Baby B Browne Tan Review

Recently I found the most gorgeous tan that I have to tell you about.  Baby B Brown is a beautiful natural fake tan which I used for the first time last month, when I went on my hols to Ibiza and I have been addicted ever since.

Baby B Brown Tanner

It comes in a pump bottle and you just apply all over with a fake tan mitt.  I ADORED the smell of this, it was really gorgeous and not like fake tan at all – more like chocolate!  It went on really evenly and the guide colour was nice enough to wear by itself.  The tan develops after a few hours and when you wash off the guide colour, you’re left with most beautifully natural golden tan which lasts for days and isn’t a bit orange!  Also, no need to worry about the chlorine in the pool making it fade, it lasted well for me.  When it does eventually fade naturally,  it does so evenly so you’re not left with horrible patches that you have to scrub your skin red raw to get rid of!

Baby B Brown on Mitt

I’m loving this as a summer tan and would really reccomend it to bring with you on holidays, even to top up a spray tan half way through your hols.  Or just for those beautiful summer days we seem to be getting lately :-)

You can buy this online at Pink Sugar Sparkles online store (also check out her fab jewelly while you’re there!) And best of all it’s only €19.95!  I would really recommend you check this out guys, let me know what you think if you do!

 

EXCLUSIVE – NYX Cosmetics Launches in Ireland!

You may or may not have heard of US brand NYX Cosmetics but it is a popular brand of makeup which is widely available in US “Drugstores” and adored by Makeup lovers, Celebrities, Youtube Makeup gurus and Makeup Artists alike.  It hasn’t been so easy for us to get our hands on the brand unfortunately – until now!  I was super excited to hear that they are now stocking this in selected Pharmacies in Ireland as it really is a great quality brand!

The collection includes everything from foundations and lip glosses to illuminators and primers, crayons and pens to shine controllers, all using a wealth of design innovations.  Cult favourites include their eye crayons which provide a fantastic base for a smoky eye as well as their blushes and their fantastic eyeshadow shades which are often exact dupes of MAC shadows & blushes for a fraction of the price which I love!

I was sent some NYX products to try so I will review what I got below:

 

Eyeshadow Palette – Love in Florence

NYX Eye Palette in "Love in Florence"

NYX Eye Palette in “Love in Florence”

You’ll be spoilt for choice with this gorgeous purple eyeshadow palette which includes a good selection of hues that all compliment each other and blend perfectly.  From other NYX Palettes I have tried, I have found that the quality of the shadows can be compromised a little in comparison to the single eyeshadows that NYX do but I didn’t find that to be the case here.  I would always use an eye primer anyway but the shadows lasted all day and were just as vibrant at the end of the day as when I applied them that morning!  I’m VERY impressed with this I must say!

 

Jumbo Eye Pencil -Dark Brown

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Dark Brown

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Dark Brown

One of the things NYX is most known for is their Jumbo Eye Pencils which can be used alone as a shadow or smudged as a base for eyeshadow, if doing a smoky eye for example.  It gives your eyeshadow fantastic staying power and extreme intensity.  This wasn’t too greasy and blended really well without going all over the place which I loved.  I definitely plan to pick up more of these to add to my collection as should any Makeup Artist!

 

Eye Pencil - Seafoam Green

NYX Eye Pencil in Seafoam Green

NYX Eye Pencil in Seafoam Green

This pencil was an absolute dream to apply.  I put it on my lower lashline after using the purple eyeshadow and I loved how it looked (see below).  The colour is a vibrant green and the finish is kind of metalic and it smudged really well into the lashline without fading away to nothing and lasted all day so I’m looking forward to getting some more of these in different colours.  They would really give the Urban Decay 24/7 liners a run for their money in my opinion!

 

Blush – Silky Rose

NYX Blush Silky Rose

NYX Blush Silky Rose

This blush is nothing short of AMAZING!  The intensity of the pigment really surprised me.  It’s quite a vibrant colour so I only needed the tiniest amount on my brush and it blended seamlessly so I didn’t end up looking like Aunt Sally!  Again these are great dupes for MAC blushes and it’s well worth picking up a few as they come in a wide range of colours.

 

Lip Pencil in Honey Nectar

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Honey Nectar

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Honey Nectar

I really liked this lip pencil, it has a good dense colour with a slightly sheeny finish to it but yet it lasts well. However, I wasn’t a fan of the smell!  It smells a bit “Chemical-y” which is slightly off-putting but I would be willing to let that slide as overall it is a good lip product.

 

Matte Lipstick in Red

NYX Matte Lipstick in Red

NYX Matte Lipstick in Red

I loved this lippy, it’s from the Matte range so it’s longlasting when you apply it.  The red shade was really nice too, quite an unusual red, more of a Brick colour, I really liked it and I loved the packaging.

 

Lip Butter – Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

This is a beautiful lip gloss, I absolutely adored it!  It smells like Chocolate, (always a bonus in my book!) is really glossy and moisturising on your lips and lasts quite well considering it’s a gloss and they aren’t very long wearing.  The colour is a lovely pinky nude that doesn’t wash you out and I’d imagine, would suit most people.  Will be stockpiling these in every colour!! :-)

This is the look I created using the eyeshadow, eye pencil, blush and lip products.  I thought it was really fresh and colourful and it reminded me that you can go a bit colourful for a daytime look, and the neutral lips were perfect with the pop of colour on the eyes.

Makeup Look using NYX Products

Makeup Look using NYX Products

 

The prices for these products range from €3 – €20 so they are very reasonable. At the moment I don’t have a full list of Pharmacies stocking NYX but once I get one I will update this or I will let you know on my Facebook or Twitter pages so make sure you follow me there :-)

What do you think, will you be rushing out to buy NYX Cosmetics?  Let me know if you have any favourites below.

 

 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Review

I’ve been playing  with these gorgeous new lippies from Bourjois ever since I got three of them to try out recently.  They look like a lipgloss but act like a matte lipstick!  You apply directly with the doe foot applicator which helps to give a very precise finish so you don’t need to use a lipliner if you don’t want to.

All Colours

 

I found the finish to be creamy on first application but then it dries to a matte finish.   Bourjois claims that it doesn’t  transfer but I’m not sure about that! I did find that it transferred to my glass when I had a drink, however, it didn’t remove the product completely from my lips.  Your lips are left with a long lasting stain which DOESN’T BUDGE!  So I would definitely agree that this is a long lasting lip product that needs very little maintenance throughout the day.

The three colours I tried were, 05 Ole Flamingo which is a gorgeous fuschia pink colour. 04 Peach Club which is a really nice understated peach and 01 Personne ne Rouge which is a cherry red colour. I would say that before you apply these, it’s important that your lips are in good condition so give them a good scrub with your toothbrush and slap on some lip balm a while before applying and that’ll give you a nice smooth result :-)

Lips Collage

 

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There are 8 colours in the range, so plenty to choose from.  They are available from Boots & Superdrug around mid-April and will cost €12.49.

What do you think?  Do you need these in your life?!  I know I will be picking up more of these colours, they are absolutely gorgeous and I got so many compliments wearing them :-)

 

 

Best of Beauty – Bloggers!

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So we’re at the end of this series of “Best of Beauty” type posts and to finish things off, I’ll be revealing my favourite beauty bloggers of which I have a few that I go back to read every time for their honest product reviews as well as their witty writing style.  So here they are, click on the links below, you might like them too!

All The Buzz

Nurse Fancy Pants

The High Life of Mars

Lovely Girlie Bits

Fluff & Fripperies

Snapped Up.ie

The Beautiful Truth

Karla Powell Makeup Artist

Not Just Inside

Beaut.ie

So that’s it!  Be sure to check  them out, as they are all fantastic. Also don’t forget to search the hashtag #BOBBlogChallenge

Who are your faves?

Best of Beauty Blog Challenge Week 7 – Beauty Treatment

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I love a good beauty treatment and for me, my indulgent treat has to be a facial, and more specifically a facial using Yonka products :-)

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I’ve been getting these facials done since I was in my 20′s and I really think they make a huge difference to my skin.  I also got a course of 5 before I got married.  I always get the “Le Grande Classique” facial which is a deep cleansing & nourishing facial that leaves your skin clean and radiant looking.  They also steam your skin and do an extraction (removal of blackheads) so my skin always feels brand new afterwards!  I have never got any other type of facial, as this is just what works for me.

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I have mine done in my local salon and it’s such a relaxing treatment that I always look forward to it.  The products are made with natural botanicals and the smells are just amazing so you feel like your having an aromatherapy facial and it really relaxes you.  I always buy my favourite exfoliator (Gommage 303) which helps to make the effects of the facial last that little bit longer.

Last year I went with my friends to The Rainforest Spa in Wicklow and had a Yonka facial which was just amazing due to the beautiful surroundings, you can read all about that here.

I’d love to know what your favourite beauty treatment is so let me know below and if you want to find more, just search the hashtag #BOBBlogChallenge on Facebook & Twitter. Also check out Sam’s blog at All The Buzz

See you next week for more Best of Beauty :-) xx

Advanced Anti-Ageing Facial at Suite 7, Dublin

Recently, I had the pleasure of being invited to try a new Anti-Ageing facial from Suite 7 which is a new Cosmetic Clinic in Herbert Avenue Dublin 4 (right beside St. Vincent’s Private Hospital).  Specialising in non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Glygolic Peels, Botox, Dermal Fillers and Laser Hair Removal, Suite 7 seems to have everything needed to refresh your complexion and have you looking amazing.

Suite 7

Suite 7

I tried the The Dermaceutic Milk Peel which apparently is “ideal for early signs of sun damage, age spots, dilated pores, unbalanced texture, dryness and fine lines. This Glycolic Peel is also highly recommended for oily skin or acne-prone skin. The Dermaceutic Milk Peel has also been used for reduction of wrinkles, dull complexion, stimulation of the epidermal, oil regulation, spot treatment and an overall smoother effect for softer skin which will give your skin and your face a more youthful appearance”.

I met with Clinic Director Mary-Kay Sheehy and she talked me though the various treatments that were offered there (more on that later).  She led me into a small room and I hopped up on the treatment table while she applied a special foaming cleaner to my skin.  This cleanser had some glycolic ingredients which helped to remove dead skin cells and thouroughly cleanse skin before the application of the mask.

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Once that was done, she applied the peel with a small fan brush directly to my face and told me that it may sting and my skin might feel hot, but that was all perfectly normal.  It certainly did tingle and I could really feel it working on my skin but Mary-Kay fanned my face to ease the discomfort and it was literally only on my skin for a few seconds before she removed it with wet sponges, so it really wasn’t too bad at all.  Mary-Kay explained that this peel removes a couple of layers of your surface skin cells revealing bright new skin underneath and leaving you lookin radiant.  She gave me a small sample of cream to apply every hour to my skin and told me it would feel a bit sensitive for a while and not to expose it to the sun, so using a sunblock is very important after this.

Before & after

You can see in the before and after pictures above that my skin was very red & shiny afterwards but I can assure you that it went down after a few hours and any redness lasted only a couple of days and was easily covered with makeup.  After those few days my skin looked and felt AMAZING!  It was so soft and seemed to clear a bit of a break out I was having on my chin area so I was delighted with that.  My makeup glided on smoothly, lines and wrinkles looked less visable and I just looked radiant so I’d really recommend it especially a few days before a big event.  This peel costs €100 so it’s not cheap but well worth it and more effective than a facial in a fraction of the time so if you’re treating yourself you woudn’t regret it when you see the results.

Afterwards - Glowing Skin

Afterwards – Glowing Skin

As I said, Suite 7 also offer other treatments to combat the signs of ageing such as Botox and Fillers.  This is not for everyone of course but I know from speaking to some of my makeup clients that women are more concerned with ageing now than they ever were and those women are prepared to do what they can to make themselves look and feel as good as possible.  Of course you see adds on the TV for clinics claiming all sorts when it comes to these treatments but if you delve a bit deeper, you’ll find that the only thing that qualifies them to administer such treatments as Botox etc. is a one day workshop and a white coat!  All I would say is that if you do decide to go down this route, make sure it’s with an experienced licenced practitioner.

Suite 7 is run by very experienced staff and headed up by Mr Colin Morrison MSc (Hons) FRCSI (Plast).  Mr Morrison is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and St. Vincent’s Private Hospital in Dublin. He was educated at Trinity College and has a weatlh of experience so you know that if you have your treatments here, you are in good hands and this is so important.  Especially when you hear the horror stories associated with botox and dermal fillers.  I can’t say it’s something I’ve considered myself (my fear of needles is too great!) but if I did, I know I would want to be in good experienced hands and this is certainly the case at Suite 7.  The costs for these procedures are very reasonable also, check out their website for more details.

What do you think?  Would you consider having this done?