I have decided to put together a collection of products I have been loving so much I have used them all up!
Kerastase Ciment Thermique
This is a heat protecting hair serum from Kerastase. It is a hair repairing balm which protects hair from heat styling and repairs hair that is over processed and over styled. I use this on towel dried hair just before straightening it. It reduces overall frizziness and makes my hair feel silky smooth. It also smells amazing!
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat
Everyone in the beauty industry freaked out when YSL changed their holy grail foundation formula and re-branded it as a full coverage foundation, but not me! This is my all time favourite base. It is light in formula and doesn’t feel too heavy on, but it is full coverage! It comes in a range of shades, both yellow based and pinky based, I wear the shade BD01, it is a little pricey at €42 a bottle, but it last ages!
It gives a gorgeous dewy glow while perfecting the skin and blurring any imperfections on the face. It lasts all day and due to the lack of SPF in it it is perfect for nights out and photographs as it has a no flash back. I am also completely in love with the gold YSL packaging! I buff this into the skin daily using the Real Techniques buffing brush! I bought this from Brown Thomas Cork but can be bought on YSL counters nationwide.
Lancome Mousse Eclat
I bought this on a whim when I needed a new facial cleanser. I prefer foam cleansers as I find them a little gentler on the skin. I was nervous about trying this out as I had never used the Lancome skincare range before but I loved it. It lasted ages as one pump of the foaming cleanser washed my whole face. It removed any scrape of makeup or dirt from it leaving my face feel squeaky clean. I will definitely be repurchasing!
Nuxe Precious Scented Shower Oil
I love this range from Nuxe, it literally smells like you have stepped into a spa. I got this shower gel as part of a free gift and I love it so much. I normally don’t have much of an affinity with shower gels but this one was different. It has the same scent as Nuxe’s cult classic multi-use oil and its oil infused formula leaves the skin feeling super soft. It also has gold flecks throughout the shower oil which gives your skin a beautiful glow, it’s gorgeous with a tan!
Lancome Advanced Genefique
I have been using this serum for a good while and I can seriously see what the hype is! It is a FANTASTIC product. Its youth activating concentrate promises younger-looking, radiant skin! Skin is immediately soothed and smoothed, soft to the touch while its anti-ageing properties plumps and nourishes the skin for an all over radiant glow! While it is expensive at €73 for a 30ml bottle this serum should last you a long time as you need only apply 3 drops of the serum across the face and neck!
Lancome Grandiose Liner
The latest innovation in liquid eyeliner comes from Lancome’s bendable brush. It adapts to everyone’s unique eye shape for easy application. It has an incredibly thin tip allows for a precise line and its highly pigmented formula gives a long lasting matte finish that dries in super quickly!
So there you have the products I have loved so much that I used up!
I wanted to put together a post of all my favourite bargain items. Most of these items are my go to holy grail beauty bits, and the best part? They are all under €10, trust me you are going to love these!
Catrice All Day Matt Foundation
I was sick of using my good foundation for work and college so I picked this baby up on a whim for only €6.49 on the Catrice stand. Now the consistency of this, in my opinion, is exactly like MAC Studio Fix Fluid, practically down to smell. It promises full coverage, long-lasting, matte coverage without drying out the skin. It is both full coverage and long-lasting, however I would say it gives a more demi-matte sheen to your complexion. It can be made dewy and lightweight if you mix in a little bit of highlight with it.
It’s also perfect for us oily/combination skinned girls as it is oil-free and it has no SPF in it so it can be worn on nights out without selfie flashback. It comes in 4 colours and I wear the lightest shade 010, for those of you MAC lovers that is NC15.
NYX Above & Beyond Concealer
I bought this in the new NYX stand in Boots on Half Moon Street in Cork City, and it has been love at first use! I use two different concealers in my everyday makeup looks, one to brighten up under my eyes and one to cover those pesky spots. Benefits BO-ING concealer has been my holy grail full coverage concealer since I was 13 but at €26.50 part of me dies a little inside each time I need to repurchase. This is an exact dupe for Benefits best-selling concealer, at only €7.75 in pharmacies nationwide it is an absolute steal!
It also ranges in multiple colours for different skin tones but can also be bought in green yellow and purple etc. depending on your skin correction needs!
Cien Mascara from Lidl
Makeup Look using only Lidl Cosmetics
New Lidl Mascara
During the summer Lidl released a makeup range, and let’s be honest I couldn’t help being a little sceptical, but, for the sake of my followers I bought a few bits, for “research” and all that jazz.
There was very little mascara left in stock in my local Lidl so I had to try the waterproof mascara, I don’t do waterproof mascara, because, makeup removal is an effort without making it waterproof!! LOL
However, for €2.49 I just couldn’t leave it behind me. It has a big hybrid type mascara wand, in between a brush type and plastic type mascara wand that gives both volume and length to your lashes. The results can be seen above! The brush just grabs onto lashes, giving them a blacker than black push-up effect.
Perfect Doll Eyes!
Catrice Mineral Highlight
This Ladies & Gentlemen, is my favourite highlighter in the whole world! At only €5.50 it can rival any other highlight twice its price on the makeup market. Its silver/pink iridescence matches any skin tone and its colour pay off is just gorgeous.
I even used this on a whole wedding party for a summer wedding and it gave the most beautiful summer glow!
Everybody needs this in their lives…..
NYX Liquid Eyeliner
This is the best liner I have ever used, and trust me, I have been wearing winged liner since I was 12 and I reckon I have tried them all. I seem to have greasy eyelids or something, but every single eyeliner I use smudges and leaves that dirty black faded line on the top of my eyelids by the end of the day. I have tried EVERYTHING to counteract this, from setting powder to setting spray to leaving a longer drying time, to gel liners and NOPE, nothing sticks, or well everything sticks!
So for €7.75 I decided to try the NYX one, once it dries in it leaves a lovely black line that stays for days. It’s teeny tiny brush end allows for expert precision and a perfectly sharp line. There is nothing I don’t love about it!
Catrice Illuminating Blush
A friend once told me that the Catrice blushes had the same colours and pigment pay off as the Benefit blushes for €34 each, I had really been wanting to try out a berry coloured blush but didn’t the massive price tag that was attached to the limited edition Bobbi Brown berry blush palette I have been lusting over in BT’s.
At €3.49 this berry shade beauty has become one of my makeup bag staples, due to its illuminating nature it doubles up as a highlight for those mornings when I’m really rushing!
This is VERY pigmented however, so try not to be heavy-handed with the application, as I have learned the hard way clown cheeks are not attractive!
Cien Lipglosses from Lidl
I just love these lipglosses, the range consists of 6 colours from glittery clear to a pinky berry shade to a cappuccino brown colour there is something for everyone. They have a very moisturizing formula with vitamin E oil to hydrate lips and they smell AMAZING!
I bought two shades; Glitter Pink which is almost a champagne colour which is stunning over a nude lipliner and a berry colour which I can be seen wearing in the above makeup look! They are sooo perfect for everyday wear and are €2.49 each.
Cien eyeshadow from Lidl
Another gem from the Lidl makeup range, again at only €2.49 each these are perfect for any beauty addict, the creamy matte colour above is perfect for that all over lid colour or I have been using it to set my under eye concealer!
The blue and the pink shades are very pigmented velvet type shadows, the pink shadow is gorgeous as a highlighter on the cheekbones or on the inner corner of the eyes. The blue shadow, when blended almost has a violet tinge to it, and can be seen in the makeup look above.
NYX Brow Pomade
There is a little bit of pattern going on with all the NYX stuff, but it is such a great affordable brand. Their stuff is amazing.
This is easily one of my favourite brow products, I use the shade blonde as can be seen above. Its waxy texture both frames and fills in your brows without looking too severe. The best thing about this product? It’s waterproof so it lasts all day!
This is also only about €7 and can be bought in NYX stockists nationwide.
NYX Liquid Suede
NYX Shade range
Liquid Suede in the shade Vintage
Last but not least, is my latest find in matte liquid lipsticks. The new Liquid suede range from NYX, the whole shade range and swatches can be seen above. I have the shade Vintage which is a vampy reddish-brown that I picked up in Boots in Half Moon Street for €9.75.
Some matte lipsticks make my lips feel like they’re in the middle of the Sahara Desert, but so far so good with these lippies. Their liquid texture stains the lips so they’re incredibly long-lasting and oh so pigmented.I just LOVE them!
I hope you like my little collection of bargain beauty bits…