What am I Lugging Around

I was reading about Karen over on Lovely Girlie Bits and the 15 lip products currently in her handbag. It got me thinking about what’s in my bag. Now I know there is nowhere near 15 products in my bag, because I just couldn’t be arsed carrying all that around. My bag is heavy enough already and I’m always clearing junk out of it to lighten the load. I have a habit of writing myself lists and notes and putting them in my bag, so regular clearouts are a necessity.

So what is in there is a much more modest 5 lip products.

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How cute is this tin

How cute is this tin

Always handy to have a lip pencil without a sharpener

Always handy to have a lip pencil without a sharpener

It is however important to note that I do up the ante with some style-savers. I cater for my shoe, style always over comfort, ethos with a customised blister pack. I’ve added extra sore spots (one of which has been used, proving their necessity in my bag) and safety pins, because you never know when you are going to bust out of something.
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So that’s me, I like to wear products that will last the day so I don’s have to carry loads everywhere.

My Daytime Makeup

So here is my every day make-up routine:

Foundation – Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr €35. I use colour 010 or 045 with tan. I love this foundation, it has replaced MAC Studio. I wear it everyday and it lasts and lasts. I’ve worn it to weddings and it has looked as good going to bed at 3am as it did at 11am when first applied, no touch ups required. I have started wearing it when running or in the gym and it totally stays put. The best thing is that it’s not heavy or cakey and looks natural. Love it, love it, love it!

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Concealer – I’m obsessed with the dark circles under my eyes. Maybe it’s all in my head because no one else seems to consider them a problem, however I still can’t cover them to my satisfaction. At present I am using Bobbi Brown corrector followed by the Collection 2000 lasting Perfection €4.75. For special occasions I swap this for the MAC Prolongwear concealer. The Collection 2000 and MAC are essentially the same except for the price and MAC lasts a bit longer. I have the Bobbi Brown duo as well but found it didn’t live up to the hype for me. It’s good but not better than everything else I’ve tried.

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Powder – MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural €26.50. I use this as a setting powder. I also use a darker shade under my cheeks for a contour. It can also be used alone as the main base. This is another product that lasts and lasts. The coverage is medium and it has a lovely light and matte finish. I wouldn’t bother looking at anything else as this is the perfect setting powder, however, I read on Viva Adonis that the Vichy Dermablend Powder doesn’t rub off under glasses so I might try it as it’s about €20.

Apologies for the quality of photos, but if there was natural sunlight, I would be outside enjoying it instead of inside photographing products

Apologies for the quality of photos, but if there was natural sunlight, I would be outside enjoying it instead of inside photographing products

Blush- MAC Peachy Keen €21.50. It’s the perfect peachy pink to lift and warm my complexion. As far as blushes go, I think that MAC powder blushes are one of the best available in Ireland.

Eyebrows – I just use a slanted brush and MAC eye shadow in Omega €15 to fill in my brows.

Highlighter – I not fussy about highlighters, I usually just use an eye shadow in a light sheer, shimmery colour.

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It seems like a lot when you write it all out but it only takes a few minutes. I have to say that all these products last the whole day and more, they survive a sweaty run or gym session.

I like to save eye and lip products for when I’m heading out for a night or a special occasion. I don’t want to look the same when I out enjoying socialising as I do when I’m at work or running around. I like to make an extra special effort for having fun and I want to feel like I look more glam.

My Current Skincare Routine

I’m afraid my skin care routine could be a long post. Looking natural takes a lot of time and money folks. So lets begin.

Cleanser – Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 €13.57. Your can use it as a cream cleanser, scrub, or mask. This reduces sebum production, removes impurities and I find it great for removing my make up. There are loads of reviews online for this so I won’t go into too much detail. I like it but even though the scrubby bits are gentler than most scrubs, I’m not sure I should be exfoliating with a scrub every day so I might try something gentler when this runs out.

Serum – YSL Forever Youth Liberator €77. Fancy! I know. I bought this because I heard a radio personality say that she was accused of using botox by a reporter since she started using the YSL Forever Youth Liberator moisturiser. Since she is about the same age as me I had to have it. I like it, it’s a good serum, but my expression lines are no better or worse since I started using it. I’m only 32 so maybe it’s is too soon to be spending so much on anti-aging, but I have always looked younger than my age and want to keep that trend going for as long as possible. Will I repurchase? I already have once but I want to try the new Clarins double serum that should be out soon.

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Eye Cream – Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA for eyes €26. I like Vichy products and often return to them when there is nothing new and exciting on the waiting list to try. It’s an all round good product. More or less does what it says and I find Vichy products will never irritate your skin. Still not quite the miracle in a bottle I’m looking for but will do until that comes along. I am particularly concerned about creases around the eyes. I have two older sisters, 14 and 17 years older than me, so I know what’s in store for me in terms of crows feet.

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Day Moisturiser – YSL Forever Youth Liberator Fluid €77. I bought this in duty free thinking that combining this with the serum would definitely improve results. Again it’s a good moisturiser but it doesn’t light my fire. I bought the fluid instead of the cream because I have oily/combo skin. Since it’s so expensive I only use two pumps on my whole face, so it has lasted ages but in this frosty weather two pumps just don’t seem soothing enough. That said I probably will be tempted to but it again at some stage, but I’m already on the look out for something else for when it runs out. Now someone older might see better results and love it, just bear in mind that I haven’t been ravished by time too badly, yet.

Night Cream – Vichy Liftactiv Nuit €32. Vichy again. This is a great night cream and the day version is just as good and maybe my go to next time I need to purchase a day cream if nothing else entices me. I have repurchased both many times, I like to wait for boots 3 for 2. It’s a great product for the price. It feels really luxurious but not too heavy for my oily skin.

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So that’s all my regular products. Seeing the prices listed out like that is a bit shocking. When you pick bits and pieces up here and there you don’t realise just how much you are spending. I like trying higher end products, but as you can see by my love of Vichy you don’t have to spend big to get great quality.

The Obligatory Introduction

So what can I say about me, as little as possible preferably. I should tell you that I’m not a trained beautician or stylist, nor am I necessarily beautiful or stylish. However, I like beauty products and fashion and I try (try being the operative word). I may not always get it right, but at least I make an effort. I buy lots (too much) so I might as well write about it so readers can use my experiences to decide what to try or skip for themselves.

I’m a bit of an easy sell. I often buy into the hype around new make up and skin care products. I want to believe that there is a miracle in a jar, however, the reality is usually far from. So hopefully my experiences and opinions can save you from spending on products that just don’t live up to the hype.

I also have a love/hate relationship with the gym. Don’t worry I wont bang on about it, but may refer to it now and again. I’ve have found that when I can’t be arsed the best thing to do is sign up for some local challenges (adventure race or 10k fun run) and pay for it. That way the money spent motivates me to get out training and get my moneys worth. This year’s ambitions are a half marathon and a local annual adventure race.

I live in a small town on the west coast of Ireland. I especially love handbags and shoes (they always fit no matter how good or bad you have been). I’m usually fairly quiet so I doubt my post will be long winded. I suppose anything else about me can be revealed as we go along. I’m starting this blog as a hobby, so be kind as I’m learning as I go.