April Favourites

All the chocolate eggs have been eaten and another month has passed and that means another lot of products that I have discovered (or rediscovered in some cases), that I thought I’d tell you about. Here;’s what I have been loving throughout the month of April;

REN Serum

REN Serum

REN SKINCARE – ‘Keep Young and Beautiful Firming and Smoothing Serum’ – I figured it was time to grow up and stop relying on serum samples that I get everytime I order something online! So I did a bit of research and found Ren Skincare very helpful on Twitter and decided on this particular serum. It is a bit of a minefield choosing skincare products, so definitely worth looking into what’s right for your skin. So far, I’m really happy with this one. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and apply it both morning and evening time after I’ve toned my skin and before I apply my moisturiser. It’s not cheap at €54, but claims to keep your skin looking younger for longer by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which is always a winner in my eyes. I also think that it will last me a few months so it’s not too bad. There is one thing I really don’t like about this product and it’s the smell. When you really rub it into the skin it just doesn’t have a pleasant smell which really annoys me!! (silly I know). My skin definitely feels smoother and softer to touch so I’m going to keep with it and hopefully reap the benefits.
Available from http://www.cloud10beauty.com for €54

Tanya Burr - Champagne Toast Lip Gloss

Tanya Burr – Champagne Toast Lip Gloss

Tanya Burr – Champagne Toast – Whilst I do try to make an attempt to wear more colour on my lips, I just can’t help myself by going back to the neutrals and this lip gloss to me is just perfect. Worn on it’s own it’s a gorgeous glassy effect that is a sort of clear, golden colour. It’s also the perfect gloss to put over lipstick and I’ve been wearing it over my Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter and my Charlotte Tilbury ‘Penelope Pink’ lipstick. Every time I wear it, I always get compliments (which is always nice). Plus it smells divine!
Available from http://www.feelunique.com or http://www.cloud10beauty.com for €8.50

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream – This has to be my stand out product from all my PowderPocket boxes so far. I had previously been using the L’Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream if I didn’t want to go for a fuller coverage and was having a ‘less make up’ day. But I did find that it gives my skin a bit of an orangey colour and if I’m not tanned or just looking a bit pale, it’s really noticeable. The Ginvera BB Cream does everything you want from a BB Cream. The Ginvera Green Tea Skin Care range hails from Singapore and is much loved through out South-East Asia. It’s enriched with premium Green Tea, Ginseng, Chinese Angelica and Hyaluronic Acid. This BB cream provides the benefits of blemish free concealing, sun block effects (SPF 30), moisturising and reduction of lines, providing a long lasting smooth and ultra light feel to nourish and perfect your skin. It says it’s suitable for all skin tones, but I’m not sure how it would look on a really dark skin. I love how this goes on the skin and it really does give the skin a flawless look. If you had any really red blemishes then you probably would need to add some concealer. I’ve just repurchased this as I will be included in my hospital bag when I have the baby, as it’s the perfect skincare product to make me look more human. A total winner all round and it gets a big thumbs up from me!
Available from http://www.janiro.co.uk for £18 + P&P

Sleek Make Up Eyebrow Stylist

Sleek Make Up Eyebrow Stylist

Sleek Make Up EyeBrow Stylist – I purchased the medium in this and was intrigued to see if it would be a good alternative to the Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift pencils, as I can only lust after these. I have been pleasantly surprised by the cheaper Sleek option. At first I wasn’t too taken with it, but after giving it another try, it’s now my everyday brow product. I find that the waxy pencil gives a really nice look to the brows that is quite natural which is due to the rich creamy formula which is matte and velvety. I also love the fact that at the other end of the pencil there is a brush to groom the brows into place. The tip is thicker than most normal eyebrow pencils which means that you can make both thin and thick strokes for outlining and filling.
Available on http://www.cloud10beauty.com or http://www.sleekmakeup.com for €7.49

Blank Canvas E10 Brush

Blank Canvas E10 Brush

Blank Canvas E10 (Small Socket Blending Brush) – This little beauty was a free gift with my last order from Blank Canvas and had been rather neglected until recently. It’s turned out to be an absolutely fantastic brush. As someone that doesn’t have huge space between my eyelids and my brow, some blending brushes can sometimes be a little too large and you don’t tend to get the exact look you are looking to achieve. Thanks to the fine bundle of fluffy bristles, it really just concentrates product into the crease whilst still blending it. It’s also great for getting a really defined shade into the crease if that’s the look you’re going for. I will definitely be purchasing another one for my kit.
Available from http://www.blankcanvascoosmetics.com for €6.99

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – I had forgotten that I had this foundation tucked away in my make up collection as hadn’t used it for a couple of months and had therefore forgotten how good it is. Nars Sheer Glow will always be my outright favourite foundation, but this comes very close to it. It is essentially almost a perfect match for it. The coverage is medium, but can be built to a fuller coverage when buffed into the skin. The finish leaves a slight illuminating, fresh glow, without being too much, which is exactly like the Nars one. It claims it lasts all day, but I’m not sure it would on combination skins. If you have a normal or slightly dry skin type then I’d say you’d have no bother with this. Overall a fantastic dupe for the Sheer Glow given it is a third of the price.
Available from Boots and pharmacies nationwide for €9.95

So that’s what I’ve been loving for the month of April. What’s you’re stand out products of April been?

Thanks for reading.

Sara.x

Spring Look using High Street Make Up

This is the first of my Friday posts that will feature a new look each week. Given that this week has given us a spring in our steps with the lovely appearance of the sun, I thought it was appropriate … Continue reading

February Favourites

Where is this year going? How is it March already? Well the good news is that hopefully spring is on the way and the weather might actually improve if we all cross our fingers enough! I have been trying out quite a few products this month so here’s what I’ve been loving:

academie bronz express

Academie Bronze Express – Introduced to me via January’s PowderPocket box, this is now a firm favourite of mine. When applied with a tanning mitt it goes on so easily, you can see how much you are applying and therefore layer it up as needs be. There is very little smell from it and I haven’t found it to rub off on clothes, this is probably because it dries extremely quickly, so you will need to work fast with it. Also, I would very much recommend applying this with a tanning mitt rather than with your hands or with rubber gloves. My trusted St Tropez tanning mousse has well and truly been shoved off the shelf to make way for this new addition!
Retail Price – €14.95

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Buff Make Up HD Foundation – Whilst not a new brand to the market, it’s a new brand to me and boy am I glad I found it. So much so, it’s sneaked its way into this month’s favourites as well as into my make up kit. I’ve been so impressed with this foundation so far that I’ve already started using it on brides for their trials with really great feedback. It’s definitely not for those of you who like the natural look and aren’t used to wearing much foundation as it’s definitely a full coverage foundation with very good pigmentation, so a little goes a long way. Which is just as well, as you only get 20ml in a bottle as opposed to the standard 30ml you do with most other foundations and it costs €30. Buff claim that it’s suitable for all skin types, although I would be very hesitant to use it on very oily skin as I’m not convinced it would last on the skin. As someone who has combination skin, I can vouch that it lasts very well on my skin type. It leaves a really lovely dewy finish to the skin and given it’s HD formula, it’s ideal for brides and editorial work.
Retail Price – €30

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Buff Make Up Sheer Glo – Another purchase from Buff Make Up from when I did one of their workshops at the beginning of February with the amazing Tara O’Farrell. This is a liquid highlighter that gives the skin an instant useful glow. Applied after primer and before foundation it helps to give that gorgeous dewy effect. As with the HD Foundation, it can be used on all skin types especially dry and mature skin. I don’t use this during the day, simply because I don’t feel the necessity for it and simply don’t have the time to add another product into my routine. However, I’m using it with brides and clients as well as on night’s out.
Retail Price – €32

Lancome artliner

Lancôme Artliner – This has totally changed my make up look in the last month and I pretty much use it everyday. I always used to use a liquid eyeliner when I was younger but then as a makeup artist always got used to using a gel eyeliners. Anyway, I’ve rediscovered the benefits of the liquid ones and this is a fantastic product. It’s one of those products that when you mention it to people they say ‘Oh yeah, I use that, it’s brilliant’. I even found it in my mum’s makeup bag this weekend as a daily essential of hers!!! The foam tip is the perfect size to create a feline flick and makes it quick enough to build it up if desired, it glides on easily and is very long lasting.
Retail Price – €28

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Blank Canvas F22 HD Dome Face Brush – Again, a new discovery to me thanks to my January PowderPocket box, this brush really impressed me and was great to use with my Buff Foundation. It’s part of their HD Face Collection and can be used for foundation, blush or contour application and with either liquid, cream, powder or mineral foundations. It’s made of synthetic fibres which makes it easy to clean as well. If you’re on the hunt for some good quality make up brushes and don’t want to break the bank in the process, its definitely worth checking out www.blankcanvascosmetics.com as they are really reasonably priced. I will definitely be making some more purchases…next on my wish list is the F20 Flat Buffer Brush.
Retail Price – €13.99

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Revlon Lip Butters – I treated myself to a couple of these last month and previously mentioned them in a post (click here). My favourite is Tutti Frutti which I wear all the time, a soft coral, peach colour. As they are similar to a lip balm but with colour and good pigmentation, they do not dry the lips, in fact they are quite hydrating. You can simply dab it on with your finger to give a subtle sheen of colour or build it up to almost a lipstick. Currently available in 21 shades.
Retail Price – €11.20

I’ve really enjoyed testing and discovering lots of new products this month and I’ve had lots of queries for weddings and bridal make up this month, so lots keeping me busy. What products have you been loving this month?

Thanks for reading.
Sara.x

Top 5 Beauty Bargains under €12

The high street is packed with great make up and beauty products these days and you really don’t have to spend huge money on make up to get great products. I can often been found in the make up aisles of my local Boots store discovering what new (and old) products are out there. I just love that feeling when you discover a high street product that beats a high end product to touch, it makes you feel like you’ve got such a bargain (or is that just me)? I have numerous favourites from the high street, but these are my top five that you can pick up for under €12.

High Street Bargains for under €12

High Street Bargains for under €12

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter
I absolutely love these lip products since I bought two last month. I find that lipstick for the day is sometimes just a bit too much for me and these are the perfect solution. Revlon describe them as somewhere between a lipstick and a lip balm and I would totally agree. Packed with mango, shea and coconut butter, they are extremely moisturising but without having a strong scent. I bought Tutti Frutti and Macaroon and can’t get enough of Tutti Frutti. It’s a beautiful coral colour that’s not too overbearing and the beauty of these products is that you can build them up to increase the intensity. Macaroon is also a gorgeous pinky/plum colour, but probably slightly too pink for me, I tend to prefer peachy/pink colours. Currently available in 21 shades, there is definitely a colour out there for everyone!
€11.20 and there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on selected Revlon products in Boots.

Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Mascara
Best high street mascara….FACT! I have been using this mascara for well over a year at this stage and is a staple in my kit….especially the waterproof version for my bridal clients! I have tried numerous mascaras over the years and this is by far the best in this price range. I recently tried Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara which has been so hyped and I still find the Maybelline one far better. I often think that finding the ultimate mascara, that suits you and your lashes is a bit like hunting down the perfect pair of jeans to suit your body and shape. It’s not a pleasant experience, but once you know what you like, you stick to it!
€11.99 and there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on selected Maybelline products in Boots

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
Another staple in my kit alongside my higher end concealers, and by no means the poor relation. The consistency is lovely and creamy and it offers great coverage, able to cover the worst under eye dark circles as well as blemishes. It comes with a great applicator and lasts amazingly on the skin.
€6.49

Rimmel Stay Matte Transparent Powder
This product is such fantastic value. At just €5.99, it’s a bargain. I have been using mine every day for about a year and am still only about half way through it. It’s a lightweight powder and it’s free of talc, which means that it won’t clog the pores. As someone who normally has oily skin, this product offer me a matte look complexion for most of the day.
€5.99

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner
There are so many gel eyeliners on the market these days, but very few good high street offerings. This is by far the best product. Available in various shades, it’s waterproof, smudgeproof and as with the Collection 2000 concealer it is no different from the more expensive high end brands. I actually much prefer this to the MAC and Clinique versions as find the pot doesn’t dry out as quickly, which is great as I don’t want to regularly be replacing it in my kit when it’s no where near being finished. It evens comes with a brush applicator, making it even better value.
€11.99 and there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on selected Maybelline products in Boots

Have you tried any of the above? If so, what are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading.

Sara.x