’Oreal’s Nude Magique BB Powder during a little chemist spree on my holidays last week I snapped it up.

Velvety skin? Matte coverage? No shine for eight hours and special skin beautifiers? Who wouldn’t want that? You madsers!

It comes in a little compact complete with a mirror and has a nice weighty feel to it. It only comes in two shades, Light and Medium so I went for Light as I’m quite pale.

The powder claims to be a ‘velvet skin beautifier’ that mimics the five dimensions of ‘velvety nude skin’ namely:

No shine

Smooth resurfaced finish

Undetectable coverage

Fresh Look

Eight hour matte complexion

'Light' colour. That's my fingernail mark in the powder from where I almost dropped it taking this picture

‘Light’ colour. That’s my fingernail mark in the powder from where I almost dropped it taking this picture

So, did it tick all of those boxes? Meh. Kind of.

I’ve been using it for a few days over a couple of different foundations and BB creams and basically it’s just a pressed powder.

It does feel velvety alright, in fact the first time I put it on, I had to reapply as I almost wiped it all off feeling my own face. So it ticks that box.

I found it really light so in order to eliminate shine, I had to pile it on, though it didn’t look powdery on my skin. It sinks into the skin so you can’t see it really, but it didn’t make my skin look any fresher really.

And I have to say it absolutely failed the eight hour matte claim. Within about an hour, maybe a bit longer I had a big Rudolph shiny nose on me.

Eight hours? Me hoop.

So yeah, it made my skin feel velvety and a bit smoother and set my foundation nicely and was a nice finish to my make-up but it really is just a pressed powder.

Oh, and with its claim of being a skin beautifyer, did it make me look more beautiful?

Me hoop!

Me hoop!

Puh-lease.


Colgate Max White One

Colgate Max White One Optic

I READ about this over on All the Buzz and when I saw it on sale in Tesco I decided to give it a go.

The Colgate Max White One Optic claims to whiten your teeth visibly from the very first brush. It claims to have proven optic brighteners that temporarily make your teeth look whiter.

Over time then it progressively whitens more permanently but the ‘special blue foam’ starts to work straight away.

Yeah.

I don’t think it did.

Ah look, my teeth aren’t great at all, they badly need to be cleaned at the dentist but frankly I can’t afford it, nor can I afford the other things that I know he’ll find in there like fillings and caps and crowns that I’m sure all need to be done. I drink an awful lot of coffee now that I’m a mother (shut up, I need it) and they’ve yellowed with age and caffeine

So, until I scrape together enough for a proper cleaning I’m making do with brushing twice daily and a swoosh of mouthwash so when I saw this new product from Colgate I decided to give it a go, see if it could stave off the trip to the dentist for a while longer.

So this is my smile before using the new toothpaste:

Teeth before

Teeth before

And this is it after:

Teeth after

Teeth after

 

Yeah, pretty much exactly the same teeth? I didn’t notice any immediate difference now, though I stared in the mirror until I was almost cross-eyed, convincing myself that they were maybe a bit brighter? Maybe? But I dunno. Do you see it?

I lashed on some make up then to see if the addition of lipstick would make any difference, but again I couldn’t really see a difference.

With a little bit of lippy

With a little bit of lippy

I won’t dismiss it totally though as it does claim a whitening action with continued use, so I’ll give it a month and report back. I just wanted to test the claim of an immediate whitening effect.

Have you used this product? What did you think? Would you give it a go?


The handy little compact comes with a mirror

The handy little compact comes with a mirror

I PICKED up a new (to me) eyeshadow duo from the Lacura range in Aldi the other day for just €2.59, flinging it eagerly into the trolley cos it was my husband’s turn to pay for the shopping.

Oh come on!

Come on now! I can’t be the only one who does that, surely?

Throwing shampoo and cleanser and magazines and steak at will into the trolley when it’s his turn to pay and then insisting on a lentil rich spartan trolley with no luxuries when it’s my week?

Ah feck off.

Nice gold/neutral colour on the left with the olive green on the right

Nice gold/neutral colour on the left with the olive green on the right

Anyway, the point is, I bought a new eyeshadow and it’s pretty good! It comes in a sealed packet so you can’t see the colours beforehand there’s just a little mark on the box telling you what’s in there so it’s a bit of a gamble.

But this time it paid off as I got the goldy/olive green palette and it’s really nice. It’s shimmery without being glittery and they’re nice soft colours.

Used the gold colour as a brow highlighter and the olive on my lids

Used the gold colour as a brow highlighter and the olive on my lids

Nice and light for daytime

Nice and light for daytime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I only put on a light coating as it was daytime but they’re pretty well pigmented so you could certainly build up the colour for a more night time feel. There wasn’t any dropdown when I brushed on the shadow and several hours later it hasn’t budged and still looks pretty fresh.

Overall I was mighty impressed and would certainly recommend to a friend.

Have you used any of the Lacura make-up range? What did you think?


The Cleanse Off Mitt

The Cleanse Off Mitt

I’M mad late to the party on this one, like that permanently late friend we all have who turns up days late to everything huffing about the traffic.

But anyway I’m here now (that M50, bane of my life) so let’s talk about the Cleanse Off Mitt – the cloth that claims to remove all make-up with just water.

I’d heard about this but was skeptical about the claims – make up needs something to remove it, I thought, water just won’t cut it.

Well, does anyone have a hat I could eat, because I was wrong.

I gave it a go last night with a full face of make-up, saturating the soft blue microfiber cloth in warm water as per the instructions and then wiping it over my face.

The cloth immediately became dirty with foundation removing every scrap. I rinsed it between sections of my face and more and more make-up came off.

All my foundation came off using the mitt

All my foundation came off using the mitt

It removed every scrap of mascara

It removed every scrap of mascara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then wiped it gently over my eyes and piles of eye-shadow and mascara came off.

Determined to experiment fully, when I was finished cleaning my face I lashed a splash of Micellar water onto a couple of cotton pads and wiped them over my face, looking for any last vestiges of make-up or mascara. I was sure there’d be some, so unconvinced was I that the mitt would work. The cotton pads were clean, there was no make-up left on my face. The mitt had removed everything as you can see from these pictures.

No foundation here!

No foundation here!

Not a scrap of mascara left

Not a scrap of mascara left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colour me impressed!

I’m wondering long term though if my skin would miss the nourishing that a cleanser brings – my usual cleanser has lovely cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil which leave the skin super soft and radiant which I’m very reluctant to give up. Over time I’m wondering if the mitt would be a bit drying.

Clean as a whistle!

Clean as a whistle!

But that remains to be seen, I suppose. For now I’ll certainly use it as part of my routine, probably in the mornings to freshen up and clean my skin after my night’s sleep. And for those lazy days where I can’t be arsed faffing about with cleanser and cotton wool, this mitt will be top of my list. I know one thing anyway, I’ll never use a facewipe again!

Available online from Beauty Emporium, the mitt is currently priced at €3.50.

 

**Product provided for review purposes.


Skirt John Rocha. Top Tesco. Shoes Dunnes

Skirt John Rocha. Top Tesco. Shoes Dunnes

SO yesterday I stepped completely out of my comfort zone and put on some fake tan so I could bare [a bit of] my legs in a denim skirt and polka dot top for my Colour Me Happy challenge.

Those who know me know I never wear fake tan. I didn’t even slap some on for my wedding. I don’t like the smell of it and I’m so pale that even the lightest shade looks orange on me. So I usually leave well enough alone.

But yesterday I decided to just go for it and dug out an old tube of Rimmel instant tan that was languishing in the back of my drawers (Ooh Matron!).

Big kiss!

Big kiss!

I was mean with it though, I applied literally a hint of it, just enough to turn me from milk blue, to ghost white. So in the pictures you can’t even see it but in real life there was the tiniest hint of warmth. I swear! No YOU shut up!

Mellow yellow Aileen rocking those stripes

Mellow yellow Aileen rocking those stripes

Annmarie experimented with her eye make-up for this stunning look.

Annmarie experimented with her eye make-up for this stunning look.

Dervla's 'Rocket Lolly' nails

Dervla’s ‘Rocket Lolly’ nails

 

The ladies getting involved in this challenge have been hard at work getting their colour on and I hope you have been too.

Pink lady Emma with her beautiful babies

Pink lady Emma with her beautiful babies

 

Penney's finest for Christina who took an office selfie for the cause!

Penney’s finest for Christina who took an office selfie for the cause!

Laura looking springtime fresh!

Laura looking springtime fresh!

Don’t forget you can join in by commenting here or following me on twitter @beatingblog or following the hashtag #colourmehappy

The wearing of the green for Michelle

The wearing of the green for Michelle

Mary looking fab in crimson

Mary looking fab in crimson

Bright red jeans for Karen

Bright red jeans for Karen


Duck face. Fuck it!

Duck face. Fuck it!

TODAY’S Keeping Up With The Selfridges challenge involved me standing half naked in my living room rocking The Beast to sleep, praying nobody would knock on the door.

He popped off to sleep grand so I legged it up to get myself dressed and made-up only to be thwarted halfway through when he did the unthinkable – he woke up.

Shhh! No talking in the library!

Shhh! No talking in the library!

Cue 20 minutes of vigorous rocking and shhhhh-ing as my dressing gown flapped around me before I could get back to my primping. There was also a ‘throwing myself behind the sofa to avoid the postman’ incident. But I persevered and went for a ‘still down with the kids’ librarian look today.

Top Tesco. Skirt New Look. Boots Evans.

Top Tesco. Skirt New Look. Boots Evans.

The highlight of today however was receiving an email from a friend, taking part in the challenge, saying that this bit of fun has helped her through a tough week and even encouraged her to meet up with some friends, rather than staying at home. I’m so delighted that people are enjoying this and getting something out of it. I’ve had some health issues recently and combined with terrible weather and the remnants of post natal depression I haven’t been feeling 100 per cent myself. This bit of frivolous fun has really helped.

Revlon Top Speed - 'Bubble'

Revlon Top Speed – ‘Bubble’

As always, you can join in on Twitter at #keepingupwiththeselfridges or leave a comment here. Thanks for reading and special thanks to those taking part along with me, so I don’t feel like such a vain bitch!


Bright red nails to brighten a dull Monday

Bright red nails to brighten a dull Monday

IT’S 3pm on a dreary Monday afternoon and I’m sitting at my kitchen table in a dress, heels and full make-up.

I’m not going anywhere. I don’t have to go to work to impress a client. I don’t have a date. I’m not even going to my doctor, a visit I usually clean myself up for in case she decides to have a poke around my unmentionables.

I’m just dressed up for the sake of it. Just because I can.

It all started last Sunday night when I was watching Mr Selfridge on UTV, a show set in the 1920s, about a department store in London. I noticed all the women – and indeed the men – looked so smart and so glam and so dressed up all the time. The perfectly coiffed hair, the porcelain skin, the vibrant red lip. Gorgeous. Thing is though, they weren’t even particularly dressed up, that was just the fashion of the time, to dress smartly, to ‘do’ your hair, no matter what you were doing or where you were going. I looked down at my tatty pjs and sighed. I doubt they’d let me in the door of Selfridges looking like this.

I’ve recently got myself into a bit of a rut of wearing the same comfortable things every day and not bothering with make up bar a smear of BB Cream. The dresses and skirts and smart tops are in my wardrobe, the make-up is on my dresser but I’ve let it slide. So this week I’m doing something about it.

Dress: Tesco. Cardi: Scarlett and Jo at Evans. Shoes: Dunnes.

Dress: Tesco. Cardi: Scarlett and Jo at Evans. Shoes: Dunnes.

I’ve challenged myself to dress up every day this week. For one week I’ll act like I’m a character in Mr Selfridge and do myself up like a dog’s dinner. I’ll do my hair. Wear a dress and heels or boots. Do my nails and wear proper make-up, take the time to blend eyeshadow. The works. Just for the hell of it, just to feel a bit glam. Nobody’s asked me to do this, nobody’s made me feel bad about myself, my husband hasn’t passed any negative comments about my appearance, nor have my friends. This is just about taking the time each day for me. Just for me, for the sake of it.

 

I started this morning in the shower washing and deep conditioning my hair, scrubbing my face with a wash, then applying body lotion. I painted my nails, straightened my hair and wiggled into The Devils Instruments of Torture (tights) and a dress. I then lashed on moisturiser, foundation, concealer, powder, blusher, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick and lipgloss. It took feckin’ AGES and in truth I was wrecked afterwards but I looked alright. I actually quite enjoyed it.

Eyeshadow! And lipstick! And foundation! All in the one day!

Eyeshadow! And lipstick! And foundation! All in the one day!

It lashed rain all day so I didn’t leave the house, just tottered around doing the washing up and making beds as usual but that didn’t matter, I still felt good.

I’m on track to continue in the same vein for the rest of the week and have posted on Facebook and Twitter about my challenge, inviting friends to take part too. A pal came up with the hashtag #keepingupwiththeselfridges so if you want to take part, post a pic of your efforts on Twitter with this hashtag and share the glam.

Just a word to the wise though – if you’re in a relationship tell you’re partner that you’re doing this challenge, just in case  – like mine – they come home, take one look at you and immediately decide that you’re having an affair. *taps side of nose*