Tuesday, 25 November 2014

BEAUTY: REN FLASH RINSE 1 MINUTE FACIAL

Blogging about hyped products while claiming to avoid hyped products seems to be a reoccurring theme around these parts, as of late. However, it's all within good reason as the REN 1 Minute Facial(£31.95/€38)* just had to be mine in order to get my REN full size collection off to a start, and to see if it really was the skin saviour everybody was claiming it to be. Also, the fact REN is a natural skincare brand and when the beauty blogger queen Anna gave it her stamp of approval i was sold.

Essentially, the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, is an at home facial treatment designed to revitalise and rejuvenate skin in a mere 60 seconds. Suitable for all skin types it's got all the ingredients your skin needs from water activated Vitamin C to Magnesium. With both short term and long term benefits to the skin, it seemed perfectly promising..

Upon first use, i was intrigued. The consistency when first squeezed out of the tube was different- almost a green paste. However, as you commence massaging it into cleansed skin, it turns to a more gel substance and you can feel the presence of slight grains. After massaging in circular motions for a few seconds, you add water to activate the Vitamin C present, turning it to a much more gel-like face wash and then leave for one minute before rinsing. The Vitamin C targets the skins elasticity and is said to make the skin appear more firmer, while in the long-term protecting it from UV rays and evening out the complexion, while the Magnesium present boosts the skin's radiance and the Boswellic Acid is said to fight facial fatigue while diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

After washing off, for me, there is definitely visible results. The skin appears much more illuminated and visibly more radiant. Any imperfections that were present beforehand seem less noticeable, and after multiple uses even blackheads slowly begin to disappear. The skin also feels much more soft, refreshed and beautifully nourished with my over all complexion looking much more even and less redness visible.

The one slight downfall of this otherwise incredible product is it's hefty price tag. An acceptable hefty price tag due to all the clean, natural ingredients present. However, it's a price tag that will result in the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial being a luxury in a pamper routine. Although for those whose budget meets the price and allows for regular use, you'll be happy to hear little goes a long way, and this should only be used every 3 days!

A luxury facial gel, with the ability to give you salon results in your own home on these dark and dreary winter evenings - surely it's a winner in my book..

* denotes PR sample, read my full disclaimer here.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER | UNDER £15

'Tis finally the jolly good time of year when people are out in their thousands, all with the same goal of buying their loved ones an uplifting Christmas gift. Although these people all have a common goal, one attribute they fail to share is their budget. Budget's for these gifts vary greatly, some people opt for one big present of quite a high value, while others are scouting down a variety of small, more affordable gifts with perhaps a little more significance. Whatever budget you wish to satisfy, this series of gift guides should have you covered for the besties, the girlfriends and all the gals in your life..
For the lashes lady: 
Eyelure Lash Edit London Collection - (£12.99/€18.56)
The lashes lover of the bunch's gift is covered this year with this set of 3 lashes from cult favourite eyelashes brand Eyelure. Give your gal the gift of over three nights worth of impeccable lashes this year, with this London collection fitted with a trio of fluttery lashes.

For the pug aficionado: 
Pug Print A5 Notebook - (£8.00/€11.43)
Add a little style to the your main gal's organisation this year with this quirky print pug notebook, perfect to satisfy any pug lover's needs while fitting the practical bill.

For the internet devotee:
"Home is where the wifi is" Print - (£10.00/€12.63)
Mark your gal pal's love of wifi with this perfectly painted print - making the perfect addition to any home decor entusiast's photo wall.

For the dramatic dreamer:
Dream Journal - (£12.50/€15.71)
Avoid those Monday morning dream recites from your pal, and let this journal do the listening. Perfect for all those constant dreamers who stress over their night-time thoughts- document them daily in this pretty journal.

For the crazy cat lady: 
Crazy Selfies Book - (£8.00/€10.00)
Satisfy your closest cat ladies daily cat needs with this book full to the brim of furry feline fotos, aka cat lady heaven. The encompassed hashtags are also guarantee'd to get the giggles going.

For the precious Mum:
"Dear Mum, from you to me" book - (£11.95/€15.00)
Show your mum just how much she means to you with this journal of a lifetime, complete with 60 personal questions your main woman can answer thoroughly in order to reflect on past events and feelings - it's the perfect gift to influence mutual understanding.

For the Gosling girl:
Ryan Gosling hair bow - (£12.00/€15.50)
Have a self-acclaimed Mrs Gosling in your group? Acknowledge their fictitious relationship with this unique hair bow, to show their true devotion to the Gosmeister himself.

For the American candy nut:
Ultimate American Candy Bag - (£11.00/€14.00)
Bring a taste of the Big Apple straight to your friend's front door this Christmas, with this selection of deliciously mouth watering goodies straight from the USA. Perfect for soothing the taste buds of any candy craving gal. 

For the scent Stella:
Small Jar Yankee Candle - (£5.99/€7.50)
Fall back on the old reliable Yankee Candle's this Christmas to act as a co-gift to a feature present, with their superior scent selection it meets the needs and wishes of all nostrils.

For the constant chocolate craver:
Cadburys Sweet Selection - (£15.00/€19.00)
Put a permanent/month long end to the seemingly ending chocolate desires of any lady in your life with this stupendous sweet selection from Cadburys, guarantee'd to settle the taste buds for the dawn of 2015, at least.

Monday, 17 November 2014

BEAUTY: COCOA BROWN 1 HOUR MOUSSE

For me, self-tanning is something that happens all year round and is not just restricted to Summer when you can get your pins out. Anything that can transform my pasty Irish self into something a little less ghostly, and a little more glowy and i'll be all over it. With this said tanning addiction has come a lot of different tans- the majority of them being instant mousses, which have been majorly critiqued by myself and my skin. One of the tans to tick all the boxes with my critical self, is the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Mousse(£6.99/€7.99).

This mousse offering from Irish Brand Cocoa Brown is undoubtedly one of the best i've tried. Applied with a mitt, it works wonders and applies beautifully - leaving behind no streaks or blotchy areas. Within one hour of applying you are left with a sublime subtle bronzed glow making it perfect for party season nights out, but for a darker tan opt for applying it and leaving it over night before washing off, leaving behind a Kardashian worthy colour.

In terms of smell, this tan's a winner. No trademark biscuit smell with this tan, ladies. This tan has a subtle hint of a floral smell to it, nothing too overpowering or overwhelming, just enough to avoid smelling notably unattractive. The fragrance described as a Tahitian Gardenia scent, is soft enough to leave the skin smelling fresh post tanning, while the vegetable derived tanning agent present makes it gorgeously gentle on sensitive skin.

Once applied this tan has the ability to last at least 5 days, after rinsing. After washes and showers, it fades ever so slightly but fades in an even manner so that you are still left with a beautiful tan. It's staying power is so impeccable, that when it comes down to removing this it can be a pain, exfoliator, exfoilator galore and this tan won't budge! Which is a huge advantage of this already tremendous tan, but can be a major downfall when you run out of your darkest shade foundation and your typical go-to is two shades too light!

A gorgeous golden glow that will leave you feeling beach ready for a up to 7 days- even in the midst of Winter, this tan really is a winner in my books..

Sunday, 16 November 2014

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER | UNDER £5

'Tis finally the jolly good time of year when people are out in their thousands, all with the same goal of buying their loved ones an uplifting Christmas gift. Although these people all have a common goal, one attribute they fail to share is their budget. Budget's for these gifts vary greatly, some people opt for one big present of quite a high value, while others are scouting down a variety of small, more affordable gifts with perhaps a little more significance. Whatever budget you wish to satisfy, this series of gift guides should have you covered for the besties, the girlfriends and all the gals in your life..
For the hot drink drinker:

"Fancy a Brew?" Badge - (£1.50/€1.95)
We all know that gal whose like a sponge when it comes to a good 'oul brew, or the one who is found with a brew in hand at almost every moment,. Why not signify their love of a hot drink with this badge?

For the candle collector:
Initial Candle - (£3.00/€4.27)
Do you know a girl whose house is covered in candles? This gift ticks all the boxes with it's personal touch of their initial, while being made of natural soy wax and providing a subtle, sweet smelling fragrance.

For the stationary sucker:
Happy Jackson Sticky Notes - (£2.99/€4.25) / My Little Pony Eraser Pack - (£3.00/€4.27)
Buying for a lover of list or a stationary hoarder? These Happy Jackson Sticky Notes are guarantee'd to make the lady in your life happy, as she sticky notes her life away. Nothing beats a blast from the past at this time of year, and these erasers are guaranteed to bring some happy childhood memories to the surface of their receiver.

For the over-tweeter:
Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t Book - (£4.50/€6.40)
Have a friend who swarms your twitter feed with pointless tweets day-to-day as a method of procrastination from real life work? This humorous book jammed packed with work tips and colourful quotes is bound to ease them of the tweeting for a while.

For the food fanatic:
Love on Toast Stamp - (£3.00/€4.27) / "Pizza is my boyfriend" Pocket Mirror - (£4.00/€5.00)
Give the lady in your life the ability to add a quirky twist to her typical morning toast with this stamp, which is guarantee'd to provide a smile on a moody Monday morning. This Pizza Mirror is guarantee'd to make any gal's Christmas with it's mouth watering design, who knew top up's could be so delicious?

For the fabulous friend:
Heart Plaque - (£3.00/€4.27)
Give your friend the gift of love this Christmas by reminding them of the importance of your friendship, nothing quite beats such a meaningful, uplifting gift. It's shabby chic design also fits the bill of a pretty piece of home decor.

For the brilliant baker:
Cupcake Shower Cap - (£5.00/€6.25)
Take a twist on the usual shower products you receive for Christmas, by giving the baker of the bunch this Cupcake Shower Cap, so even in the shower they don't forget their role in the friendship; to provide the yummy food.

For the beauty blogger:
Blogger Pencil Set - (£3.50/€4.30)
Make the blogger of the group all the more organised with these slogan pencils to jot down arising blog ideas or just to sit pretty in their blogging area, who knows, you might even get your own feature?

For the wonderful wife:
"How to be a Good Wife" Book - (£4.95/€6.20)
Give the woman of your life the book to live by, with this 90's classic on how to be the "perfect" wife. Guarantee'd to supply plenty of laughter and jokes between the pair of you.