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 was gifted these products with the aim of writing a review on each, all views and opinions are my own**
I was recently gifted two Nuxe products to review on my blog from the lovely Joanne in Sam McCauley Chemists, the multi use Nuxe dry oil and their new roll on radiance boosting face mask, Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Re-Plumpling Roll-On Mask!
Nuxe Multi Use Dry Oil
I had used the Nuxe dry oil before and I love it, the first you’ll notice about this product is that it smells AMAZING, its oil is infused six different botanical oils which results in the closest thing to a Spa Day in a bottle!
Its vitamin E infused oil nourishes, repairs and softens your face, body and hair in a single go. It leaves your skin velvety soft giving a lasting subtle fragrance. I have also used it during the summer months on my hair to keep it silky soft and protected against the heat and colour treatments.
It is suitable for any skin type, even my own super sensitive skin, as it is 100% hypoallergenic.
This is a gorgeous beauty treatment for all, whatever their age, skin and hair type!
It comes in both 100ml and a 30ml size are priced from €19.50 to €33.00 and you buy this little beauty here
Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Re-Plumpling Roll-On Mask
This is the newest mask on the market from Nuxe, its lotion type texture glides on to the face to provide a rejuvenating, hydrating treatment specially designed to tackle any signs of ageing on the face!
From the get-go the skin looks smoother, firmer and more youthful, all in all more radiant.
The thing I loved the most about this product is the unique massaging applicator which gives an extra freshening technique, it also reduces bacteria on the skin as your hand don’t touch your face. It’s a win win beauty product.
It is encapsulated with saffron and bougainvillea extracts which stimulate the production of new skin cells and the hyaluronic acid hydrates deeply so that your skin appears plumper, more rested and wrinkles appear reduced!
It can be used daily on cleansed, the mask is left on for 10 minutes and then removed either with a dry cotton pad or a facial cleanser. It can also be overnight to wake up with refreshed replenished glow!
It retails at €32.95 and I got mine from Sam McCauley Chemists Blackpool, but can also be bought online from here
I have suffered with my skin since I was 11 years old. Unfortunately puberty seemed to hit me like a giant train and I was blessed with acne, mix that up with severely sensitive skin and I have spent hundreds of euro on skin care that has ended up looking pretty in my bedroom but being completely useless in helping my skin.
After years of trial and errors I have found a cocktail of skin saviours that suit breakout prone, sensitive skin that I thought I’d share with all my lovely followers!
Here are my top 5 products for sensitive skin….
La Roche Posay Micellar Water
Micellar water is one of my favourite skincare products on the market. It is a lazy girls dream, it removes makeup and cleanses skin with a swipe of a cotton pad! La roche posay is tested on the most sensitive of skin and is made with thermal spring water. It delicately rids sensitive skin of impurities, and makeup with its soap free formulation that is 100% hypoallergenic. It costs about €15 for a 200ml bottle and it can be purchased here
2. Normaderm Beautifying Anti-Blemish Moisturiser
I like to alternate my day moisturisers as my skin can change between both oily, breakout prone and sensitive and dry. Most anti-blemish moisturiser are primarily to reduce the appearance of spots and acne, but the newest moisturiser in the Normaderm range also helps your skin stay hydrated as well as radiant and beautiful. It is a more broad spectrum moisturiser as it provides 24 hour hydration it suits more skin types while still tackling breakouts when it’s needed. Its super light texture allows for fast absorption and is perfect to be worn under a full face of makeup. This has become one of my go to moisturiser for when my skin acts up. I picked mine up in Sam McCauley Chemists but it can also be bought here
3. La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
Everyone needs this balm in their makeup drawer. It can be used by adults children and babies for any type of minor skin irritations. I have used it on major skin breakouts and on shavers rash. It can also be used on tight, sensitive skin, nappy rash, cracked skin and chapped lips. It soothes, protects and repairs sensitive skin practically overnight. I mostly use this at night-time if my skin is really irritated, it has a thick balm like texture, which when dries into the skin gives a non greasy finish.
It comes in two sizes a 50ml tube and a 100ml tube ranging from €7.50 to €13.50 and also comes in a range with an SPF 50 and can be purchased here
4. Avéne Eau Thermale Spring Water
The Avéne spring water mist is perfect soothing care for sensitive skin. It can be sprayed onto the skin over makeup or just after cleansing to soothe irritated, tight, sensitive skin. I have the travel size in my handbag for anytime I feel like my skin needs to be soothed or refreshed. Boots Ireland have the full range of Avéne skin care and can be bought here
5. Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm.
Due to my acne I use a lot of harsh anti blemish skin care on my face which can be quite drying especially on the lips. I suffer quite regularly from dry, tight, chapped lips so a friend of mine recommended the Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm. This is by far the most expensive lip balm I have ever owned, at €21 I was a little sceptical on how good it could possibly be, but this is an investment beauty product for those of you who may suffer from chapped lips. It repairs and protects lips with its rose wax as well as its SPF 15 it helps insulate lips from ageing from the sun, it can be bought here.
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
New Lidl Mascara
Makeup Look using only Lidl Cosmetics
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…