25 November 2013


How would you like to win yourself a years supply of NYC make-up worth up to the value of €300 or a goodie bag worth €50? New York Color are giving you the chance to do just that.

"We want users to compare their NYC products versus other makeup they have used, then tell us what they think to be in with a chance to win prizes -
TELL US what you think -  there is a goodie bag worth €50 up for grabs, or 
SHOW US how they compared (upload a pic) and you *could* win a €300 hamper!"

High tail it over to their Facebook page HERE and enter girls. This would be a wonderful treat for yourself or a lovely Christmas present for your best friend, mother or sister. Once you enter you will also be entered into a draw to win one of their mascaras. 

NYC has always been one of my favourite affordable beauty brands. I own nearly their entire nail polish collection and don't know where I would be without their black liquid eye-liner pens for achieving the perfect winged liner look! 


Good Luck,

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15 November 2013

The Body Shop Luxury Advent Calender - The Best of The Body Shop Christmas 2013

Ding Dong..If I wasn't already excited enough about Christmas you should have seen my face when I seen The Body Shop Christmas advent calender in their Grafton street store in Dublin this week. I was invited along to see their new Christmas Ginger, Cranberry and Vanilla collections but the advent calender stole the show for me on the night.

With twenty four amazing products for €99 (Contents worth €126.30) I just could not contain my excitement. The packaging, the Gingerbread house, all the little doors and the shear size of it. Oh momma!

If you want to know what's behind each door keep reading on, otherwise tell me in the comments below how excited you would be to have this in your possession in the comments below!!

This Advent Calender contains:

Almond Hand & Nail Cream 30ml

Vitamin E Moisture Cream 15ml

Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask 6ml

Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream 15ml

White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion 60ml

Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion 60ml

Lip & cheek Stain: 02 Bronze Glimmer 8ml

Born Lippy Raspberry Lip Balm 10ml

Coconut Shower Cream 60ml

Mango Body Whip 60ml

Moringa Body Milk 60ml

Shea Body Butter 50ml

Chocomania Soap 25g

Cranberry Joy Soap 25g

Ginger Sparkle Soap 25g

Honeymania Lip Balm 10ml

Satsuma Body Puree 60ml

Moringa Shower Gel 60ml

Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm 10ml

Strawberry Shower Gel 60ml

Shea Shower Cream 60ml

Shea Lip Butter 10ml

Bath Lily White

Eyeshadow Brush

Isn't she a beaut! Probably the best advent calender I have seen in a long time! The advent Calender is also available in stores in the UK for £55 (contents worth £80). It might be worth mentioning too that there is also three version available. This is the Luxury edition, there is also a Deluxe edition which comes in a green box and an Ultimate version which comes in a gold box and cost more but unfortunately (for greedy people like me) they are not available in Ireland (Thank god says my bank balance!).


10 November 2013

The Perfect Red Lips for the Party Season featuring Barry M and Rimmel London

Hmmm.. What am I missing?! Oh yes, the perfect red lipstick for the upcoming party season!

In fact I have a pretty spectacular Lip liner and lipstick to tell you about. Barry M 163 Little Vixen €8 and Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip liner in 024 Red Diva €5.49

I lined my lips with Red Diva, a full colour lip liner definer which is soft textured and the fine tip offers precise definition. I didn't find this liner to be drying, it went on so smoothly. I made sure not to twist it up too much to avoid causing the liner to snap. I just twisted up a little at a time and it worked perfectly. This liner made the perfect base to the lipstick I chose to apply next. They matched each other perfectly. 

Next I applied Little Vixen by Barry M. I bought this lipstick as part of Boots 3 for 2 offer. I also bought two Barry M polishes, I shall report back on them soon! I love this classic red lipstick because it's not too bright and it's not too dark, it's just right. Little Vixen is made up of Barry M newest ultra moisturising lip paint formula. All hail cocoa butter! It means no more dry looking lips but it does also mean you need a very good lip liner to keep it in place. It's suits my complexion perfectly and I look forward to wearing it over the Christmas party season and well into the new year.

I applied both of these products at lunch time and after dinner, a trip to the cinema were obligatory popcorn was had and a quick stop into my local on the way home to see a band play I noticed then that the lipstick had held up for a good 10 hours!!! You can't get much better than that girls! 

To prolong your lipstick for even longer check out my post on Lipstick sealers.


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09 November 2013

Penneys Haul - Snug As A Bug

Snug Herringbone Pillow €6 - Cream Deer Pajamas €8 - J'Adore Double Bed set €17 - Two Pack Pillow cases €4 - Double Fitted bed sheet €8 - LED lights €3 

Hi All,

Just a quick post on some recent items I purchased from Penneys. With the weather being so baltic outside at the moment I find it harder than ever to get out of bed in the mornings and counting down the hours until I will see my bed again when I'm in work. There's just something about cold weather that makes me want to be snug as a bug and cosy up with my jammies on! 

Penneys have some really nice affordable bed sets and I couldn't leave without getting this J'Adore bed set. The print is utter girlyness with perfume bottles, pearl necklaces, heart shaped lock and keys, pretty flowers and romantic writing. I also love the Snug herringbone pillow and thought I'd get into the Christmas spirit with some fairy lights! 

Penneys also have some really nice comfy Pj's in at the moment. I have to be honest and say I spend most of December in Pj's because I'm saving for presents I tend to stay in a lot more and snuggle up so Cosy jammies are a must. The cream deer set caught my attention with polka dots, festive deers and super soft material to keep me warm. 

Stay snug this winter everyone. Tell me your favourite way to stay snug in the comments below. 


03 November 2013

Affordable dupes for the Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove

You may be wondering why I'm blogging about an oven glove...well Sigma brought out their Sigma spa brush cleaning glove nearly a year ago and I remember first hearing about it and instantly wanting it because I love my Bunny Brush collection and my Sigma Dry'n Shape. It would only be natural for me to complete my collection with the Brush cleaning glove. However, when I went onto their website I discovered it costs $40 (now $35)  and thought hell no! I couldn't justify spending that much money especially when there is a cheaper alternative available.

**BOOM** Let me introduce you to the silicone oven glove from Tesco. It's made from the same material and has ridges suitable for cleaning your larger face brushes as well as your smaller eye brushes and only cost me half the price of the sigma version at just €13.50.

I start by placing the bristle friendly shampoo by Elave to the area with large ridges to clean my BCC Buffer Brush
Then all I had to do was apply the brush to the glove and move it around in circular motions. The ridges do most of the work. I rinse the brush under running water and then apply it to the glove again to make sure all product is removed. 
Once the brush is clean you can use the section in between the thumb of the glove to shape your brush, just a gentle squeeze will remove excess water and shape your large face brushes.
Smaller ridges for your eye brushes. 

Both sides of the Tesco glove of awesomeness are textured JUST like the Sigma brush cleaning glove so you can use one side for cleaning and the other for rinsing. The inside has a fabric covering which makes it comfortable to use. It's easy to clean and will no doubt last me a very long time if not forever!

I'm really glad I purchased this glove, it is the perfect addition to my brush family. It has cut the time spent cleaning my brushes in half and my hands love me all the more for it.

If €13.50 is still too much of a stretch for you there is also another alternative on ebay for £2.89. If you're into D.I.Y projects check out this tutorial on Youtube by Secretlifeofabionerd and see how you can make your own brush cleaner using a hot glue gun and a clip board. Overall the method of using any type of silicone glove seems to work really well no matter what the cost. I'm sure the Sigma Brush cleaner is an absolute dream to use. Apart from the price I have only heard of one other complaint and that is the glove being far too big for some little hands. My man hand and I are happy enough to stick with our Tesco oven glove!!

Let me know what you think below.


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