Thursday, 28 November 2013

November Favourites!

Here we are again, the end of another month! Am I the only one that feels like time is going way too fast and it should just slow down a biteen? I mean this time 4 weeks Christmas will have been and gone!
This month I'm back with another quick round up of things I've been loving and reaching for on most days.. So here we go!!

So there isn't really a whole lot of favourites this month, as generally I just keep reaching for the same thing over and over until it runs out and my hand is forced to try something else! 

Benefit The Porefessional: I did a brief post on this earlier this week, and I won't dwell on it again too much, but I can't believe how good this stuff is! It minimises the overly large pores on my nose instantly, and it has a really soft and smooth texture that you wouldn't even know you're putting it on your face! 

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara: I have mentioned before that I'm not really that fussy on mascara, mainly because to me mascara is much of a muchness. But for some reason this one is a game changer for me! I got it in one of the sets Soap And Glory released at Christmas time last year, and finally I got around to using it, and so far I'm loving it! It just seems to coat my lashes really well, without getting excess mascara all over my face or in my eye, and it doesn't clump up either! 

Superdrug Face Masks: I picked up some of these little face mask sachets a few months back when I was in Birmingham for my cousins wedding, and I absolutely loved them! So much so when I ran out, I got my brother to pick me up some in Superdrug in Preston before he came home from college for the Summer! There's something for everyone in the range, depending on what type of skin you have. The two I've pictured here are the deep cleansing mask, and the berry exfoliating mask, but recently I've used up the yogurt smoothie mask for dry skin, and my skin is so soft after using it! 

Roger and Gallet Cedrat Fragrance: Roger and Gallet do some absolutely gorgeous fragrances, and if you haven't checked them out by now you seriously should! This particular Cedrat fragrance is not your typically citrus cent, as it has a slight musk to it also, which in my opinion makes it easy to wear in either Summer or Winter! 

Nivea Lip Butter: I'm kind of cheating with these, considering I only bought it like a week ago! But after using them I couldn't but mention them! They smell divine, which isn't really important when talking about a lip butter, but it helps doesn't it? But the formula of these is just as nice, as its so soft and supple on the lips, and it contains shea butter among many other ingredients to keep the dry lips that the dreaded Winter brings at bay! 

MUA Undress Me Too Palette: For such a long time I was dead set against trying the Naked Palettes from Urban Decay, mainly because of the price, (that has changed since seeing pictures and swatches of Naked 3, I need/want/must have that Palette). Then I found out that UK brand MUA had probably the most close dupes to the Naked Palettes, so I gave them a go, and I'm so so glad I did! This is the dupe for the Naked 2 palette, but I've been reaching for this every single morning this month without fail, because the colours in it are practical for every day wear, but at the same time could create a perfect smokey eye for a night out! 

Yankee Candle Wax Tarts: Ok this one is a bit random, but over the last few months I've developed a bit of an obsession with these little guys! When I'm getting ready for work or bed, I light my burner by my bed and melt which ever tart I fancy at the time, and the smell just fills up the room! They are so handy if you're not really into candles, because these pack just as much of a punch as the large jars from Yankee Candles do. I'm currently burning a vanilla scented one, (can't remember the exact name), but I'm dying to light Merry Marshmallow and Fireside Treats! 

So that's it for this month ladies! Not much in it, but as I said, I've generally been reaching for the same things time and time again so I don't want to bore you all! 
What have you been loving for November? 

Thanks for reading, 
Alisha xxx

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Winter Essentials: Lip Balm

Hey lovelies!
So the Winter weather has really set in over the last few weeks, and the temperatures have taken a serious dip!
Which is why when the seasons change, we must change our routine to suit, as skin tends to dry out a lot easier when the cold weather sets in, well at least it does for me anyway!
I've decided for the next couple of week's to do a weekly blog post on some of the essentials we should all have in our beauty regime to make sure we're all at our best for the festive season!
And first up its.... Lip Balms!
A lot of people tend to suffer the dreaded dry lip syndrome at this time of year, and for some it may not be a huge issue, but for others its very uncomfortable and irritating, as lips can often be so dry and chapped that they tend to bleed!
Today I thought I'd show you the Lip Balms that I have in my handbag at the moment, (yes all of them are in my handbag together, don't judge me), and also some other lip balms that have had rave reviews that may be worth checking out!


So first up we have Carmex which is in the mint scent. This is in my handbag, but I can't honestly say I like it. Not because it doesn't work, because I have put it on my lips at night going to bed and my lips are noticeably softer in the morning, but because it tingles! Its like one of those plumping lip glosses that are available from Soap And Glory and the likes, but this to me is a lot worse! If you are a person that doesn't mind the tingling sensation, which I usually don't, then this is a good lip balm that also contains an SPF which is always good! Its in a squeezy tube which also allows you to control how much product you use which is great! I can't remember the exact price of this, but it was definitely less than 3 euro in Penneys!

The 2nd one up is a recent purchase, (2 days ago to be precise,) and boy do I like this one! This is one of those products that bloggers raved and raved about, and eventually it sucked me in! Its the Nivea Lip Butter, in Vanilla and Macadamia, and I seriously am in love with this stuff! First of all it smells divine, but most importantly it makes my lips feel so so soft! I cant find the exact ingredients but Nivea to me have always been advocates of gentle ingredients in their products and this lip balm is definitely gentle! The only downside to this for me is that the product itself goes on white, so you really have to apply with a lighthand, otherwise your lips will look a bit strange! If you fancy picking this up its on offer in Boots at the moment, 2 for 4.50! (I got the raspberry one as my second incase your
wondering)

Next up is a product that has a huge celebrity following, (Kim K is a firm fan apparently), and its the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Raspberry and Pomegranate. I just bought this for the novelty factor to be honest, its such a cool shape! Besides that though it is a really moisturising lip balm! It contains Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter which help to protect and condition your lips! It also contains Vitamin E, and is 100 percent natural and 95 percent organic! Its available for 6.95 on Cloud10Beauty, and if your not a fan of Raspberry and Pomegranate, there's a huge range of other scents available, Lemon and Strawberry are but a few!

Last but by no means least is my Molton Brown Lip Balm. This is the most heavy duty out of the lip balms I've mentioned so far, and its the one I turn to if my lips are in dire straights. Its a thicker formula then the others, and when applied to the lips its more of a matte finish, which is great if you have dry skin around your nose possibly and you use this as you won't be left with noticeable shine around the area. I am having extreme difficulty finding any information about this online as Google seems to have shut down on me, (thanks google,) but when I do find said info I shall add it in to this post! I did get this a few years ago as a present off my mother, and as its Molton Brown, which is a fairly posh brand, I'm sure this cost at least 10 euro anyway, but its possibly I'm wrong!

If none of these are tickling your fancy, or else you don't think they would be heavy duty enough for your thirsty lips then others that are getting great reviews are:

  • Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm: This product contains Acacia Honey and Shea Butter to nourish and repair dry lips, and also it contains no preservatives or artificial scent. It has a fairly thick texture, so this is one I'd imagine you'd use at night before bed, or else if you weren't venturing out of the house! Its available on Cloud10Beauty for 12.95!
  • La Roche Posay: There was one particular lip balm I was searching for from this particular brand, but I can't seem to find it, but all I can say is if your lips are in a really bad state then maybe try any of the ones from La Roche Posay, as they are very well known for the sensitive nature of their products.

That's it women! Hopefully  you'll have found something useful in this post, and if not, well I'll try harder next time! 

Thanks for reading guys, 
Alisha! 
xxx


Monday, 25 November 2013

Make Up Monday!

I know I say it every Monday but seriously, where are the weeks going? Tomorrow 4 weeks is Christmas Eve!! Madness!
So the product I've been loving this week is a new addition to my collection, and I just can't believe I haven't tried it before!
It is the infamous 'Porefessional' from Benefit, and its every bit as good as it has been made out to be!

Now I don't actually have this size YET, but I am definitely going to pick it up in the coming weeks!
Benefit claim that this primer 'quickly minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines for smoother than smooth skin'!
I had people raving about it for ages, and really had no interest in trying it, but then I was cleaning out my make up a few weeks back, and I came across a little sample size that I had gotten in a magazine! Woohoo! I've been using it for the last week, and the first thing I've noticed is for such a small sample its lasting ages! I definitely have another weeks use out of it!
Its a really light silky tinted primer, but it goes on to the skin transculent. The first place I used it was my nose, because I have serious Rudolph issues with redness, and also the pores on my nose are huge, like its ridiculous!
Now it took away the redness for sure, and although I could still see them, they definitely weren't as noticeable as they were before!
I actually noticed that this made my make up look a lot more flawless than it had with previous primers, but I don't think it helped it stay on any longer, but I really wouldn't worry about that unless I was going out or something!
I've been in two minds over whether to purchase the full size or not, but I do think more than likely it will happen, as I've never been as taken with a product after one go as I have been with this!

The POREfessional costs 34.00 for 22ml, but its currently on offer on Debenham's website for 30.60, so if you want a bit of a saving then pop on over!

Thanks for reading,
Alisha xxx

Thursday, 21 November 2013

My Sleek Blush Collection!

Sleek is a drugstore brand in the UK that is raved about for having amazing quality products, at fantastically low prices. The most raved about products of there's is without a doubt, (in my opinion), the blushes.
Everyone and their mother in the blogging world can't get enough of them, and its not difficult to see why.
Now its not a brand that we'll walk into Boot's here in Ireland and find, boo... It is available in Superdrug in the UK, so for those of you on the east coast of our fair emerald isle, you may be able to get your paws on it.
However there's no need to fear because Cloud10Beauty have saved the day for us and have a range of Sleek's most popular products on the website! Yay!!
So onto my collection.... Which has expanded quite quickly over the past few months... oops!!

So altogether I have 5, and each blush contains 8grams of product, which isn't bad considering the price!



First up are the shades Coral and Pixie Pink. I bought Coral under the illusion that it would be just that, a coral blush, but as you can see its not coral, nor does it resemble coral in the slightest. As a matter of fact I  think its a bronzer, or at least that's what I'm going to be using it for anyway! Pixie Pink was a shade that I found it impossible to get my hands on. Any time I went to buy it online it was sold out!

You can see why though, its a bright bubblegum really girly pink! One thing with these blushes is that they are really pigmented, so a little does go a long way with these, especially the brighter colours. (I learned that the hard way). Pixie Pink to me is more of a Summer colour, but make up is supposed to be fun and there's no rules so go crazy!! ;)




Next up is Rose Gold and Flushed. Both of which I'm using fairly regularly since we hit September. Have a look at Rose Gold..... Does it remind you of any other blush? Of the high end variety?? No? Well this is a dupe for the infamous Nars Orgasm. I don't own it but after watching numerous YouTube video's and reading various blogs I sure can see the similarities! Rose Gold is a beautiful peach toned blush with very fine gold glitter throughout, so it works as both a highlighter and a blush all in one!! Flushed is a deep red/berry toned colour, which is great for the berry trend gracing the catwalks this season. Rose Gold doesn't come up great in the swatches again, but you can see how pretty Flushed is!



Lastly is my most recent purchase, Antique. Its part of the Vintage Romance collection that Sleek have recently released, and it is gorgeous! In the pan it doesn't look much, in fact when I saw it first I was slightly disappointed because it wasn't what I was expecting at all, but when I put it on, wow was I wrong! Its a mauve/brown toned blush, again with very fine glitter particles throughout, but when it's on it just gives the nicest glow to the skin! Its very natural looking so this teamed with a bright lip or smokey eye is a great look for the party season!



 So at the moment this is my collection of Sleek individual blushes. They also do a blush trio which I also have two of (shame on me), and I will show you those at a later date, possibly along with the eyeshadow palettes, which again are great quality and a great price!
If you haven't tried out any of the products and are looking to try some the blushes are a great place to start as they are so inexpensive, not that any of Sleek's products are. Other well known products are the Face Form, which contain a bronzer, highlighter and blusher all in one palette, so that would be a great way to try out three products all at once.

Sleek products are available HERE at Cloud10Beauty,
Thanks for reading,
Alisha
xxx

Nails Of The Week!

So I have to apologise first of all, because I have gotten very lacksy daisy with painting my nails. I don't know what it is but some weeks I'm mad to change them up a bit, and then others I'm just happy to let them chip away... Bold me!!
This week however I'm back with a bang, and with a trusty favourite that I've had in my collection for years at that!
Its another from the Rimmel 60 Second Collection in the colour 'Grey Matter'. Seriously, if you haven't tried these polishes, you must! The formula is fantastic!
Anyway, this polish is a light grey colour, which is perfect for this time of year, especially if you want something fairly neutral but don't want your typical nude colours.
In the bottle it does look a light grey, but with this you need two coats to make it opaque, and with two coats it does translate to a slightly darker colour, but I wouldn't mind that! ;)
What nail colours are you lovely ladies rocking this week?

Thanks for reading,
Alisha xxx

Monday, 18 November 2013

Make Up Monday!

Can you believe it! Another week over, and its another Monday.... :( However it does mean it is time for another Make Up Monday!! :) Woohoo!
If you don't know what in the slightest I'm talking about, I've decided to do a little series talking about my favourite item of the previous week. This week I'm including two, but they've been used together as a couple so to speak, and let me tell ye, I'm loving the combination!

The product's I'm speaking of are..... My Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, and my Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation!

I got these pictures from www.boots.ie, they are blurry but I couldn't possibly show you my own personal ones because they are so beaten up and dirty!

But these work amazingly well together its amazing! 
I've been using the Healthy Mix since the Summer time, but put it away because for some reason it always looked slightly streaky on my nose. I don't know why exactly this is, I do have rather large noticeable pores on my nose so it could be to do with that. But last week I decided I'd get it back out again, and rather than use a brush I dampened my miracle complexion sponge a bit and gave it a go! 

I was instantly surprised with the finished look of my make up, it just looks so flawless, like I don't have any make up on at all! 
The sponge is great because it has a wider side, and then a pointed side which is great for getting in around the nose, and I also use it for blending in my concealer for blemishes and under eyes! 

The Healthy Mix foundation is available in Boots for 14.99 and the Miracle Complexion Sponge is only 5.89 also in Boots.

What have you been loving this week? 
Thanks for reading, 
Alisha xxx

Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Sweater Tag!

Sometimes its nice to do a different type of post, rather than the regular haul or review etc, so I decided for today's post I'd do another tag one!
This one is called 'the sweater tag' and it originated on YouTube, so if I find the original video of the girl that started it, I shall pop it in at the bottom of the post.
Its basically all about the autumn/winter months, hence the name, so lets not waste any more time chinwagging lets get to it! :)

1. Favourite candle scent? 
Any Yankee Candle scent! Seriously, they taste good enough to eat! At this time of year, any of the warmer spicier scents, like Cinnamon Stick, or Fireside Treats is another yummy one! 

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Tea all the way! I would drink maybe 2/3 cups a day, but I'm trying to make at least one of those a herbal tea..... But it just doesn't taste the same!


3. What's the best fall memory you have?
Hmmmm..... I don't have any particular memories as such, bar those of Halloween when I was a child, and myself and my brother and all our cousins used to dress up in a bin liner, and a cheap mask and head trick or treating, and we would then head to my grandparents house where my grandfather would have a basin set up for 'ducking' and an apple tied to the ceiling, they were fun times! :) 


4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? 
Dark Lips all the way! I'm not very good at applying lipstick though, but I make a better job of it than I do with eyeliner, that's for sure! 


5. Best fragrance for fall?
I'm the kind of person that doesn't care what time of year it is when it comes to perfume, if I like a perfume I'll wear it and that's that, no matter if its January or June! Currently I'm wearing a fragrance from L'Occitane called Magnolia and Mure, and its a very deep berry scent, so I suppose it is appropriate for this time of year!

6. Favourite Thanksgiving food? 
Well we don't do Thanksgiving here in Ireland, but for Christmas I would say it has to be the turkey!

7. What is autumn weather like where you live?
Wet, wet and more wet. I live in Ireland so its constantly raining! :( However we do get the odd nice day where its sunny, but really cold so its a nice crisp day where you can see your breath, I love those kind of days! 


8. Most worn sweater? 
Don't really have one in particular, I usually layer up when it gets to this kind of year! 

9. Must-have nail polish this fall? 
I don't know why, but I'm on the hunt for a nice rose gold polish, so if anyone knows any good ones then feel free to let me know! :)


10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
Football games, leaf piles in Ireland tend to me mucky and all stuck together!! 


11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
Skinny Jeans, I despise people wearing leggings as proper pants! Fine if you wear a long top with them, but do we really need to see your camel toe?? 


12. Combat boots or Uggs? 
Don't own either of these.... But I would say Combat boots.... 


13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? 
Never tried pumpkin spice, in fact I've never tried pumpkin! Going to Dublin in a few weeks, so I may just have to head to Starbucks!! :)

14. Favourite fall TV show? 
Fall TV shows?? I don't know any fall TV shows.. My favourite TV show by far is The Big Bang Theory! 


15. What songs really gets you into the fall spirit?
Usually Christmas songs would get me in the fall/Xmas mood.. But this year I'm not particularly bothered about Xmas...

So that's my take on The Sweater Tag!
Thanks for reading guys,
Alisha xxx

Friday, 15 November 2013

MUA 'Luxe' Power Brow

I have never understood the fuss behind eyebrows, and 'HD' brows. Now maybe its just because a number of people that I see on an everyday basis have done there eyebrows themselves, and they look absolutely ridiculous, like two caterpillars stuck on to their face! Mean but true. In recent months I've noticed that my eyebrows have become a bit sparse, it looks like I've possibly over plucked my eyebrows, a lot! 
Which is why when I saw this new release from MUA, one of my favourite brands as you may know already, I just had to give it a go! 
Its the Power Brow, which is part of the new LUXE collection MUA have released recently, (check of the Velvet Lip's, they look gorge!)
So the packaging is a bit more fancy than a lot of the other MUA products, but I suppose considering this is part of a more luxurious range, that would be why. Its great that they even give you instructions on how to get the perfect eyebrows and everything!

The product itself is contained in what looks like it could be a liquid eyeliner, but its a sturdy pen which contains the brow pencil on one side, and a brow highlighter on the other. 
Ignore fluffy pj's in background.... Ahem!! This is the brow pencil part, although it has a softer texture than a pencil... Its more like a powder in a pencil form, if that makes sense! I got the colour fair, which is probably a bit too light for my eyebrows, but seen as I only fill in the gaps that are obvious, I get away with it. 

This is the highlighter side. Sometimes with a duo product like this, the highlighter may not be great, but I actually like this one! I also saw Miss Budget Beauty say recently she used it as a face highlighter too, so I may have to give that a go!

Overall, I have to say I really like this product! I hate the idea of my eyebrows looking ridiculously drawn on, but with this product, that doesn't happen. 
I literally just use light strokes just to fill in the parts of my brows that I think look a bit sparse and I really like how full looking it makes them! 
The even better news about this product is that it only costs 3 pounds! Imagine!
Its available on the MUA website HERE

What do you lovely folks use to do your brows?
Thanks for reading, 
Alisha xxx

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

High End Christmas Beauty Gift Guide,

So that season is quickly creeping up on us, and no matter how much I give out and rant about it being too early for decorations and ads on TV and what not, it doesn't matter, its still going to happen!
The worst thing for me is trying to decide what to get for people, and although I'm keeping it strictly to family and the boyfriend this year, its still a pain!
So for those of you out there that are in the same dilemma as me and are unsure what to get some of the people in your life, I thought I'd compile a little gift guide for the women in your life!
I figured I'd start at the more expensive side of the spectrum, and work down to the less expensive side, which I think is a place a lot of people are looking to these days, which is no harm at all!
But for those people who do like to spoil their significant others at Christmas, here are some of my top picks! The bits and pieces I've chosen are all available on Brown Thomas' website, and if you don't like what I've chosen there are lots of other lovely bits there for you to peruse at your leisure!





My attempts at 'Paint' weren't too great.. .But any who here's what I picked!

Mac Nocturnals Lip Gloss in Nude: I'm amazed at the price of these... So much so that I considered not putting in to this post, 35.00 for 4 of Mac's well known Lip Glasses, to me that's a bargain! This same set also comes's in a Coral/Red collection, or else a Pink set, so there's something for everyone!
If this isn't your cup of tea, Mac have some other great collections out so they may be worth a look instead!

Diptyque Roses Scented Candle: I've seen beauty bloggers across the globe rave about these, and sometimes there's nothing nicer than a nice luxuriously scented candle to relax you after a hard day's work. For someone that  enjoys a relaxing bath or two, these would be ideal, obviously more scents are available but I just chose this one because I didn't know what the other scents were... Shameful! This full size candle is 50.00

Joe Malone Pomegranate Noir Collection: Joe Malone is one of those labels that I look at online and in Brown Thomas and nearly let the items fall in shock at the price, its just a really luxurious label with amazing quality products. Especially the candles! The set pictured here is made up of three items from the Pomegranate Noir line, the Pomegranate Noir Cologne, a hand and body wash, and a body creme.
Its 80.00 for the set which is great value, considering  the 30ml cologne which you get in this set is 48.00 alone! It also comes in a gorgeous little gift box, which makes it even feel more luxurious!

Clarisonic & Lancome Gift Set: If you have someone in your life that loves skincare, and really looks after skin then perhaps this set from Clarisonic and Lancome is one you should look into. The set contains the infamous Clarisonic 'Mia 2' and Lancome's Visionnaire, as well as Gel Eclat Clarifying Cleanser. Its 149.00 for the lot which is not bad at all at all!

Tom Forde Jasmine Rouge Lip Colour In Fatal: Tom Forde Lipsticks are the lipsticks of all lipsticks, they're little pieces of coloured luxury in a bullet. Full Stop. The black and gold packaging just makes it even more amazing! Why not treat somebody to this red colour so they'll really stand out on Christmas Day! 46.00 is the price, but she'll love you forever if she opens this on Christmas Day!

Kilian Jeweled Clutch Back to Black, Aphrodisac 50ml: This is something I'd never heard of before, but I just had to put it in when I saw it! This clutch is encrusted with real crystals and is adorned with the Chinese symbol of longevity! The clutch itself is amazing, and I'd love to even get the clutch never mind the scent, but it does come with a 50ml bottle of Back to Black, which does sound like it would be a very heavy musky scent... Its not the cheapest at 195.00 though!

So they are just some of my picks!
My next Christmas post will probably be on more drugstore products, which will be a lot more affordable for all of you, hopefully!
Thanks for reading,
Alisha xxx

Pictures are property of www.brownthomas.ie 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Make Up Monday!

I mentioned in a previous blog post that I was looking to do more 'series' type post's, so over the weeks I've come up with a few.
For Mondays post I've decided that it'll be dedicated to the product that I had been loving for the previous week. Its not going to be an in depth review or anything like that, but just a quick shout out to a much loved product!
So on to the product itself.... And for this week my favourite product used was definitely my Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie.
The Revlon Lip Butter's are raved about by every beauty blogger from here to the other side of the world. They're just one of those things that everybody loves! A lip product with the moisturisation and hydration of a lip balm, but with all the pigment of a lipstick!
For the season that's in it, I'm trying to get into darker more berry toned colours, which is why I've been wearing this particular shade for the week! It can be worn lightly for a quick wash of colour, or it can be built up to a more intense colour, which ever you prefer!
The Revlon Lip Butters are 11.20 HERE and are on 3 for 2 at the moment, go on treat yourself! ;)
Thanks for reading,
Alisha xxx


Friday, 8 November 2013

Boots Star Gift

I think these posts are fast becoming my favourite, because every Thursday I look forward with anticipation to see what amazing gift set Boots have for us!
This week again they give us another great product for a fantastic prize, this time in the form of skincare.
Enter Champney's Complete Home Spa!

For anyone that's not aware, Champney's is actually a spa in the UK, well its a range of spa's really in different countryside locations across the country. I didn't know until last year that they actually sold there range in Boots, but I guess you learn something new every day!
Anyway, this particular set is made up of 7 spa quality products, so everyday for us can be a spa day, but from the comfort of our own homes.
It contains:

  • Distant Shores Body Scrub: (50g)
  • Citrus Blush Shower Gel:    (200ml)
  • Citrus Blush Body Lotion:   (200ml)
  • Skin Comforting Bath Milk: (300ml)
  • Distant Shores Body Butter: (50ml)
  • Hand And Nail Cream:        (40ml:
  • Body Polisher
It comes in a hard case which can be easily wiped clean, good news all round!
The price of course has to be the best part! Down from 64.50 to 30.00! 
For the quality of these products, this is an absolute bargain, and would make an ideal present for a mother, or mother in law, or even just yourself! (I tend to self gift a lot)

So if your after this you better hurry because it's only there for a week, although I think this one may sell out before that!

Thanks for reading, 
Alisha 
xxx

Picture used from www.boots.ie

Nails of the Week

Over the last week while I've been on holidays from work I've been trying to come up with some new ideas for the blog. I've had it in my mind to do some sort of a series for a while, but I couldn't figure out exactly what. Until now!
A majority of my post's seem to be quite long and somewhat descriptive, so I wanted something short and snappy that wouldn't bore everybody!
So that's where the 'Nails Of the Week' posts come in!
 A weekly account of what nail polish is on my fingernails for the week and what I think!
So this week I'm wearing....

Green With Envy by Rimmel! Its one of the infamous 60 seconds quick drying range, and I think its one of the best nail polish formula's I've tried! The short, wide brush, makes it super easy to apply, and it really does dry in an instant!
This particular colour is a lovely metallic green colour, which was more or less opaque in just one coat. I however did two coats just to be sure! The formula of these is great, and usually on there own they last a few days anyway, but I put this on Monday with an OPI topcoat and its lasted me till now with one or two tiny chips!
This particular formula from Rimmel is priced at 5.49, so its fairly reasonable for such a good product!

What's on your nails this weeks?
Thanks for reading,
Alisha
xxx


Suddenly 'Diamonds'

Everyone went crazy this time last year when Lidl surprised us all with their perfume releases in the form of 'Suddenly Glamour' and the later addition of 'Suddenly Woman'. They could not be found in a Lidl store anywhere after beauty bloggers realised the similarities between these and the 'Chanel 'Coco and 'No 5 scents, and for a ridiculous price of 3.49 it was understandable that everyone wanted to try them out!
So imagine my excitement this morning when I went to Lidl to find a new addition to the Suddenly range.... Say hello to Suddenly 'diamonds'!

God damn this stupid laptop for some reason it won't let me rotate my photo's anymore! :(
But anyway, when I saw the name first, I initially thought it was going to be similar to Georgio Armani 'Diamonds', which is a perfume I don't have. But on smelling it I realised it was similar to something I already have! Even looking at the box I could see similarities in the packaging.... So off I came home to do some investigating! 
This ladies and gentlemen, is (in my opinion a dupe of Boss 'Orange', by obviously enough Hugo Boss. 
Apologies for the blurry picture, but I just had to show you how similar the packaging is. This picture is from boots.ie so if you want a closer look you can head on over there to see. 
It has the same white box, silver outline, and orange lines running through, and although not the same, the similarities to me anyway are quite obvious. 
But what about the smell you ask?
Well I'm yet to actually try Suddenly Diamonds as I only picked it up this morning, but after comparing the two scents, they are very similar, in fact I'd say if you were to do a blind test with these two, I would find it very hard to tell the difference between the two. 
I'm not very good with notes of perfume, but to me its a fresh but sweet scent, which you would easily get away with in Summer or Winter. 
Now with the previous perfume I've bought from Lidl, the lasting power isn't great, which for 3.49 you'd kind of expect! But for the price I don't mind having to reapply, and I doubt many other people will either.
The newest addition to the line comes in at a mere 3.99 for a 30ml bottle! How amazing is that?? Considering the Boss Orange is 44.00 euro for a 30ml! Madness! 

So what do ye think? Will ye pick it up and give it a go?
Thanks for reading,
Alisha xxx

Picture taken from www.boots.ie

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

In this day and age in the beauty world, everyone seems to be searching for 'the perfect foundation', and finding said foundation is no easy task! With a vast range of formula's for dry to oily skin, from radiant to matte, to light/medium coverage, its a tough job these days to buy foundation, especially if you don't have the budget for higher ended brands who tend to give samples. In the drugstore (when did I become American), its not that easy.

I have previously never been searching for the perfect foundation, I tended just to pick one and say 'it'll do', I wasn't bothered about coverage or the type of finish it gave, as long as it made me look half decent it did the job.

Until I discovered this beauty from Rimmel. This is the foundation I had been waiting for all my life, I just didn't realise it!

So what's so special about this foundation you might ask?? Well I'll tell you what!
One of Rimmel's newest releases, this foundation is a liquid mousse foundation which is lightweight, and offers control oil. Although I tend to have more dry to combination skin as opposed to oily, I decided to try it out anyway!

Colour wise, I went for the shade 100 Ivory, which is what I'd usually wear in any Rimmel foundation, and it does be a little bit dark, but I make it work with a lot of blending. However, this range comes with the welcome addition of a lighter shade 010 Light Porcelain, which I was actually given afterwards as a present from a family friend, but I havent tried that shade yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it matches my Casper the friendly ghost pale face!

The texture of this foundation is a mousse, and because of this a little amount goes a long long way, it took me a while to realise that I needed to use a lot less than I did when using a normal liquid foundation. A teeny tiny pea sized amount is enough to do my whole face, so less is more ladies!

I use this foundation  with either of my two favourite brushes, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and Expert Face Brush. Although if I had to pick just one to use it with I would probably say the Buffing brush, as it just seems to blend the product better, and it leaves a slightly better finish in my opinion.

As is quite obvious by the name of the product, it gives a matte finish, and on me it lasts well all day,  although I think if you're someone with oily skin, you may need to touch up a bit later on in the day with a little bit of powder.

All in all, I really am so impressed with this product. I've been using it non stop since I bought it, up until this week, because I'm holidays from work I figured I'd use a little bit less make up and so I'm just using BB creams for the week instead.

For the Winter I think this is a great foundation, as I think the matte affect works much better in the current season than it does in perhaps the Summer.  I wore this recently on a night out with a red lip and a neutral enough eye and it looked great!
If you're someone who wants a full coverage foundation but doesn't like the idea of matte, then this could just as easily work for you too, just maybe add a bit of a highlighter to give it more a dewy finish.
For anyone wondering about how easily it comes off, I use my L'oreal Miscellar Water first to remove the bulk of it first, and then I use my No 7 to cleanse properly. But it comes off fairly easily!

Its a great price at only 7.99 from Boots, and most pharmacies around the country, and  if you're stuck in a rut with your foundation I think for that price its definitely worth a go!
I've had numerous compliments from people while wearing this foundation, and that has never happened to me before, so for that I'm giving it two thumbs up!

Have you tried this foundation already?
If so what do you think?

Thanks for reading,
Alisha xxx

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

This or That Tag!!

I've been waiting for ages to a tag post, but the right one never came up.. Until I happened across this one on totalmakeupaddict's blog.
So I'll get cracking at the This or That tag shall I? Its nothing too complicated, just exactly what it says on the tin!!

Makeup
Blush or Bronzer?
Definitely blush. I'm a pale skinned, redhaired Irish cailin, so no matter what bronzer I've tried, it always seems to just look orange and not right on me. So I tend to stick with blushes, and just mix up the colour that I wear depending on the season! At the moment I'm loving deep mauvey toned blushes.
Lipgloss or Lipstick?
Hmmmm.... That is a toughie... If I was asked that question back in the spring or early summer I would probably have said lipgloss, as I didn't really have any lipsticks in my collection. But since then it has grown a fair bit, and I've amassed quite a few lipsticks from different drugstore brands. So I think for now I would probably have to go with lipsticks. 
Eyeliner or Mascara?
Mascara for sure. I do use eyeliner, but only for nights out or during the day the odd time if I fancy something a bit different. My eyelashes are very fair so I really need mascara, even on a day if I wasn't using any other make up I'd still put on mascara.
Foundation or Concealer?
I use both on a daily basis, but thankfully I don't have a huge problems with spots and blemishes, so if I had to I'd be able to do ok with just foundation. The one I'm using at the moment, Rimmel Stay Matte is pretty full coverage anyway. :D
Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow?
What are coloured eyeshadows?? I'm terrible, but nearly my whole eyeshadow collection is made up of neutrals. There's nothing better than a neutral eye teamed with a bright lip in my opinion!  I am trying to embrace deeper colours such as burgundy and deep greens for the winter season though! 
Pressed or loose eyeshadows?  I do have a couple of pigments in my collection, and I think they're great if you want to create a more intense eye look for a night out or something, but for every day its pressed all the way. Much easier if like me you don't give yourself a lot of time in the morning to get ready!
Nails
OPI or China Glaze?  The only thing I have from either of these labels is an OPI top coat. And although it does make the polish last a few days longer, its a pain to dry! Even after doing your nail polish really carefully and letting it dry, if after applying the top coat you happen to smudge one it makes a mess of the already dry nail polish!! Grrr... Very annoying!!
Long or Short Nails? Most of the time mine are short. They do grow fairly well, so I'm lucky in that sense, but I just have more comfortable when I have them kept short. At least there less likely to break! 
Acrylic or Natural?
Natural. I'm yet to try Shellac or gel nails even!! I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing! 
Bright or Dark?
A bit of both! I have a huge nail polish collection, so depending on the mood I'm in your liable to see me with any colour nail polish on my nails!
Flower or no flower?
Well I'm not very good at nail art, so I think no flower. The less complicated the better! . 
Body
Perfume or Body Spray? Definitely perfume. I have a huge perfume collection made up of mostly sweet scents. I don't think I even own a body spray! 
Lotion or Body Butter?
Very recently I've become a bit obsessive about body butters. I went into Boots during the summer and stocked up while there was an offer on their own brand. But on the other hand I have lotions from Soap And Glory that I also use on a regular basis. So I think it has to be both!
Body Wash or Soap?
Its always some sort of body wash. I did pick up a soap when in the UK from Lush, and although it smells gorgeous, its impossible to use because it just slips and slides all over the shower! 
LUSH or Other bath companies?
I don't live anywhere near a LUSH unfortunately... But anytime I'm in Dublin or the UK I always have a look in a store. They do have a great selection, but I think my all time favourite label, although I don't know if they're a bath company as such, is Soap And Glory!  They have such a selection of products and different scents, (Sugar Crush is divine, trust me), and most of the time they're on offer in Boots, whoo!!
Fashion
Jeans or Sweat Pants?
Jeans most of the time, but at the moment I'm in trackies and a big hoody! You can't beat a bit of comfort sometimes! 
Long or short sleeves?
Long sleeves but it's a bit of a waste of time really because I have my sleeves rolled up, so it kind of defeats the purpose! 
Dresses or skirts?
I wear a bit of both. For work and stuff I find dresses easier because I can just throw a cardigan on over them to keep warm, but if I'm going out I'd definitely wear a skirt! 
Stripes or Plaid?
I don't wear much of either, but I suppose at a push I'd say stripes!  
Flip Flops or Sandals?
Flip Flops all the way!. Although maybe not in the depths of Winter! 
Scarves or hats?
Scarves, scarves and more scarves! Its actually ridiculous the amount I own! I continuously complain about being cold but would never dream of wearing a hat!
Studs or dangly earrings?
Studs. I have one pair that are never out of my ears. Silver and they're made up of all little diamonds... A present from myself, to myself! 
Necklaces or Bracelets?
Both but seen as its Winter I'm always wearing scarves so I don't tend to wear the necklaces unless I'm going out! 
Jackets or Hoodies?
Hmmm... Usually jackets, but today I'm wearing a hoody! 
Hair
Curly or Straight? My hair is always curly so I guess I'll have to say curly. The very very odd occasion I straighten, maybe once a year, if even!
Bun or ponytail? A bun for sure... Its just so easy with the donuts! 
Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips?
Bobby pins- But yet when I want one I can never, ever, find one!! 
Long or Short hair?
Long, my hair as always been relatively long, and although its not as long as it previous has been I'm happy with the way it is now because if I choose to, there is a lot I can do with it. 
Light or dark?
I don't know really. I am a redhead of sorts, and depending on if my hair is highlighted, it can go various shades of blonde in the summer, and it tends to be darker in the winter. But I think I prefer it when its lighter!  
Side sweep or Full on bangs (fringe)?
I had a full fringe a few years ago at school, and my mother hated it. It was impossible to keep because of my curly hair, and I also had a cow's lick, so no matter how hard I tried, it never stayed down! So probably a side sweep. 
Up or Down?
Its up most of the time really! I do try to leave it down though if I'm going out. 
Random
Rain or Shine?
Why would anyone say rain? We get too much of it in this country, so definitely shine! Nothing beats a nice crisp sunny winters day in my book! 
Summer or Winter?
Summer for sure! Sunshine, sitting in the garden enjoying a nice crisp drink... Yummy! 
Autumn or Spring?
I love Autumn, and being able to get out all my boots and scarves and warmer clothes!! 
Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate is my all time favourite weakness. Any kind will do, except Turkish Delight! Hate that stuff!! 
So that's it for my first tag post! Hope you enjoyed it, 
Thanks for reading,
Alisha! xxx







Hask Keratin Protein Shampoo and Conditioner Review.

For some reason, haircare is something I've never gotten into. Perhaps its due to all the plaiting of my hair my mother did in my schooldays, (my hair was down as far as my backside almost), or perhaps its just because deep down my true love is make up, and always will be. But the point is, haircare has never been a top priority of mine. I previously used to straighten and blow dry my hair a fair bit, but in recent years I've decided to embrace the curliness, and just let it dry naturally and sometimes add a bit of mousse and I'm good to go. Because my hair is so try however, I tend to have problems with it being really really dry and brittle, especially at the ends. I decided to give somethings a go, including the infamous Argan Oil, but nothing worked.

 On a whim in Penneys one day I decided to pick up this set of shampoo and conditioner from the 'Hask' brand, but in the Keratin Protein formula, as opposed to the Argan Oil formula, and I have never been as glad that I did!

These are a smoothing shampoo and conditioner, which to me would be aimed at people with dry and damaged hair. Now I  wouldn't say my hair is damaged as such because I very very rarely but heat on it, but it is definitely more dry than I'd like it to me. These products claim to soften and renew such hair, and are free of sulfates and parabens, artificial colours, and alchohol, which which is another added bonus!

The products contain an ingredient called 'Hydrolysed Keratin' which apparently reduces frizz and protects the hair from humidity, which we all know can often reek havoc on our locks!
I have never been as impressed with anything as quickly as I have been with this, I've only used them 3 times each so far, but I really know that I'm onto a winner with these! My hair feels completely different after using these, and I can't actually believe its my hair! 
It's so soft in comparison to what it used to be, and the ends are also so smooth compared to before. 
I definitely would recomend these beauties to anybody who has had problems with their hair like I have had. I'm not as sure how they'd work if your hair was really damaged from heat and what not, but I'd say they're worth a try at least! 

These were 4.50 per bottle in Penneys, which is a little bit steep for something from Penney's but it is well well worth it in my opinion! They also do treatment oils, and deep conditioners, and if they are anything as good these products, I may just have to try!

Thanks for reading, 
Alisha xxx

Monday, 4 November 2013

Lush Wishlist





Ah good old Lush. The only shop that I go into that gives me a pounding headache thanks to all the lovely goodies contained inside its 4 walls....Its not very often I get to visit a Lush shop because unfortunately there is none located in Galway, (Lush, sort this out), and its only when I'm either in Dublin or visiting my brother in the UK, that I get to go in and wander!
So if someone was to give me access to a Lush store right at this very moment, and a pocket full of cash to buy whatever I wanted, then here's what I would pick!

Let The Good Times Roll Face and Body Cleanser: I've heard Khila from Miss Budget Beauty rave about this and ever since I've been dying to try it. Its a cleanser, with possibly them most amazing ingredient in it..... Popcorn!!! Popcorn in a cleanser, imagine that! But anyway, this is a limited edition rolled cleanser that has been released for the Christmas season. Its made up of ingredients such as maize flower, polenta,cinnamon powder, and popcorn!! This is a cleanser that gently exfoliates the skin so it would be perfect for the party season, and the fact that it smells like caramel is only an added bonus! 


Snow Fairy: Another  Christmas product that has been raved about by bloggers all over the world that has peaked my interest. A bright pink shower gel  that apparently smells like sweets, what's not to like about this! I may have to ask my brother to bring me home some of this... Purely for research purposes of course! ;)


Golden Wonder Bath Bomb: I hadn't planned on this wishlist being all Christmas products... But that's just how its looking! Can you blame me though, look how pretty this is! It would actually be a shame to use this, but I guess leaving it sitting on the window would be a bit of a waste.. This is one of  the Lush bath bombs, which all have a surprise of some sort when you put them into the bath, usually in the form of some scents and colours, and sometimes even glitter! This particular one contains ingredients such as orange and cognac oil, and apparently turns the bath water all sorts of colours. I'm not one for baths, but this could be the thing that changes all of that!



Big Sea Salt Shampoo: A big trend this year in hair was volume, everyone wanted big hair! This shampoo from Lush aptly named 'Big' is packed full of coarse sea salt for volume, seaweed and coconut for softness, and lemon and limes for shine. It also contains fragrances such as neroli and vanilla so your hair actually won't smell like a big tub of salt, which can only be a good thing! 





Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask: A few years ago I got a really really bad dose of spots on my chin, which I tried and tried to get rid of and nothing worked. I was so self conscious of them I packed on the make up, which really didn't help matters. It was only until a trip up the north that I was given a sample of one of the fresh face masks (cosmetic warrior) in a Lush store that the pesky buggers finally cleared up! Now I only tend to get spots the very odd time, and if I was looking for a cleanser to keep my skin clear I'd be looking to try this particular mask. Packed full of blueberries, calamine powder, Irish moss gel, among many other ingredients, this is a mask that gives a good deep clean, and so keeping the pesky spots at bay!

I could've kept going with this post really, there's so much amazing stuff in the Lush store at the moment, but I figured I'd restrain myself! 

Thanks for reading,
Alisha xxx