Pantene Pro-v Strength and Shine 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules

Just in case the Youth Protect 7 Range from Pantene that I showed you last week wasn’t enough to repair your tresses I have another little hero product from Pantene to tell you about. The Strength and Shine 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules help repair the damage done by colouring your hair in just one minute. I have been colouring my hair for years so I was delighted when these arrived in the post.

Pantene Pro-v Strength and Shine 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules
I thought this would be like the conditioners you get in home hair colouring kits. They are similar in that you use one once a week and you leave it for a minute or so before rinsing. Like those conditioners, it also leaves hair soft and silky. The difference is in the final results. The Strength and Shine 1 Minute Wonder repairs damage already done and helps protect it from future damage to leave hair strong and shiny. What really impressed me was that it didn’t weigh my hair down like the home hair colouring kit conditioners. They normally leave my hair really flat but the 1 Minute Wonder left it with body as well as lots of shine.

There are three in a pack for about €5.69. My hair is straight and fine so half of the ampoule is enough for one application meaning a pack should last me 6 weeks, so it’s really good value for me. If you have thick or frizzy hair you may need to use the whole vial but it’s still a good price for shiny healthy hair.


Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

Way back when I was a broke student and all I could afford was a budget brand foundation my foundation of choice was Max Factor. Being honest though, it was the best of a bad bunch. Now that I have a pay check going into my bank account every week, I am a bit of a foundation snob. Budget brand cosmetics have really come a long way since those days, offering quality products at purse friendly prices. But as I said I’m a bit of a foundation snob so I very rarely buy a foundation that’s not from a luxury brand. For me to buy it there needs to be a lot of hype and good reviews saying its perfect my combo oily skin. On the other hand, if its sent to me to try, like this was, I waste no time in getting it on my face because at heart, I’m a beauty junkie and I love trying new things.

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This is the first whipped crème / mousse type foundation that I have tried and even though I know Max Factor have been turning out some little gems lately, I was still really surprised. I thought the formula would be fussy and awkward to blend in but I was wrong; it’s so easy to work with, and blends evenly in seconds. The coverage is medium and buildable but it feels really light on the skin. They call the finish demi-matte, which to me means not chalky but not shiny and greasy either; it’s that perfect balance in between. The lasting power is pretty good too. I always use MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural as a finishing powder. Without the finishing powder it lasts the whole work day, and with it, it lasts longer than I’m willing to stay awake.
The pictures below show just why I am so impressed with this little pot. It photographs really well. I thought the pictures with the foundation came out blurred the first time so I photographed it again a second day only to realise it’s the foundation that blurs imperfections in the pictures. That’s why you can’t see any pores or lines; it’s not down to any fancy filters or other settings on the camera. All the settings are the same in all the pictures. The first picture is my bare face, in case you can’t tell. The second is with just the Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation and the third is when I used the Whipped Creme foundation instead of my usual foundation in my normal makeup routine, which is foundation, concealer, finishing powder, contouring under cheek bones, blush, brows filled in, and highlighter under brow bones and on top of cheek bones.

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The good news is it’s €12.99. So will you be running or walking to get it?


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I can’t believe that it’s the Friday of a bank holiday; I so haven’t got the giddy feeling yet. Maybe it’s because we are so busy at work and I have a stupid head cold. Anyway back to the outfit. I’m never really sure where I stand on paisley print. I take it on a case by case basis. What sold this dress to me is the green, as usual. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with having a favourite colour, but you do need to try and mix it up and embrace other colours as well.

The other great thing about this dress is the mock wrap style; a wrap style dress is one of the most flattering shapes you can get. The dress is Apricot from New Look. This blazer has featured on the blog loads of times before in an array of different colours. It’s Cutie from

Blazers are not everyone’s thing so here it is with a waterfall style cardigan from Penneys. You can still look nice while being warm and cosy. I think the waterfall style takes away the frump normally associated with cardigans.

This necklace is from Awear. It’s quite the statement piece with all the gold bling but it looks just as good with a busy print as it does with a plain t-shirt.

These slouchy faux suede boots are from Penneys. If you have been following the blog then you will know all about how much I love these boots.
Where do you stand on paisley print, love it, or is it for ties and curtains only?


Pantene Youth Protect 7

Pantene Pro-V have launched their new Youth Protect 7 range and I have the Shampoo, Conditioner, 2 min Rejuvenating Conditioner and BB Crème to tell you about. I know what you are thinking; anti-aging and BB crèmes for hair, give me a break. I’ll admit, I’m spending more and more on anti-aging skincare, but I haven’t given anti-aging hair care a single thought until these were sent to me to try. But think about it for a minute; shiny, full and bouncy hair really does give that youthful glow. There is no point in spending lots of money on expensive skincare if dry, brittle, thin and damaged hair is going to give the game away. Pantene’s Youth Protect 7 range is the first to bridge how we care for our hair with how we already care for our skin.
As for the individual products:

Pantene Youth Protect 7 Shampoo and Conditioner
The Shampoo is a light weight formula that cleanses hair and strengthens it to protect it from breakage. (€3.45)
The conditioner nourishes and repairs damage while also strengthening from breakage all without weighing it down. (€3.45)

Pantene Youth Protect 7 Rejuvenating Conditoner
The Rejuvenating Conditioner is a 2 minute treatment which delivers intense nourishment to the hair. (€5.69)

Pantene Youth Protect 7 BB Creme
And then the BB Crème, I know we may be feeling a bit BB, and CC’d out at the moment but we’ll forgive this for its name because it is a great product. It’s a light weight leave-in formula that gives hair a shiny and silky smooth finish. It also protects hair from damage and styling. (€8.99)
In the interest of research for the blog I used all of the above products together to see how my hair would turn out. I was afraid my hair would end up greaser after, than it was before. I needn’t have worried. I was surprised by how full and bouncy my hair was after using all these conditioning and nourishing products. Those words usually mean your hair will be shiny but flat. My hair was really lifted at the roots for me styling it myself. All I did was the usual blow-dry my hair upside down and then turn the ends in. So the final result is shiny swishy hair that smells really pretty. Me likes, me likes a lot.

Do you plan on starting an anti-aging regime for your hair?


Max Factor Wild Shadow Pencils

(top to bottom: Savage Silver, Brazen Gold, Caramel Rage, Vicious Moss, Fierce Lime, Blue Ice Fury, Bold Sapphire)

Want to meet my new favourite things? Last week I was lucky enough to be sent Max Factor’s new Wild Shadow Pencils from their Wild Collection and I haven’t stopped playing with them since. These bad boys are gel pencils that can be used either as eyeliner, or all over the lid as a shadow. There are so many options with these, I’ve smudged them roughly with my finger, blended carefully with brushes and drawn more precise lines with the tip sharpened. They are soft and creamy; they blend easily and don’t drag on your lid. The fact that they are a pencil makes them ideal for chucking in your bag so you can later transform your look from day to night when heading straight out after work, which is more likely to happen over the upcoming festive period. They take up very little space in your bag, you don’t need any other tools and unlike little eye shadow pots, won’t break open and spill coloured powder all over the inside of your bag.


The colours are very bright and vibrant; however they are surprising wearable for both day and night. On Friday morning, I didn’t have enough time to apply eye makeup, but like a spoilt child, I had to get at least one of the colours on my face, I was dying to try them. So I scribbled Caramel Rage (05) on my lid, rubbed quickly with my finger and they quickly lined my eyes with Vicious Moss (13); it took only a matter of seconds. I was heading out later that night but my makeup was still perfect so I just went over the eyes again with the pencils. The pictures below are of the night look, I never got around to taking a picture earlier in the day.

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For the look below, I blended Savage Silver (25) into the crease and then lined around my eyes with it. I put a small sweep of Brazen Gold (40) in the center of the lid.

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I used the two blues in this last look. I was both curious and afraid of the blue. I like it on other people but I’m always afraid it will make me look like a granny so I went with a softly, softly approach with these two. I lined my eyes with Bold Sapphire (35) and blended it into the outer corners. I then blended Blue Ice Fury (45) across the lid.

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I have oily lids so I always use MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a primer. The shadows pencils last really well over Painterly; I’m well impressed with the lasing power. I have seven of the eight shades, the other one is Unlimited Pink (20). I haven’t gotten around to using Fierce Lime (10) yet but it is a gorgeous colour and I will show you a look with it soon. They are €7.49 each. How many will you be buying?


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Its Friday again, squee! There has been a lot of talk about tartan this autumn, apparently it’s big. If like me, red just isn’t your colour then don’t worry because tartan comes in loads of colours other than the obvious red. I’ve seen a gorgeous green and purple tartan skirt, but it’s a similar skater shape to this skirt that I am showing you today, so I’m holding out in hopes that I find a skirt in the same colour but different shape.

This skirt is Savida from Dunnes. I love the pleats and buttons on this. It’s the little details that can make a piece stand out. People are surprised when I say it’s from Dunnes (no offense Dunnes).

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This ASOS polo is no ordinary black polo. There are lots of little details that make this anything but plain, such as the pleated neck and covered buttons with a keyhole at the back, as well as the pleating on the front and ¾ sleeves.

These slouchy suede-like boots are from Penneys. They are definitely not real suede but that doesn’t matter because they were inexpensive, however they are actually comfortable and I love the look of them. I love them so much I bought a spare black pair for when these fall apart as well as a dark brown pair and a pair in beige. What can I say I love a slouchy boot.

Are you rocking any tartan this autumn? Any nice pieces you think I should check out?


Pixy Soothing Body Balm

Today I have another tin of Pixy goodness to tell you about. I’ve told you before that I don’t usually have dry skin. I may have also mentioned once or twice (or ten times) that I am training for an adventure race (Westport Sea 2 Summit), which takes place on November 9th. It was particularly windy last Saturday while I was out hiking and cycling for four hours. To say my skin was a little dry when I got home is putting it mildly. While not quite suffering from frost bite, my hands weren’t far off chapped. Let’s just say I am more than grateful that the Pixy Soothing Body Balm was sent to me the week before too bad I hadn’t tried it before heading out.

Pixy Soothing Body Balm
Pixy’s Soothing Body Balm is packed full of all kinds of natural ingredients to protect, moisturise and heal the skin. It has Cocoa and Shea Butters along with Calendula Natural Oil for deep hydration. There is also Ylang Ylang and Lavender Essential Oils, which are antiseptic and help heal skin without blocking pores. While it’s called a balm, the texture is more like a light mousse, so it’s easy to apply and quickly absorbed, not to mention a little goes a long way. At €12.99 for 100ml its good value considering how little you need to cover a large area; a tin should last ages.

I have been slathering this all over after my shower but I am also using it more regularly on my hands instead of my usual hand cream. My hands now look like Saturday never happened and the rest of my skin is also really soft and hydrated. I will definitely be continuing to use this to protect my skin from the cold and wind (along with getting proper full finger cycling gloves, of course).

Have you tried this yet? What do you use when skin gets rough?