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February Favourites

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Hey there my lovelies,

So today’s post is all about the things I have been loving all throughout February, yes I am totally aware we are half way through March, like where is the year gone?! But, you know what they say, better late than never!

  1. Skull Candy Hesh Paul Frank Headphones

I got these beauties as a birthday pressie from my lil bro and I LOVE them. I normally wear the usual in-ear headphones when listening to music on the bus to and from college, as I have never really found a comfortable pair of on-ear headphones, this is because I have a massive head, no seriously headphones just don’t fit!

But these babies are fantastic, the sound is just brilliant, they are almost cancel out noise, which is super handy when on the bus….But they’re also incredibly comfortable, and just look at that design, Paul Frank is known for the trademark monkey logo, but I just love the blue and red colour scheme. I feel so cool, ha ha! These were bought in TK Maxx and cost €36.99.

2. Kerastase Ciment Thermique

This was first introduced to me by a trainee hairdresser who did my highlights about 12 months ago, it is a leave in conditioning treatment that is used after washing & conditioning your hair and just before blow drying. This is part of the anti-breakage, anti-damage range from Kerastase, specifically for over coloured, over processed hair. It is supposed to protect against heat from styling, while repairing damaged hair. This stuff smells Ah-mazing!! It is heat activated and leaves my hair feeling silky soft!

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This can be bought in Peter Marks and other Kerastase Stockists, I think it costs about €35 but because you really only need a teeny amount the tube should last about a year, and I have really thick hair!

3. Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara and tinted primer.

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Now I’m no stranger to Benefits mascara, I have used it on and off for a few years and I have a kind of love/hate relationship with it. I love it as a mascara, this stuff is unreal, it has the plastic comb like brush that grabs every single lash giving them the right amount of length and volume. The mascara formula is the best I’ve ever used, it lasts all day on my lashes leaving them looking long and black, like false lashes. The only con I have with this is it is sooo hard to take off, use a makeup wipe and it will take half your lashes with you, however use something like coconut oil as your eye makeup remover and the mascara just melts off your face!

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Now the tinted lash primer has only been released recently, this again was a birthday present, and lets be honest I was very skeptical about this, I thought it was sold as a gimmick and my poor mother was conned into thinking that this mascara hybrid was the new kid on the block. However, I take back everything I thought about it because I was totally wrong. Now like the original mascara this has a plastic comb like wand however, this is much softer and more flexible than the mascara.

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This is basically a brown mascara, but it nourishes your lashes, it doesn’t feel heavy on and it doesn’t make your lashes hard or crispy like some mascaras. Now you could totally wear this on it’s own as a natural day look and it makes your lashes look lovely and long, but if you wear it under the original mascara, this is really where the magic really happens, the combination of the two makes your lashes look amazing, false lashes are not needed anymore ladies, take note! These can be bought in Boots Stores and any other department store and are €26 each.

4. Nyx Liquid Eyeliner

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Now I am a liquid liner fanatic, winged liner for me is my everyday makeup look, but I struggle to find an eyeliner that doesn’t smudge on me, at the end of the day my liner has printed a copy of itself on my eyelids. This annoys the heck out of me! I don’t know if I just have oily eyelids or something but nothing sticks. I bought the Nyx liner from a recommendation by “Faces by Grace”, this is an absolute bargain at only €7.99 from Sam McCauley chemists LTD, and once it dries in it lasts all day, I love it!

5. Avene Skincare

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By now you may have realized I am skincare obsessed! Having struggled with acne and sensitive skin I have had to pair back my skin regime to use very gentle products to clean my face. While I have managed to find a face wash, moisturizer is something I find difficult to wear, everything seems to burn or irritate my skin. The thing is with acne because you layer your skin with so much harsh chemicals to dry out and clear the spots you end up stripping your skins natural moisture causing an over production of oil which causes the dreaded spots. Vicious circle eh?!

A friend of my mom’s recommended the Avene skincare range and I picked it up on a whim. Avene is a french skinare brand which is hypo allergenic and fragrance free made from thermal spring water which is pledged to be suitable for sensitive skin. I chose a moisturizer and eye cream from the skin recovery range, this is for particularly irritable skin that needs to calmed and soothed, and so far so fantastic!! Both the moisturizer and eye cream are very creamy and rich in texture but it dries nice and quick which is perfect under makeup, it is very hydrating and soothes my skin. The moisturizer is €22 from Boots and the eye cream is €14. So far they’ve been worth every penny.

6. No. 7 Twist & Glow Cream Blush

I’m not generally a fan of cream blush, they frighten me and if I can’t apply it with a brush then it’s a big no no. I got this cream blush as part of a No.7 free gift at Christmas and I find myself reaching for it on a daily basis. This is more a cream to powder blush, you just rub it on your cheekbones and blend either with a dense brush or your fingers. I love this for a natural day look for college. It gives a beautiful subtle glow, unfortunately I have no idea what colour this is, but you can see from the pic above that it is a mixture between a coral and a dusky pink.

7. Daniel Wellington watch

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Last but certainly not least is this baby, my Daniel Wellington watch, I generally don’t do watches, I forget to wear them and end up relying on my good ole phone for the time, but not this time, see what I did there?!

I love this watch. It has swarovski crystals around the face instead of numbers and a black leather strap with gold details. It has a beautifully classic edge to it and has really become part of my everyday wardrobe.

So there you have it my lovelies, the things I have been loving all through February up until now. If you would like any specific reviews of any of my favourites please let me know. I hope you enjoyed it and talk soon!

Until Next Time,

Not So Dumb Blonde xxx

Barbara | 23 | Cork | Electrical Engineer | MSc in International Business & Marketing | Beauty Blogger |

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