Monday, 31 March 2014

Quarterly Favourites #1

I know most bloggers do monthly favourites but I find it a little difficult. I usually find something I love, ahem Maybeline The Falsies, and use it 24/7, repurchase it and forget that anything else in that category even exists.
I decided I'd divide the year in four quarters (how business like) and every three months, discuss my favourite products.
This post will cover from the start of January to the end of March. You can expect the second edition of this series in late June.

I'm not going to go into detail on every single item as I've already got full reviews on a couple of them and you'd end up cross-eyed by the time you finish reading this post.

First up, makeup:

The Pro Hygiene Collection Brush Cleaner - I know this isn't technically makeup but I'm including it in this section. I love this brush cleaner, it's so easy to use. You just spray it on your brush, wait a few seconds and wipe your brush clean. You can read my full review of this here.

Sudocrem -  I can hear the collective "huh??"s as you read this but there is method to my madness. You know when you're having a great skin week and then BAM, a breakout? Sudocrem is amazing in these situations. What I do is apply a large blob where needed before bed and then go to sleep. The next day, my skin is either clear or 80% there depending on the severity of the breakout. I just repeat this for the next couple of nights until my face is back to normal.

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub - I'm so obsessed with this lip scrub. It works wonders for dry flaky lips by gently exfoliating them. You just rub it on your lips for a minute then either wipe or lick off the remaining sugar granuals. It's meant to be mint-choc flavored but to me it's just a nice sweet mint taste. Either way it works brilliantly and tastes pretty good.

Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure in the shade Vitamin Sea - I love this nail polish. It's a beautiful shade of blue, comparable to Barry M Blueberry. It lasts for up to 7 days with minimal chipping. I love the formula and brush shape. It makes application so easy. Two coats gives complete opacity. I can't explain my love for this polish, all I can say is try it!

Wet n Wild Balm Stain lip crayon in the shade Red-dy or Not E125 - This lip product is amazing. It's extremely pigmented, doesn't dry out your lips and stays on for hours. Even after the gloss effect wears off, you're left with a really pretty stain that you can just pop some lip balm over for a "your lips but better" look.

MeMeMe Beat the Blues highlighter in the shade Pearl Pink - This highlighter is amazing. As I mentioned in a previous post, this is a brilliant dupe for Benefit's High Beam but only costs around €10. I use this every time I do my makeup, I just don't feel complete without it!

Next up is hair products:

L'oreal #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray - This texturising spray is great. I use it by spraying it onto the roots from underneath and then just fluffing up my hair. It creates volume and leaves quite a matte look on your hair. It's doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky or looking... crispy. This also has quite good hold but you do need to reapply it after a few hours.

Boots Build Up Removal Shampoo - Nobody likes having hair that feels dirty and unfortunately that can happen with too much product build up. If you use a lot of styling products or have a build up of shampoo that is leaving your scalp feeling a little uncomfortable then this will work wonders. I use it once every two weeks just to give my hair a good clean. A word of warning though, focus this on your roots only because it is very drying if it manages to find its way to the tips of your hair.  If you're looking for a cost efficient clarifying shampoo then I definitely recommend this.

Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil - If you remember last year I did a full review of the Hask Keratin shampoo and conditioner, this oil is part of that range. It can by applied to the tips of your hair, wet or dry. I personally use it on dry hair as I feel it doesn't do much for wet hair. This gives your hair a wonderful shine and is great at disguising any damage. I like to apply it as a finishing touch if I've straightened my hair or even if I'm leaving my hair down without heat styling (most days) and it's looking a bit frizzy. It lasts for ages because you only need to use such a small amount. For €2 you really can't go wrong.

Lastly, a few body products:

Right Gaurd for Women Total Defence Sensitive Deodorant - I've been using this deodorant since late last year and I have repurchased it 3 times, each time on a 2 for 1 deal. This smells so nice, I can't really describe it. It's not sweet, it is fresh but not that cotton scent kind of fresh. Now you're more confused than you were in the beginning, aren't you? Anyway, it works great, smells lovely and I just can't sing it's praises highly enough.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life Body Scrub - I'm not usually one for body scrubs as my skin is pretty sensitive and a lot of them can be too rough. This scrub is very moisturising and quite gentle. It has the original S&G scent and like most of their products, a little goes a long way.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream - I think we have a tendency to think "ew feet" and completely overlook them with the exception of painting our toenails. I used to love this foot cream but for some reason completely forgot about it. I recently rediscovered it now remember why I used to love it so much. It's just a heavy duty moisturiser that smells a little funky but works wonders for keeping your feet smooth and looking not gross. If your feet need a little TCL then I suggest you try this out.

I really hope you enjoyed this post.
Let me know what products you've been loving recently and if you plan on trying any of the things I mentioned here.
Thanks for reading. 
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Friday, 28 March 2014

The TMI Tag

I was tagged by the lovely LilliWhiteRose to do the TMI tag and I'm rather excited to answer all these questions! Before you read this post, you should head over Danielle's blog and follow her because she's wonderful.

Okay, here it goes:

1: What are you wearing? 
My furry winter PJs, fleece lined slipper socks and an oversized black and white stripey jumper because it is freezing today!

2: Ever been in love? 
Only if you count my dog...

3: Ever had a terrible breakup? 
No thankfully

4: How tall are you? 

5: How much do you weigh? 
I have no idea and don't plan to find out. As long as I keep healthy and feel good, weight is just a number.

6: Any tattoos? 
Yes. I have 4 so far, the word "hope" on my left wrist, a quote on my ribcage, a feather behind my right ear and the word "family" within an infinity loop on my right forearm. I'm totally obsessed with tattoos and I'm planning my next one right now. :)

7: Any piercings? 
I used to have 9 ear piercings but now I only use 4 of them, my left helix, tragus and both my lobes. I also have my nose pierced. I'm actually terrified of getting pierced and would much prefer to get tattooed. 

8: OTP? 
I can't decide between Polivia and Zalfie

9: Favourite show? 
Right now I'd have to say Fringe but I also love NCIS and anything by Joss Whedon.

10: Favourite bands? 
City and Colour, Daughter, The Milk Carton Kids, We the Kings

11: Something you miss? 

12: Favourite song?
We All Need Saving - Jon McLaughlin or Samson - Regina Spektor 

13: How old are you? 
I'm 20, I'll be 21 in August

14: Zodiac sign? 
Leo. I think I'm pretty much a stereotypical one too. 

15: Quality you look for in a partner? 
Ability to make me laugh, loyalty, understanding.

16: Favourite Quote? 
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ― Kahlil Gibran

17: Favourite actor?
This changes regularly depending on what show I'm watching back to back on Netflix. Right now, Joshua Jackson.

18: Favourite color? 
Maroons and purples 

19: Loud music or soft? 
Mainly soft but it all depends how I'm feeling.

20: Where do you go when you're sad?
My bedroom or for a walk if the weather is nice.

21: How long does it take you to shower? 
If I have to wash my hair then about 15mins otherwise 5-10mins.

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 
From shower to makeup, 45mins to an hour. With  no shower.. 25mins? I'm quite slow getting ready!

23: Ever been in a physical fight? 
Only with siblings but if I could go back a few years, there'd be quite a few people I'd like to introduce to my fist.

24: Turn on?
Someone who gets my sense of humour (slightly dry/sarcastic)

25: Turn off? 
Bad dental hygiene and rudeness.

26: The reason I started blogging? 
It was something I wanted to do for quite a long time as I love everything beauty related and my parents were really supportive so I decided to go for it!

27: Fears? 
This might be quite a substantial list... Heights, flying, going to the dentist and doctor, slugs, snails, ladybirds, the dark, clusters of anything (don't ask). I'm of a very nervous disposition so you only have to say "boo" and I will scream and most likely cry.

28: Last thing that made you cry? 
With happy tears, a nice message from a friend last night. 

29: Last time you said you loved someone? 
To my dog this evening.

30: The meaning behind your blog name? 
It's literally just my name. I usually spell my name Nicole but I tend to use Nicholle for all my internet based usernames.

31: Last book you read? 
Ugly by Constance Briscoe

32: The book you're currently reading?
I'm not reading anything at the moment because I get horrible migraines and reading can sometimes trigger them. 

33: Last show you watched? 

34: Last person you talked to? 
My grandma

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? 
The last person I text was my wonderful dad.

36: Favourite food?

37: Place you want to visit?

38: Last place you were? 
In Ireland, Dublin. Abroad, Barcelona.

39: Do you have a crush?
Only on far too many celebrities 

40: Last time you kissed someone? 
Does my dog count?

41: Last time you were insulted? 
I can't really remember, I stick up for myself much more these days so I don't take notice of a lot of things that I used to consider insulting.

42: Favourite flavour of sweet? 

43: What instruments do you play?
I play guitar a little but I sing constantly so I guess my voice?

44: Favourite piece of jewellery?
My two rings, one I got for my 12th birthday from my grandma, it's a silver Celtic knotted ring with a black stone set in the middle. The other I also got from my grandma for my 18th birthday, it's her wedding ring, a white gold band with 7 diamonds. I love them both.

45: Last sport you played? 

46: Last song you sang? 
Sad Song - We the Kings ft. Elena Coats

47: Favourite chat up line?
I hate chat up lines

48: Have you ever used it?
I've never used one nor do I plan to! 

49: Last time you hung out with anyone? 
Last weekend I slept in m friend's house. We consumed far too much junk and cried with laughter, as usual.

50: Who should answer these questions next? 
Kelly from dressaddictedlawgirl 
Anita from anitasbeautyspot  
Sharleen from sharleen 

Anybody else who would like to do this tag!

This was a lot of fun to do and slightly trickier than I expected! 
Hope you enjoyed finding out probably a little more than you wanted to know about me.
Thanks for reading :)
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Lush: Tulip Bubble Bar

Lush really outdid themselves with their Mother's Day range this year.

click on the image to be taken to Lush's website

For my own mom, I purchased the Tulip Bubble Bar.

This bubble bar comes on a stick just like the Christmas Magic Wand bubble bar. You swish this round your bath water to create a lovely bubble bath.
This smells just like the Sex Bomb bath ballistic, with jasmine and ylang ylang, it's the perfect scent to help you relax and unwind.

I'm a sucker for little added extras and I was pleasantly surprised when I was told that there are wild flower seeds inside the gift tag that you can use to grow your own little flowers.

I just think this is such a sweet gift and great way of showing your mom that you care about her.

Have you tried anything from Lush's Mother's Day range? Let me know :)

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Monday, 24 March 2014

What's On My Face: Spring Editition

Despite today's weather, it's officially Spring which means saying goodbye to berry lips and matte complexions.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been changing up my makeup routine to fit in with the slightly nicer weather.

Right now I'm using the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in the shade 103 True Ivory. I mentioned this in my 2013 Favourites and I'm still loving it. It's a light to medium coverage with an SPF18. It buffs into the skin easily and leaves your skin looking fresh and slightly dewy.

To cover up my dark circles, I've been using the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in the shade 40 Soft Beige. This has light reflecting pigments in it to really brighten the area without looking sparkly. It isn't a heavy coverage concealer but with a couple of layers it does the job and I look less like the dead host of a brain eating alien.

I like to set it all using the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in the shade Transparent 001.

I use the darkest shade in the Gosh Brow Kit on my eyebrows. I love this stuff as it lasts all day and is so easy to apply with an angled brush.

For blusher, I use the Essence Silky Touch Blush in the shade 10 Adorable. This is a lovely rosey pink shade and gives the perfect flush of colour for a natural, healthy look.

If I'm wearing eyeshaddow, I'll keep it quite basic sticking with champagne, golden and taupe shades.
Most days I just like to define my lashes with a couple of coats of Maybeline The Falsies Mascara and leave it at that.

One of my favourite things to do is highlight. I use the MeMeMe Beat the Blues Highlighter in the shade Pearl Pink. This is a perfect dupe for Benefit's High Beam but at a much more reasonable price. I dab this along my cheek bones, along the brow bone and over my cupid's bow. I think this is my favourite step in my makeup routine as it just makes me look so much more awake and healthy and brings everything together nicely.

I finish off with either a clear lipbalm or a sweep of the Essence XXL Shine Lipgloss which you can see a full review of here.

This is really simple and very quick to do and can be jazzed up with a bit of gel liner for an easy day look.

Have you embraced the soft pinks and neutrals of Spring?

Let me know if you like or dislike any of the products I listed here.

Thanks for reading. :)
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Budget Buy: Essence XXL Shine Lipgloss

I don't buy a lot of Essence products. I think I tend to associate the brand with 14 year olds and bad quality nail varnish. That being said, on the rare occasion that I do purchase an item from the Essence stand, I usually fall in love with it.

I picked this lipgloss up on a whim a couple of weeks ago and I haven't stopped using it since.

This lipgloss comes in multiple shades, ranging from bright pinks to nudes.
I got the shade 24 Just Gorgeous because I was looking for a nice Spring-y pink shade.
First off, I have to say this smells amazing. It's sweet but not sickly and just smells very pink.
It has a straight applicator which I quite like, I find it's a bit easier to control than a doe foot applicator.

This is a high shine gloss and is well pigmented.

The gloss effect lasts up to 2 hours when you aren't eating or drinking.
The pigment however, stays on until you chose to remove it.
I wore this gloss from 9am to 10pm last week, reapplied it 3 times and when I got home I had to use a lip scrub to remove the left over patches of pink.
I can't recommend this highly enough considering it was less than €3!
It's the perfect shade to add a touch of Spring to your look as we move away from dark berry lips.
I'm definitely going to pick up another few shades of this lipgloss next time I'm out.
You can find Essence stands in Penneys, Sam McCauley's and most other pharmacies.
Let me know if you plan to try this out.
Have you ever disregarded a brand or product because it was too cheap?
Let me know :)
Thanks so much for reading. 

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Weekend in Dublin Haul

Another weekend away, another large haul and far too much money spent on things I really didn't need but really wanted. 

First of all I went to Penneys. 
I picked up this very cute black and white tartan t-shirt dress. It has no shape which means it hangs beautifully and is extremely comfortable. I decided to get a size bigger than normal as I'm rather tall and that way it hangs longer on me. I love the way I can wear a long sleeved top underneath it while the weather is still a bit chilly. 

Sorry about the wrinkles but it's been sat in a bag all weekend.

I also picked up the cutest oversized shirt style nightdress. It's made of a very light material and has an adjustable draw string around the middle. I also went a size bigger on this because who wants well fitted pjs?

I'm sure I'm not alone when it comes to my obsession with socks. 
I saw these little animal face "I look like I'm not wearing socks but actually I am" socks and I couldn't leave them behind. 
I also got these Bambi printed socks for myself, a pair of Barbie printed ones for my sister and a pair of butterfly printed ones for my friend. 

Next up I went to New Look. I only got one item there but it's something I've wanted since I saw it online but figured they'd be gone because it was a sale item.

It's this gorgeous black and cream printed dress covered in paisley patterns and a thick band of elephants around the hem. It's very me and I'm so happy I found it as it was the lat one in the shop. 

Last but not least, I went to Lush. I went a little overboard but hey, I'm easily exciteable.
I had a small list of what I wanted to get but you know how it is once you get sniffing...

Mint Julips Lip Scrub

I usually make my own lip scrub but I really wanted to try out a Lush one. I really disliked the popcorn and bubblegum ones but thankfully the mint choc flavoured one was right up my street. It smells and tastes great, minty but sweet and not overpowering. It's great at removing any dry, flakiness from your lips and you don't have to worry about washing it off as it's totally safe to eat. 

Rose Jam Bubble Bar

This smells so good. It certainly smells like roses but also has sweet undertones mixed with someting I can't quite put my finger on. There's a faint scent of lemon but it's not citrus-y overall. You crumble this up under the hot top to create a lovely bubble bath.

Sex Bomb Bath Ballistic 

Like most bath bombs, you pop this into your bath and enjoy the show as it fizzes around and makes a wonderfully coloured bath that smells floral and sweet with undertones of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage.

Amandopondo Bubble Bar 

This cute little bubble bar smells like roses with a hint of lemon. I usually avoid citrus scented or flavoured anything as it triggers migraines but this is muted enough that I can sniff away without a problem.

Creamy Candy Bubble Bar

With a scent to match Lush's Rock Star soap, this cotton candy scented bubble bar infused with cocoa and almond butter leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturised. Perfect if you need a little boost.

Butterball Bath Ballistic

A much more muted, less sweet, more musty smelling bath bomb that's perfect for dry skin. With pieces of cocoa butter inside to moisturise and sooth dry or irritated skin.

Fluffy Egg Bath Ballistic 

This bath bomb is from the Easter collection and smells just like the Snow Fairy scent. I'm saving this for closer to Easter (assuming I can hold out). 

Mum Tulip Bubble Bar

I got this reusable bubble bar for my mom for Mother's Day. It has the same scent as Sex Bomb but is slightly more muted. I'm going to include this in a Mother's Day post soon so I won't go into much detail here. 

I also doubled up on one bath bomb as a birthday gift to a friend but I know she'll see this and I want to surprise her so I'm not going to say which one it is.

I think that's everything! I hope you all enjoyed seeing what I bought. Let me know if you want a more detailed post on anything I mentioned here. 
Thanks so much for reading.  

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Saturday, 1 March 2014

March Wishlist

I've been eyeing up a few different products recently and even though I might not end up actually purchasing them, these are a few things I'd like this month.
First up is Soap&Glory's Kick Ass Concealer.
This trio contains two shades of concealer and a translucent setting powder. I've heard so many great things about this product and I think I'll definitely be getting it asap. 
A slightly more pricey item on my list is the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm. 
The only thing holding me back for getting this is the price, I just feel guilty spending that much on something just for me. If I manage to convince myself to buy it, I can imagine becoming totally obsessed with it.
Next up is an Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in the shade Beso. 
I've been so excited about these since they were announced but I wanted to see some reviews on them before I decided to part with €20 for a lipgloss. Still not sure I'm prepared to but hey, I can dream. 
Something that I've been wanting since the end of last year is the Origins Drink Up 10 minute quenching face mask. 
My skin becomes incredibly dry when the weather gets cold and it doesn't seem to matter how many different masks, oils, serums and creams I use, my skin just hasn't really responded to any of them. I'm hoping that this will help me out on my quest for hydrated skin. 
Finally is a Tanya Burr nail polish in the shade Penguin Chic. 
The only reason I didn't buy this straight away was that I couldn't decide what colour I wanted and when I finally figured it out, feelunique had sold out. Now that I've gotten myself together, I'll be placing my order for this promptly. 

Are there any products that you guys really want at the moment? Maybe you've tried some of the things on my list? Let me know :) 

Talk to you soon 
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