Saturday, 14 October 2017

Halloween Beauty Must-Haves!

Hey guys!

Halloween is so close now and I am beyond excited for it! I love dressing up and of course everything that comes along with it, especially the falling leaves.

So many brands come out with Halloween lines and this year, they do not disappoint. I've rounded up my must-haves for this year and cannot wait to get my hands on all of them!

Lush Monsters Ball Bomb

Returning from last year, Monsters Ball has hit Lush stores once again and I am so happy. Not only does it fill your bath with a cosmic array of colours but this little guy smells so citrusy and fresh. It is the perfect addition to any autumnal bath and I will definitely be stocking up before it disappears again.

Monsters Ball retails for €5.25 and is available in Lush stores nationwide.

Penneys Pierced Nails

I love Penneys nails and don't think you can ever go wrong with picking up a set, provided you pick up some better glue at the same time! Pierced nails aren't a new trend but these black ones are perfect for adding some edge to any look this Halloween and for the price, it's a total bargain.

Pitch Black Pierced Nails retail for €2.50 and are available in Penneys stores nationwide.

NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metals Lip Cream

Whether you're dressing up as a witch, fairy, unicorn or princess this year, one of the cosmic metals will definitely complete your makeup look. The pigmented lip cream, combined with a shiny gloss adds the perfect glistening effect to make your lips eye-catching and memorable. The range comes in eighteen different shades and looks absolutely fab!

The Cosmic Metals Lip Creams retail for €10.50 are available in Arnotts and selected pharmacies nationwide.

Essence Cosmetics Superlast Waterproof Eyeliner

I picked this eyeliner up while I was in Italy and paid less than €2.50 for it and it did not disappoint at all! It is very pigmented, doesn't have a patchy application and lasts all day! The applicator is small enough to draw intricate designs or graphic liner for whatever makeup look you're going for this year!

The Superlast Waterproof Eyeliner is available from Penneys and selected pharmacies nationwide.

Sleek Distorted Dreams Highlighter Palette
I think this palette is so similar to ABH Moonchild and the variety of shades means you can have a popping highlight for almost every outfit. The green and lilac shades are perfect for cosmic looks while the pink and peach shades would give that a more subtle glowly highlight.

Distorted Dreams retails for €13.99 and is available in Boots nationwide.

Lusso Self Tan Lotion

This tan (medium) is the tan of dreams. It is a buildable tan so if you don't think one layer is enough, it's quick drying and easy to add a second layer. It also has an unbelievably natural colour so if you're planning on being an oompa loompa, this tan isn't for you.

I find a layer of tan just makes me feel so much better about myself and I feel fab when I have tan on. A good tan can make any outfit better in my opinion!

Lusso Self Tan Lotion retails for €22.30 and is available from

Make Up For Ever False Lashes

Make Up For Ever have such a cool range of false lashes that are perfect for Halloween. Whether you're going for a super dramatic eye look and need the perfect over-the-top lashes or you just want some added volume,  you'll find them here!

Most of the lashes retail for €17 and are available from MUFE stores and concessions nationwide.

Lush Bewitched Bath Bomb

Lush are just knocking it out of the park with this year's collection! I haven't had a chance to pop in to see the full range yet but from the pictures I have seen online, I will definitely be picking this one up! This cute bath bomb turns your water black and if that isn't a colour to match my mood at the end of a long day, I don't know what is!

There's something about a black bath that's so intriguing and I cannot wait to try this one out!

Bewitched retails for €5.75 and is available in Lush stores nationwide.

While you're enjoying an evening bath or watching a movie while getting ready, there are some Halloween classics that you have to watch with your favourite drink and seasonal sweets!


Halloweentown is a Disney classic that spun into a series that defined my Halloween traditions when  I was younger. My brother, sister and I used to watch one, if not all of the movies before we went trick or treating and I have to watch it every year now. Otherwise, it just doesn't feel the same!

Hocus Pocus

How someone can go through October and not watch this movie is beyond me. Granted, it scared me at times when I was younger but it is always on some TV channel on Halloween and if it's on, I have to watch it!

It is such a classic Halloween movie and although I'd love a sequel, it's perfect the way it is, and does not, in any way, need a remake.

What are your Halloween must-haves this year, or your movie suggestions?
What are you dressing up as?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Mini Sephora Haul

Hey guys!

So while I was in Milan, I made it my mission to find a Sephora (or two) and they did not disappoint! I had only ever been in one other Sephora (In Krakow) so I didn't really know what to expect walking in. At first I was kind of overwhelmed with the various floors in the store and seen as Ali had just come back from the States with a whole load of new makeup for us, I wasn't really looking for any makeup in particular.

That being said, I did spend the guts of an hour just browsing around the store and ended up coming out with a heap of Sephora skincare and one primer that I've been dying to try!

I have a few of their sheet masks left from when Ali came home but I hadn't come across their overnight masks before and I just had to try them! While I was there, they were two for €5 so I took advantage of this by buying a few different ones.

Each mask has a different purpose and they are so easy to use.
The green mask (green tea) is used for clean. smooth and matte skin.
The ivory mask (pearl) is used for evening out and brightening the skin.
The pink mask (rose) is used for hydrated, luminous and brighter skin.
The blue mask (algae) is used for a fresh and radiant complexion in the morning.
The purple mask (orchid) is used for skin that feels firmer in the morning.

I used the orchid mask while I was away and I loved it! I applied a thin layer of the mask on my face and neck after I had cleansed my face. I found there was enough in the pack for two applications so I shared it with my sister!

I love using eye masks after flights and have used this one before. It smells fab and the rose mask is aimed at giving you plumper, fresher and brighter looking eyes!

This mask was €3.95

The final thing I picked up in Sephora was a mini version of Too Faced's Hangover primer. I have wanted to try the primer for ages and the mini is quite big (20ml) and was only €15 so I thought it was the perfect way to try it out without fully committing.

I haven't tried it yet but once a do, expect a review!

Have you been in a Sephora recently?
What did you buy?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Skin Salve Eczema Soap

Hey guys!

The last week has been crazy for me with prepping for college and everything but I am so happy to be back in the swing of things! As some of you guys know from previous posts, I suffer from dry skin and patches of eczema that I find so annoying!

Normal soaps usually aggravate the situation so when John from Skin Salve gave the opportunity to try out their Eczema soap for myself, I jumped at the opportunity. I gave the soap a month trial to see if it made a difference to my skin, but you'll have to stay to the end to see how I got on!

Skin Salve created this soap with one important ingredient - Sodium silicate. It is a natural element known to heal dry and itchy skin, perfect for those who suffer from eczema. According to the brand, the soap is designed to lock in the natural moisture of the skin, stopping it from drying out and keeping it supple and less prone to cracking, flaking and itching.

I didn't find the soap had any real scent which was neither a good or bad thing. I did notice, however, that over the month I was using it, the eczema I had began to reduce and I was far less prone to itching.

Overall. I would recommend the soap for anyone who suffers from dry skin or mild eczema, like myself. It helped my skin improve over the month I used it and I have continued to use it since!

You can buy their soap and more, here!
Four bars of soap retail for roughly €16.50.

Have you used anything from Skin Salve before?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Viviscal Range for Men and Women

Hey guys!

I decided to take a few weeks out of blogging while I was taking my work holidays and going away with the fam! It was a lovely break but with college coming up and going back to work, I'm totally ready to dive back into blogging as well!

At the start of summer, the lovely Moira over at RDC PR kindly sent me some of the Viviscal Man range to try out (I gave it to my s/o at the time don't worry!) and I've been using the  Healthy Growth Shampoo and Conditioner for Women for a few months now!

If you haven't heard of Viviscal before, it is a hair growth program consisting of shampoo and conditioner, serum, hair fibres and supplements. The overall aim of the products is to give you healthier, thicker looking hair and I can definitely vouch for the thickness aspect!

Viviscal Man Full Force Fortifying Shampoo

The shampoo, enriched with Ana:Tel™, which reduces hair loss, the shampoo helps to promote healthy hair and increased growth.

After a few weeks of use, my s/o found that the shampoo helped his hair feel thicker and liked the scent of the shampoo which is always a bonus. As far as hair loss, we're both still young and don't notice hair loss either way.

The Full Force Fortifying Shampoo has a RRP of €11.95.

Viviscal Man Food Supplement 

The food supplement side of the range aims to improve overall hair health and increase hair thickness. After taking the tablets for a month (twice a day) he noticed that his hair was growing faster than it usually does and the thickness definitely improved (In his words it was harder to style haha) and he also saw an improvement in facial hair growth which is always a plus!

The supplements have a RRP of  €49.95

The Viviscal Man range is available from leading pharmacies nationwide and online at

Viviscal Densifying Shampoo

From the Viviscal Woman range, I use the shampoo and conditioner and have for some months 
now. Viviscal claim that the shampoo gently cleanses, leaving your hair looking naturally thicker and fuller.

I have naturally thick hair anyway but woah, did this give it a boost! My hair felt much fuller and was definitely harder to tie up which is not a complaint at all, a lot of bobbins were lost in the process though.

The shampoo has a RRP of €11.95.

Viviscal Desifying Conditioner

Just like the shampoo, the conditioner is enriched with Ana Tel™️ which helps hair become thicker and fuller while promoting hair growth.

I condition before I shampoo and I do it once a week. After using this conditioner until the end, I am in love. My hair was so much easier to comb through before drying it and overall after using both of the products, I did notice my hair was looking shinier and thicker which was fabulous when it came it styling it!

Another thing to note about the products is that the sent is fabulous! It has a subtle floral scent which lasts in my hair for about a day after I wash it!

The conditioner has a RRP of €11.95 and the pair of densifying products are available from leading pharmacies nationwide and online at

Have you guys tried Viviscal before? 
What did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much to the lovely team at RDC who kindly sent me the products mentioned in this post!

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Nutrilite Appetite Controller

Hey guys!

So recently I've been on a major health buzz. I have wanted to cut out processed sugar from my diet as well as exercise more and lose some weight. Although the main focus wasn't to lose weight, it was to overall become healthier, I've definitely noticed a recent weight loss which is fabulous. 

I would put my weight loss down to Nutrilite's Appetite Controller which I have been using for the last three weeks. Nutrilite is a natural appetite controller that comes in single-serve sachets that you pour into water or juice before each meal, three times a day.

Although I didn't like the texture of the sachet mixed with water, I usually washed it down with another glass of water which was fine. Once consumed, the  fibres work towards forming a gel in the stomach, helping you to feel fuller.

Over the course of my trial, I noticed myself eating smaller portion sizes, without feeling any less full after my meals and when I wanted a snack, I wasn't reaching for something sugary like I usually do!

Overall, I really noticed a difference in my eating patterns and having the sachets at each meal became a second nature to me. Nutrilite's Appetite Controller helped me to kick start my health buzz and after the duration of the trial, I had started to lose a few pounds already.

Although my trial is over, I will continue to eat smaller portion sizes and stay away from sugary snacks! 

Thanks so much to RDC PR for kindly sending me Nutrilite's Appetite Controller to review!

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Brand Spotlight: NYX Cosmetics

Hey guys!

I cannot believe it's been three weeks since I've had the time to sit down and properly write a blog post! My life right now is literally, work, sleep, eat and repeat. I had my first sleep-in in about ten days and it was heavenly!

During my absence however, I was trying out loads of new products as well as finding myself reaching for old favourites as well. Surprisingly, a lot of these products were NYX Cosmetics!

NYX is such a fabulous, budget-friendly brand and one that has been in my makeup bag for years.

The first NYX product I ever bought was there soft matte lip cream in Copenhagen,
 a perfect deep plum shade that I love. To get the berry shade I like and a full coverage look, it does require a few layers which takes time to dry. Other than that, I do love the formula, even if it fades after a few hours, as most liquid lips do.

I got sent a couple new shades from the collection a few weeks ago and they're so nice. One of the shades I got was Tokyo, a light pink that is perfect for spring and summer! One coat will give you sheer coverage while two with give you a gorgeous full coverage lip!

Cannes, another soft matte lip cream is more on the nude side, the perfect mauve nude for all year round, in my opinion! Just like Tokyo, you'll need two coats to gain a full coverage look with this shade!

Their Strobe of Genius highlight kit has been a firm favourite of mine for months and I love using the kit on my eyes as well as my highlight. The palette has seven different shades, so there's a shade to suit everyone, the purple one is my favourite!

NYX's  glitter glue is fabulous as well, I use it all the time as it keeps loose glitter on my lids the whole night and it is perfect for festival glitter as it's safe to use on the cheeks as well! You'll need a strong makeup remove to take the glitter off at the end of the night though because it's made to keep the glitter in place and that's exactly what it does!

I go between primers and from time to time I use their pore filler as my primer, which I love! I have some large pores on my face and this filler reduces their appearance. The only complaint about NYX's Pore Filler has nothing to do with the formula as it makes my skin feel so smooth when I have it on, however, the one I have was half empty when I first opened it, even though the seal was still on! I had to squeeze the life out of it just to get some product out!

Another product I recently got my hands on was the
 Pro Foundation Mixer in Luminous, a pink undertoned foundation mixer that lightens any foundation you mix it with. Although the scent isn't the most pleasant, it does wonders in lightening my foundation to a shade that perfectly matches my skin! 

NYX products are available nationwide in Arnotts, Boots and selected pharmacies.

Have you ever tried NYX products?
What are your favourite ones?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Hit Refresh With Artistry

Hey guys! 

So earlier in the month I went to the Artistry summer event in the Morrison and if you follow me on social media, you'll have seen how fab the event was!

We got the opportunity to get up close and personal with the products and the fabulous team that were flown in from all over the world demonstrated a quick and easy summer look!

The new Hydra-V range really intrigued me as a have spots of very dry skin and the range is very hydrating and great if the summer months dry out your skin! I cannot wait to get my hands on the replenishing moisture cream.

As well as getting to see some of the fab products they have to offer, we also got a lovely gift bag at the end which was so lovely and I was so excited to try out some new products!

Artistry Deep Cleansing Mask

When I saw this mask I was so excited! If you follow me on social media, you'll know I always use face masks and love trying out new ones!

Artistry's mask contains kaolin and amazonian white clay that aims to deeply cleanse, draw out dirt and oils and help reduce the appearance of pores. I have been using this mask twice a week for three weeks and I love it! 

Clay masks are a firm favourite of mine and this one leaves my skin feeling smoother and I have been less prone to breakouts as well which is fabulous! The guidelines suggest leaving it on for five minutes but I leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. The mask is launching later this summer and keep an eye out for it because once this one is gone, I'll definitely be needing another one!

Amway USB

We were also given this handy USB that I have started to store my blog pictures on so I never lose them!

Artistry Signature Colour Light-Up Lip Gloss

I have featured these lip glosses on my social media before because RDC PR kindly sent some to me a few months ago and I loved them.

While I don't usually wear gloss, when I do want some extra shine for my lips, I am always reaching for these! The formula is longlasting, even though it's stick and the light inside the lid is super handy on nights out!

These lip glosses retail for €25 but with the light inside and the quality of the packaging, as well as the pigmentation of the gloss, I can definitely see why! 

I was given the shade Juicy Peach, which I already own, and used for these pictures so the second one is unopened! Keep an eye out for it in a giveaway soon!

Thank you so much to Amway and RDC PR for a fabulous event and lovely gift bag!

Have you guys used Artistry before?
What products did you try?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

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