3.27.2015

5 DIYS TO TRY {ONE}


Search DIY on Pinterest and you are greeted with a whole other world of renovations, re-creations and snazzy ideas. Patrolling the pages takes many an hour - hours many of us have not to spare with other things to pin, but fret not i've compiled a list of 5 must try DIYs to spice up your home space;


1 / UP YOUR DINNER PARTY GAME WITH MARBLED CUPS - link

Add a twist to your pristine white dishes with this simple yet effective DIY from Nouvelle Daily, use nail polish of any colour to suit your taste and surroundings. A must-try, quick and easy DIY that's got me wanting to spice-up all the household's dishes!

2 / RECYCLE BY UP-CYCLING YOUR CANDLES - link

Gather all old and unused paper in this quirky candle revamp DIY. From maps, magazines and old literature follow these instructions for the snazziest candle collection around while doing your bit for the environment - winner!

3 / HOUSE YOUR CACTI IN STYLE WITH CUSTOMISED POTS - link

Free your inner artiste by letting them loose with the paint brush for this fun and easy do-it-yourself. Any design in any colour, its all about pleasing yourself- and your cactus! (all i need to do is get myself a cactus!)

4 / LIGHT UP YOUR HOME DECOR - link

This genius, light bulb idea is the one that's gonna have you standing out from the crowd. All you need is a little moss and air plant along with some small white stones to make these light bulb terrariums and woo your guests. 

5 / GET GLOSSY WITH MAGAZINE BUNTING - link

The sheer glossiness of the pages of a magazine add an indescribable room to any home-space, mix in bunting and you've got yourself the pairing of any pinner's dreams. The stunning selection of pages Nouvelle Daily used scream sophistication, and act as any creators perfect source of inspiration!

That concludes the  brief round up of the five DIY's currently on my to-do list to spruce up my room a little, Pinterest - i salute you. (fingers crossed butter fingers here manages to get them looking half as decent as these!)

Will you be adding any of these to your to-do list?

3.24.2015

A SPRING SUITABLE BASE

With Spring upon us, the lust for luminous skin is on. A recent shake up of my routine and a quick shop of my stash and I've sorted that ideal foundation base for the radiant, dewy look we all want this season..


1 / PREP AND PRIME THAT FACE

Radiance wise, this line-up sources it's glow from this unbeatable duo. I like to mix a pea sized amount of both the Osiris CC Cream(a huge love!!) and NYX Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam, to achieve a flawless, illuminated base. The CC Cream works at bluring and smoothing out any imperfections, creating the perfect canvas on which to apply your foundation, while the illuminator injects radiance to the skin.

2 / FOUNDATION

For foundation, this season this little drugstore gem has stolen my heart. The Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr foundation does exactly what it says on the tin and delivers a long lasting finish, albeit not 25 hours(!!) Equipped with SPF 20 its the ideal candidate for this Spring line-up, delivering a medium build-able coverage that feels light and comfortable on the skin, allowing the radiance of the underlying illuminator to subtly peer through. I opt to apply with a buffing brush for a seamless application.

3 / HIGHLIGHT AND CONCEAL

It's all about adding extra dimension and an all over glow to the skin, and to do so we're calling in the Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer. While i still lie a little on the fence with the applicator, this bad boy does comes in a shade lighter than my foundation and thus acts as a highlight. I appply in a V shape under the eye, down the bridge of the nose, on the cupids bow and on the centre of the forehead to highlight these areas. For any imperfections, in comes the Physicians Formula Concealer Duo - the concealing and correcting dream team, hiding the appearance of spots and blemishes, while correcting any areas of redness.

4 / SET AND SPRAY

To me, the dewier the finish, the better. I like to gently set the concealer in place to prevent any slipping as the day progresses, and to do so the Natural Collection Loose Setting Powder comes in. Without mattifying the concealer too much, it sets it in place and prevents eye makeup smudging under the eyes. You can get away with not powdering this foundation without it looking greasy or unfinished, so a quick spray of the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray to lock the whole base in place and your good to go.

This line-up creates the ultimate basis for the perfect spring look, pair with a subtle bronze, a pop of highlight on the cheek bones for an extra glow and a glossy lip for a beautiful radiant makeup look.


What product line-up is your go-to for the ultimate glowing skin?

3.22.2015

THE 7 USES FOR BIO-OIL YOU PROBABLY AREN'T AWARE OF

Whether it's in our mothers' first-aid boxes, our grans' cupboards or in fact present in our very own beauty stashes, bio-oil is without a doubt a hidden gem of many beauty regimes. Forget it's ability to dramatically reduce scaring and stretch marks, this little beauty has much more to offer..


1 / A BATH OIL FOR BEAUTIFULLY SUPPLE SKIN

Gently drizzle a little oil into your bath with your usual bath products for the ultimate pamper evening. Skin will feel hydrated and nourished as the oils' long list of beneficial ingredients(including Vitamin A & E) get to work.

2 / AN UNLIKELY FACE & SKIN MOISTURISER WITH ANTI-AGING BENEFITS

No longer shy away from the image of an oily residue after moisturising  this oil works wonders as a face & body moisturiser. With the aforementioned vitamins A & E work at fighting off any visible signs of aging as you tackle day to day life. On top of that it works at gradually evening out skin tone and reducing blotchiness over time.

3 / A HIGHLIGHT, OR EVEN A PRIMER TO ACHIEVE NATURALLY GLOWING SKIN

Forget your typical powder highlight, gently dab a little bit of Bio-Oil on the tops of cheek bones for a subtle glow sans the usual shimmer chunks. If that's not enough - glow all out and pop the oil on beneath your foundation as a primer, to boost your natural radiance and achieve a foundation finish. Don't fret about any oily residue, the PurCellin Oil present in the formulation has got you covered, seeing Bio-Oil sinking deep into the skin within seconds.

4 / AN AFTER SUN OIL TO SOOTHE SORE SUN BURNT SKIN 

The long line of beneficial ingredients contained in this little bottle of goodness lock in moisture and creates a protective barrier between the suns harmful rays and your delicate skin. Natural botanical ingredients such as camomile extract and rosemary oil soothes the skin back to the norm, promoting a healthy post-sun glow.

5 / A HAIR SERUM TO TAME YOUR MANE

Your typical hair saviour has run out? No fear, Bio-Oil is more than capable of filling the gaping hole in your hair-care routine. Gently smooth a pea sized amount of the oil onto the ends of your hair after washing - as you would with your typical hair oil, then follow with a quick drying for beautiful, silky smooth tresses. 

6 / A SHAVING PRIMER FOR EXTRA SMOOTH PINS

Slather a decent helping of the oil on pre-shaving to soften the skin and create a barrier to help prevent any mishaps and save your skin from the unwanted shaving cuts. It also promotes a smoother for longer shaving finish - soft legs for days!

7 / A MASSAGE OIL TO RELIEVE THE STRESSES OF THE DAY

Massage your way to relaxation with this skin bettering oil. The notes of camomile, lavender and rosemary oils help to relax the senses after a stressful day. The oil also nourishes parched, fatigued skin and simultaneously gives a much needed pamper to your skin, locking in moisture.

The best of beauty is often found in the most basic of products, and for this gem it's no different. Dig this little miracle-worker out of your stash and your skin is guaranteed to reap the benefits or grab Bio-Oil* here to add a little somethin' to your everyday beauty routine.

* denotes PR samples, full disclaimer here

3.19.2015

NEW BRAND ON THE BLOCK | ARTISTRY

Artistry is a brand that never appeared on my radar- up until now, with their recent (rather silent) release onto the Irish market. Regardless of my ignorance, it's safe to say they have been making shapes in the industry, earning the title of one of the world's top 5 premium skincare brands they are definitely one to watch. I briefly dabbled into the world of the Artistry makeup range, and here's the verdict;


INDIGO SKIES EYE CRAYON TRIO (£43.05/€51.69)*

One of the latest releases from the brand comes in the form of this eye crayon set, a trio of soft spring shades ranging from a beautiful beige to a deep indigo blue. These eye crayons are the ultimate addition to anybody's collection, with the tip of the pencil being thin enough to act as an eyeliner. The creamy long lasting formulation see's them apply and blend seamlessly before drying to a powder-like finish. Undeniably the one that received the most lovin' was the beige shade, as it works perfectly as an inner corner highlight on both natural and full-on makeup days and it doesn't budge as the day progresses. While the remaining two shades remain a little, different and for the more dramatic-makeup embracing gals of the bunch - however, they will be getting some love as Spring slowly comes into full swing. The formulation is impeccable, but the colour palette of the trio has yet to grow on me and i feel it would not be everybody's cup of tea.


SHEER LIPSTICK IN HONEY (£19.95/€25.10)*

The sleek black casing and gold hardware of this lipstick bares resemblance to that of the Chanel packaging. With a nifty twist and pop removal of the black lid, it's one of the most sophisticated lippies in my collection to date. The beautiful sheer, light-weight formulation of this beautiful rosy colour is the one to convert me from my usual love of liquid lipsticks. It's glossy finish and moisturising formula surprising doesn't slip on the lips and remains in place for a decent period of time. It hasn't particular wowed me with outstanding longevity but due to it's sheer build-able cover, it slowly fades rather than all disappearing at once. It's packaging is not only luxurious, but i too feel their is something about the lipstick it'self that seems very Chanel-esque, and it delivers similar pigmentation and shine to what i'd imagine the Rouge Coco Shine range do (a girl can imagine the feeling of Chanel lipsticks, right?!) Undoubtedly it's the perfect summer formula with it's lightweight moisturising finish for the perfect everyday is a beach day pout. A little note however, the rosy-your-lips-but-better colour may suit the taste of an older, more sophisticated wearer than that of a more daring gal.

Artistry is definitely a brand that has been kept under wraps for far too long, the distinctive black and gold packaging is enough to sell it, and throw the fabulous products that lie beneath the packaging into the mix and well we've got ourselves a real winner. It still remains a brand thats pretty hard to get your mitts on, with it being exclusively available from Amway Ireland and Amway UK and all products featured here are part of their Indigo Skies Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.

* denotes PR samples, full disclaimer here