Saturday, April 18, 2015

Armani Eye Tints

These Armani Eye Tints are my first venture into the Giorgio Armani beauty range, for shame! After trying these just once I could already see why people rave about Armani Beauty. The products are such beautiful quality.

The Eye Tints come in 12 shades ranging from pale neutrals to vibrant greens and dark blues, there is something for everyone. I have never tried an eye colour like these before. The innovative formula uses a unique water/pigment suspension which means that the fine pearl pigment is dispersed evenly across the eyelids and stays put for up to 16 hours without creasing or smudging. 

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I was sent two shades from the new Eye Tint range, Cold Copper and Rose Ashes. As you can see from the swatches below, Cold Copper is a champagne gold shade while Rose Ashes is a dusky pale pink shade.


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Rose Ashes, Cold Copper

These are the perfect everyday eye make up shades because they are so easy to wear. I use the applicator to apply the product to my eyelids and blend it out with a fluffy blending brush, I'm sure you could use fingers to blend if you prefer. I've worn the shades alone and with brown eye liner smudged at the lash line or with black liquid liner as you can see below. You can also use one wash of colour or blend it out and layer up the product so that you get a more intense colour pay off. I'd imagine this would be great for the darker shades and because the formula is so lightweight it doesn't feel like you have lots of product on your eyelids. 


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You can see above the fine pearlised pigment which looks stunning on the eyes, especially when it catches the light. 


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I love the sleek packaging of the Eye Tints, I like that you can see the product in the tube. It's sturdy and hard wearing which makes them great for when you're travelling. I love the applicator as I find it gives a precise amount of product and makes it so easy to apply the Tints to my eyelids. You could also take a fine liner brush and use it as eye liner. 


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Rose Ashes with liquid liner in direct daylight

I've been wearing these on an almost daily basis since I got them because I find them so handy for my morning make up routine when I don't have that much time to get ready but I still want to look like I've made an effort with my make up. Both of these shades look great with a bit of eye liner to define the lash line and then a bright lip shade. The lasting power is incredible too, you don't need to use any primer as they last all day (and night) without an sign of creasing which I find to be a huge bonus. I feel like these could be the perfect eye product for the warmer Summer months when you want to wear make up but don't want to worry about it smudging and melting from your face. 

There are some gorgeous shades I'd be interested in trying like Shadow, Senso, Green Iron and Emeraude. I definitely want to add some more of these to my collection. The Eye Tints are priced at €32 and are available in Ireland from Brown Thomas. I really think you get value for your money as the quality is second to none and to me it's such a unique product. 

What do you think? Have you tried these yet?

Emma 






Tuesday, March 24, 2015

No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation

I can't believe it's taken me this long to write about the No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation. I've been using this foundation for the past year now and I've gone through two bottles of it. I was originally sent one from the lovely people at No7 following my work with them and I have used it almost every day since. 


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I had been using the original Stay Perfect Foundation on a daily basis before I got this and I really liked it, but after trying Superlight, I was totally converted. 

I have combination skin so it can be dry, dehydrated and oily through the T-Zone with normal sized pores. To give you a reference I am usually the fairest shade in any given foundation range, I'm a BR20 in YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat and Intensity 01 in Estée Lauder Double Wear Light.


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I was matched to the fairest shade in the range, Calico, which is perfect for my skin tone. As you can read on the box below, it is supposed to give you a natural but flawless finish with a weightless feeling on the skin. It's meant to be weather and transfer proof, oil free, contains SPF 15 and Vitamin E to help look after the skin all with a light to medium coverage. 

It ticks the major boxes for me in terms of what I tend to look for and prefer with my foundation choice: Good shade match, skincare elements, light to medium coverage, lightweight easy to blend formula, some form of SPF, long lasting, transfer proof and budget friendly. I'm clearly not asking for much am I?!


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I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply this (which on a side note, can I just say if you don't already own this it's my favourite brush for applying foundation, it literally makes blending so effortless and is so inexpensive). Like Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua you have to shake this up before use as it's water based. The texture is light but not as light as the aforementioned Vitamuiere Aqua, which makes pouring the desired amount from the bottle a lot easier and prevents wasting any of the product. 

This is incredibly easy to work with and blends into my skin so easily which is probably why it quickly became my go to foundation for everyday wear,  it streamlines my make up routine in the morning and gives me precious extra minutes in bed. 


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I wouldn't say that there is any scent as such, definitely not an offensive scent anyway. I love that it contains SPF too as I do like to wear sun protection of some kind all year round. I find that it lasts on me very well, I do use a translucent setting powder on the centre of my face as I can become oily especially on my on my nose throughout the day. It still looks great at the end of the day even after I've been running around in work. It doesn't cling to dry patches which I can be prone to, nor does it sit in my pores, it just perfects my skin tone while allowing my natural skin to still be visible. 


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The packaging is a huge selling point for me. I love the hard plastic, sturdy bottle and the twist off top which make it durable and perfect for your travel make up bag. 



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Above is a close up of the foundation from this post, this photo is unedited apart from perhaps a slight change in the exposure.


My only criticism of this foundation is that it does oxidise slightly which means girls with fairer skin than mine wouldn't be able to wear it. I really think No7 could do with bringing out a shade that is paler than Calico as there are a lot of women who have a lighter skin tone and it would be great to give them a great quality affordable "drugstore" foundation as the very fair skinned ladies often get overlooked when it comes to more affordable brands.

It retails at €18.95 making it a similar price point to brands like L'Oréal, Revlon and Max Factor.

Have you tried this yet? What's your current favourite foundation?

Emma x

Monday, March 16, 2015

Miss Fancy Pants


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I'm a big fan of Essie nail polishes, I don't know anyone who has tried them and not liked them. The formula, lasting power, brush and colour range make Essie polishes some of the best I've ever tried. I saw Miss Fancy Pants on somebody, I can't remember who and I ordered it straight away. It's described as a "refined, chic greige" on the Essie site and I couldn't have put it better myself. For me, it's the perfect understated nail colour. 


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Do you have a go to neutral nail polish? What are you wearing on your nails right now?

Emma x


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Oh Girl Dancing Down Those Dirty and Dusty Trails

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I love these two pieces of jewellery. I was browsing ASOS one day, as you do, and came across these amazing earrings, after seeing them on the model I was sold. I go through phases of wearing no earrings/ small studs and huge statement ones. These are by a brand called Made and each piece is handmade in Africa. 

The elephant bracelet is from an Irish site called Must Have Accessory. I met the lovely Alannah, the lady behind Must Have Accessory at the Ultimate Girls Day Out back in August and fell in love with this bracelet. I was so shocked when my mam surprised me with it for Christmas. It's an "homage" to a Kenneth Jay Lane piece. 


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I'm so excited about this Tia Cross Body Bag from Stella and Dot. I love everything about it, the size is perfect for when you're just bring your essentials out with you, and you can unzip all around the edge of the bag to make a bit of extra room if you need it. The quality of this bag is exceptional. I love the textured exterior, patterned spill resistant lining and the detail of the gold hardware. It's a gorgeous cherry red colour that I think looks great all year around. 


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Coat- New Look
Jumper- Zara
Trousers- H&M
Shoes- Clarks
Socks- Topshop
Scarf- ASOS
Earrings- ASOS
Bracelet- Must Have Accessory

The jumper and coat were sales purchases from January. I don't think I own any other clothes in the pale blue shade but I really love it and it's a wool jumper so it was great for those freezing days in January and February. I love that the coat is lightweight but still keeps me warm, I wanted a leopard print coat for ages so I was delighted to find this bargain.

I adore these Clarks Hotel Whizz shoes, I spotted them in store last Autumn and then again on my friend who bought them just before Christmas, they were so nice on her I had to get them when I saw them on sale.

What are your current style favourites?

Emma x


Friday, February 27, 2015

Stella and Dot Spring/Summer 2015 Favourites

You probably already know I'm a big fan of US jewellery and accessories brand Stella and Dot. I have a few of their pieces in my collection and have also given them as gifts to my friends and family who have all been very impressed.

I went to the Spring/Summer press day back in November for the new collection which launched last month. There were so many beautiful pieces on display, I thought I would share my picks from the new collection with you. 


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The gorgeous rings really caught my eye, I loved the Zinnia Split Ring, it's so pretty with the seafoam coloured stones and vintage gold plating but the split gives it a modern touch. The Rebel Ring is one of the new additions to the Rebel family, this is a bit more wearable than the other two rings. The pavé stones around the centre are a nice little detail that makes it a piece you could also wear as part of a more dressed up outfit. The Eva Cocktail Ring is very dressy, I love the shape and the stones, it's so pretty on. 

I loved the Remy Wrap Bracelet which also came in white leather with gold detail. It's one of the more "edgy" (I hate that word) pieces in the collection, I think the white one would be a great to wear in the Summer. The other silver piece I loved was the Silver Sutton Necklace, which originally came in gold. You can wear the necklace five ways making it very versatile and the perfect day to night necklace. It looks amazing on! 

The Bianca Earrings are another versatile piece, the spear part is detachable from the small hoop so you get two pairs of earrings in one, again perfect for day to night.

The Rebel Cluster Necklace is a great layering necklace, each layer can also be worn alone. It consists of crackled quartz fragments mixed with the gold and also comes in an all silver version. Finally the Lottie Necklace is a beautiful cobalt blue with vintage gold plating that once again looks great by itself or layered with other necklaces. 



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You can see above what some of the pieces look like on, I had so much fun playing with them and trying them on. They all look so much prettier in reality, the photos don't really do them justice.

Is there anything here that caught your eye? What's your favourite piece of jewellery at the moment?

Emma x



Friday, February 20, 2015

A Lasting Finish

As you've probably noticed I'm a huge fan of bright lipsticks and although I do wear bright lipsticks almost every day, I do love a good nude/ natural lip colour too. I think it's harder to find the right nude than it is the right red. 

I recently bought two Rimmel lipsticks from their Kate Moss Lasting Finish range in the shades 03 and 08 because I was looking for some everyday natural shades that I could wear to work when I felt like a more subdued make up look. I've gotten quite good at choosing shades to suit me and I think that these two are amazing nude and natural lip shades for my skin tone. 



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03 is a great nude shade for fair skins. It's a peachy/brown warm toned nude that I think suits me well because it's not too pale. I've been wearing this a lot in work with some brown/bronze/taupe eyeshadows and/or some gel or liquid eye liner. 


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Top- 08, Bottom- 03

As you can see 08 is more on the pink/brown end of the scale and it's quite similar to my own lip colour. I have two lipsticks from the matte Kate Moss range and I really love the formula, this was my first time trying the original range and I love this formula too. It's so easy to apply because of the creamy texture and yet lasts incredibly well throughout the day. 

It does have a scent which could bother some people, but I don't mind it at all. The packaging is sleek and practical and at €6.99, these lipsticks are affordable and great value for the quality and lasting power. I'm incredibly impressed, so much so that I've been wearing these as much as my bright lipsticks which is very unusual for me.


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Have you tried any of these lipsticks? What's your favourite neutral lip product?

Emma x




Monday, February 9, 2015

theCream

A few months ago I received an email telling me about the "World's First Living Cosmetic" which immediately sparked my interest. I was invited to meet the team behind The Pink Cow Brand to learn about the revolutionary, 100% natural product, theCream



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I met with Denie Hiestand and his colleagues and he told me the story behind the brand and why he decided to spend so much of his time and money developing these products. Denie told me about how he was a natural healer to thousands of cancer patients and recommended his female patients (mostly breast cancer patients, which is where the Pink in the brand name comes from) to just use natural beauty and skincare products. After struggling to find natural products that would replace the ones his patients had removed from their skincare regime, he decided to create something himself as there was a space in the market for natural skincare products that would bring life to his patients skin and would eliminate the use of any products containing harmful ingredients.  

Denie worked as a dairy farmer in New Zealand and knew about Colostrum, the first milk that all mammals produce in the 72 hours after birth, and it's incredible properties. He wanted to find a way to incorporate this into skincare as it had never been done before. 


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To cut a very long story short, Denie combined his knowledge from working as a natural healer, a dairy farmer and an author and after extensive research, he found a way to harmlessly and ethically collect the excess Colostrum from the cows. Using advanced technology and airless vacuum containers, it is packaged along with numerous other natural ingredients and without any preservatives to make theCream. 


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As you can see from the ingredients list, theCream also contains cold pressed oils, naturally occurring vitamins, folic acid, and minerals. 


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Having researched the amazing properties of Colostrum, I personally can see why it is an effective ingredient for skincare.  It contains a concentrated amount of antibodies and nutrients that help to protect newborns from bacteria and viruses and kickstart their immune system. It's basically the first and ultimate 'Superfood'. 


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I was given the Nourishing Face Cream which comes in a 50ml size pump bottle and contains 75% colostrum. I used it morning and evening all over my face, neck and décolletage including my eye area (I made sure to ask Denie if it was ok for the eye area and he said it was absolutely fine). It lasted over a month which I was very pleased with. It has a very mild scent which I really loved and the packaging makes it easy to use and great for bringing with you if you're travelling.  I used about 2-3 pumps each time, you can use less of the product because it's more concentrated than most other moisturisers and therefore lasts longer.

I am a huge fan of natural skincare products, I've seen how well the work on my skin. My skin is usually quite clear but last year I was suffering from constant breakouts and nothing I used was helping. I honestly believe this is what cleared those up because I wasn't using anything else on my skin. I'm definitely going to keep using theCream in my skincare routine, there is so much good in it compared to other moisturisers I've used in the past.

My sister has been using the Repair Cream, a concentrated version of theCream with 80% colostrum, on her newborn baby and she and her husband have both commented on how good it is at reducing redness and irritation, so if any parents are looking for something gentle to use on their children this is a great option as there are no nasty ingredients in it.

If you have any other questions, there is a very thorough FAQ section on The Pink Cow Brand website.

theCream is available to order online and now in selected stores in Ireland:

Down to Earth Health Foods, 73 South Great Georges Street
Well and Good, Broderick Street, Midleton, Co. Cork
Full of Beans, Ardkeen Shopping Centre, Waterford, Co. Waterford
Dolans Pharmacy, The Bridge Shopping Centre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Mack Hair, Aiden Street, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo

At the moment, UK customers can order online from Natural Origin.



What do you think of natural skincare products? Are you more inclined to buy them?

Emma x






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