With the despicable demise of Avon in Ireland a gap has been left in the market that a brand such as Mary Kay may just be able to fill; with a force of 33,000 regular women across the world now part of the Mary Kay Sales Directors team I see huge potential for them in the Irish market. When I was approached by the brand recently I was delighted to be given the opportunity to test some of their wares. Rather than lump everything in together I’ve decided to do individual reviews purely based on the fact that I have been super impressed with each product that I have tried. Read on »
I’m sure you’ve seen these babies about the blogosphere already, they’ve cropped up on various UK beauty blogs and my lust for them grew with every sighting! It was all I could do to stop myself from ordering them all the way from Selfridges across the water. “Kat, it’s only makeup!” as one Lorraine might say. Luckily I managed to pick up the much anticipated new cream blushes from Bourjois over the weekend and it made me very happy indeed. While I was at it I threw in the new Bronzing Primer (in for a penny, in for a pound), which looks suspiciously like a dupe for the much lauded Soleil Tan de Chanel. Read on »
Merumaya is a new British skincare brand that launched recently; unfortunately I missed out on meeting with the brand whilst they were in Dublin and I am now raging after using and loving some samples I received. I started using the sample sized products last month and ended up purchasing some full size products direct from Arnotts. Read on »
I would be lying if I said I didn’t hold skincare stalwart Vichy in high regard. The brand knows skincare, and backed by the L’Oreal giant (love them or hate them) they have megabucks to invest in research and development. This results in them producing products with great scientific credentials, which in my experience really work. So, even though I’m definitely biased in Vichy’s favour, to counter that I have high expectations when I try their new product releases. Recently I popped to my local Sam McCauley’s to pick up two newbie products which I badly needed – Normaderm Hyaluspot for my oily, acne prone skin and Nutriextra Hands for my parched lámha. It’s typical that I have an oil rig on my mug and sahara hands. First world problems eh? Read on »
I thought this post was rather timely given the week that’s in it, and the fact that the BITTER cold is sure to be nipping at everyone’s noses. Like seriously, when’s the last Paddy’s Day when we had to worry about snow? And we thought rain was bad enough! But I digress… I myself am unfortunately very prone to the “Irish” affliction, that is the glowing nose. Rudolf’s got nothing on me. Alcoholic or not, most of us will be lucky to escape the cold snap with our skintone intact. Add acne to the mix and a milk-bottle Irish complexion turns rather more sour. Thankfully over the years I have perfected my redness covering techniques, so without further ado let me introduce my arsenal. Read on »
Concealing spots, blemishes and other unsightliness has never been my strong point; no matter what my choice of tools or product. That said I think the tables are finally starting to turn for me thanks to the newest Benefit product: Fake Up hydrating and concealing stick.
My usual downfall with concealers is that I need a highly pigmented, long-lasting product however these are exactly the type of products that tend to dry out skin and make my blemishes “flakey”. My skin is very spot prone so its a constant battle to find a happy medium between nicely moisturised skin along with good concealment. Its a fine balance and some-days my skin just doesn’t want to play ball. My usual concealers of choice include Barbara Daly for Tesco, Collection 2000 and Benefit Boi-ing and a million others in between so I jumped at the chance to attend Benefits recent blogger evening (Benefit events are SOOOO MUCH FUN) and learn all about their exciting new concealer product. Read on »
Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection launches Monday March 4th and boy is it one stylish lot! It is going to be available exclusively at Brown Thomas and to coincide with the launch the brand is bringing their International Make Up Artist Alan Pan to the store to meet with you lovely lot! Alan will be dishing out Mad Men inspired makeovers and to book your slot simply call your local Brown Thomas. Full details for you guys below; let me know if you will be picking up anything from this collection x Read on »
Did you know that yesterday saw the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, 25th February to 10th March? If you’re anything like me (a normal person then yeah?) when you think of Fairtrade, you think (rightly or wrongly) of higher prices on the shelves next to “regular” goods, and that well off guy who drives a Prius; he probably buys Fairtrade EVERYTHING to go with his zen garden and sense of smugness. It’s far from the Celtic Tiger we are now, and it’s hard enough to get food in our own children’s mouths never mind having to feed the black babies too, eh? Well missus, I’m here to show you can totally incorporate Fairtrade into your daily life, and then you can swan around just as smug as that Prius driving gombeen. First up in our “Ethical Beauty” feature line up, I present to you Oriflame’s Smoothing Day Cream and Eye Cream.
In case we haven’t wittered on about them enough, let me tell you now we LOVE Irish beauty brand Pixy. All of their products are pure and simple, with nothing but the best effective, natural ingredients. So we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spread the Pixy love and tell you about their February free delivery offer when you spend €10. Go on, support Irish products and love your skin while you’re at it! In case you’re wondering what to get, we’ve got two ingredients for a pampering night in below, and be sure to check out our other Pixy reviews. Read on »