CURRENT GO TO EASY EYE LOOK

I know I showed you these shadows before in this post about all the Shadow Pots in Max Factors Wild range, but I have been doing this look a lot lately. I thought I would share this look with you all for a few reasons: (1) because I have been using it for both day and night (2) with the upcoming party season it’s an easy look to take you from work to night out (3) all the products are relatively inexpensive and (4) all the products are fairly accessible because you will find them all in pharmacies, so no need for an trip into a busy city to find a department store.
Products used:

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Mascara – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess
Liner – Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in Bronze
Crease & Outer Corner – Max Factor Shadow Pot in Ferocious black
Lid – Max Factor Shadow Pot in Feral Brown

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What products do you rely on for a quick and easy day to night look?

MY CURRENT DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE

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It feels like it’s been a while since I last did a post on my skincare routine. I love reading these posts by other people but when it comes to listing out all the products that I use, I cringe a bit. It always seems like so many products and so much money for one little face. But you know what, why should I feel bad for wanting to look my best. A little care and attention to your appearance gives people the impression that you make an effort in everything you do. I have actually scaled the number of products down a bit. I try not to use separate products for night and day if I can help it. I prefer quality products that can be used both day and night, so the bathroom isn’t clogged up with products. That’s not to say that I won’t be tempted by some fancy all singing and all dancing night cream (actually I have one in mind already). The one thing I am missing right now is a good eye cream so feel free to recommend one that you think is brilliant.
First up, Cleansers:

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L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution – I use a Micellar Solution to cleanse my skin in the mornings, it’s quick and easy.
La Roche Posay Physiological Foaming Water – this is what I use to remove my makeup at night. It’s quickly and easily removes all traces of makeup and it’s gentle on my skin.

Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel
Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel – I recently reviewed this here so I won’t say too much about it now except that I use it a couple times a week and it leaves my skin feeling amazing.

Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Scrub
Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub – I keep this one in my gym bag to remove makeup and sweat after a workout. I told you in my last skincare post here, that I thought Neutrogena’s Grapefruit Scrub smelled horrendous but worked great. This smells better; it has a mild cucumber scent but unfortunately doesn’t clean my skin nearly as well as the Grapefruit one.

Serum and Moisturiser:

Clarins Double Serum
Clarins Double Serum – I reviewed this before here, I liked it so much I bought it again recently. It hydrates my skin really well.

Clarins Multi-Active Day
Clarins Multi – Active Day – this is my first time using this. It’s aimed at 30 somethings and suits my combo to oily skin. I find its good enough for day and night, but if your skin is really dry you may need a heavier night cream.

So there it all is, do you use any of these products? Any little gems you think I should try next?

L’OREAL SKIN PERFECTION MOISTURISER AND SERUM: REVIEW

I have been using both of these for the last eight weeks; I wanted to give them a through testing before I posted my review. L’Oreal’s new Skin Perfection range is aimed at twenty to thirty years olds that want quality skincare at affordable prices. I am clinging on for dear life at the upper end of the suggested age range here but I still appreciate the cute girlie pink packaging. The plus side is that I picked both these up in Boots at a third off the retail prices. The Advanced Correcting Serum retails at €29.99 and the Correcting Day Moisturiser is €22.99 so even at full price they are still great value.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection
They are both “enriched with PERLINE-P,” which “helps correct and improve the appearance of skin quality, as if perfected. Picture perfect skin from every angle.” The Advanced Correcting Serum is also enriched with LR 2412, which is the same high tech ingredient in Lancôme’s Visionnarie Serum. The L’Oreal serum has LR 2412 at half the strength of the Lancôme Visionnarie but remember it’s only a fraction of the price. LR 2412 “optimises the structure of the epidermis to improve the quality of skin’s appearance.”

L'Oreal Skin Perfection
Now for the important bit, me and what I think of these two. I have to say that right after using them I do notice that my skin feels nice and smooth. These are suitable for all skin types; I’m combo to oily and got on really well with them. My skin is well moisturised without being shiny or greasy. I haven’t had any spots or blotches, which can sometimes happen to me with new products. The appearance of my pores is quite good. While I can’t say they are definitely visibly reduced, I think that the appearance of my pores has improved. I am really impressed with these for the price and I have enjoyed using them both. My skin looks and feels healthy. I would be tempted to repurchase these but I think I may need to admit that it’s time for something with more anti-aging benefits.

EYE LOOK WITH MAC GREENLUXE VELUXE PEARLFUSION SHADOW

I have been dying to show you this since I got it. I have been playing around with it quite a bit and this is my favourite look. I picked it up in The Loop at Dublin airport for €34; I think it’s €40 at MAC counters.

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There are five shades in this compact making it really handy to keep in your makeup bag. The quality is what you would expect from MAC; they are soft, creamy and easy to blend. I am showing you a night time look below but you could use the middle shadow for a simple day look. The second shadow down from the top is really glittery and I will probably use it a lot over the Christmas festivities, either on its own or layered over other shadows to make them more Crimbo party-esque (I’m making words up now but I’m sure you know exactly what I mean). The top shadow has become my new favourite highlighter and the bottom is great for a smoky eye; it’s a great alternative to the usual greys and blacks.
So here is my look:

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Brows: MAC Omega

Crease: bottom shade

Lid – Outer 2/3: second from bottom

Lid – Inner 1/3: middle shade

Inner Corner & Under Outer Brow highlight: top shade

Liner: Bourjois Khol & Countour in Bronze Raffinè

Mascara: L’Oreal volume Million Lashes Noir Excess

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Have you tried any of MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion Palettes?

L’OREAL SUPER LINER EYE LINER BLACKBUSTER: REVIEW AND EYE LOOK

L'Oreal Blackcuster

I’ve always been a bit afraid of liquid formula eyeliners. Lining my eyes is one of the last things I do when applying my makeup. I do all my face stuff first, then my eyes and eyeliner and mascara are the final two products. So I fear making a mistake with a thick black liquid, because if I can’t tidy it up, I’ll need to wash my face and start again. (I know I could do my eyes first but habits are hard to break, it feels all wrong) For me, pencil is just so much easier to work with and tidy up if need be. You can always smudge eye shadow over pencil liner to soften the look but liquid liner is supposed to be sharp and precise. The line is supposed to be perfect and a steady hand I am not. I never would have made it as a surgeon, even if I was smart enough.

L'Oreal Super Liner Blackbuster

I won a bunch of L’Oreal goodies on frillseeker.ie a while back and this was one of the products in the pack. Immediately I thought Blackbuster would be the end of my liquid eyeliner fears because it’s “an intense graphic eyeliner, with a striking black pigment that lasts for 8 hours. Inspired to re-create a catwalk look, with the thickest liner yet. An error proof, smooth guide, easy to use marker pen. The innovative “black ink formula” creates a striking bold look, which lasts. The formula also enables an easy to apply and remove application.” Error proof sounds right up my alley! Surprisingly you can get a very narrow line with the tip of the marker, or press the side of the nib to your skin to get a much ticker line.

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While it does glide on smooth, lasts all day and it is easy to remove, I’m not sure I would say error proof but maybe the problem here is me. I have been practising and I am getting better. I thought the thickness of the marker would make it easier to use but now I’m thinking maybe it’s more of a hindrance. Well anyway it is a good product and I’m sure someone with a steadier hand and more practice under their belt will probably find this a cinch to use.

So here it is in action:

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Products used:

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(Jest)

Primer: MAC Painterly
Crease: MAC Blackberry
Lid: MAC Jest
Brows: MAC Omega
Liner Upper Lashes: L’Oreal Blackbuster
Liner Lower Lashes: MAC Coffee
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

How do you get on with liquid liners and what’s your favorite one?

LOREAL GLAM SHINE STAIN SPLASH IN 102 ROMY: REVIEW AND PICTURES

L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Romy

This is another of the L’Oreal products that I won in a competition on frillseeker.ie. The Glam Shine Stains have been hailed as dupes for YSL Glossy Stains. I haven’t tried any of the YSL Glossy Stains so I’ll stick to telling you about the Shine Stain that I have here called Romy.

L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Romy

This is a gloss that stains the lips, after the gloss wears off you still have a matte stain left to colour your lips so it’s kind of longwearing in that sense. The gloss lasts about two to four hours depending on how much I drink or eat and the stain has lasted about six hours. The gloss looks like it will be sheer but is actually fairly opaque and you can layer it up to full opacity. It has a doe foot applicator, which makes for easy application. The formula is smooth and comfortable enough to wear. It looks kinda thick and like it would be really sticky but it is surprisingly not sticky at all on the lips. It does dry out my lips if I don’t use a balm underneath, and I often apply once and then just use a balm over the stain throughout the day for a more subtle hint of colour (you might remember I’m not one for lipstick on a regular basis).

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The colour does not look the same on my lips as it does in the tube. I’ve read a few reviews of these and apparently it’s the same with all the shades; they all look very different on the lips compared to in the tube. So choosing the perfect shade to suit you won’t be easy but it adds an element of fun and surprise. In the tube Romy looks like it will be light to medium mauve pink but on my lips it’s more of a darker plum tone. I actually prefer the colour on my lips as it suits me better than a mauve pink would.

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(1st Picture bare lips, all the rest with Romy)

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(this pic was taken after a few hours wear, gloss gone but lips still stained)

Have you tried any of these Glam Shine Stains? If you have tried both these and the YSL Glossy Stains, how do these compare?

PACKING SKINCARE AND MAKEUP FOR HOLIDAYS

I am facing into the impossible task of trying to choose what products to bring with me on holidays to Portugal. I’m not a hand luggage only kinda gal and since I am going for ten days, I’ll need adequate supplies. We are staying in a five star (save your “ooh, no recession round here” because we got a good deal on alpharooms.com when we booked way back in January) so I expect the toiletries in the room will be decent but I still prefer to have my products with me. You never know how you might react to something when you factor in the extra heat of a sun holiday. So what’s making the cut?

Facial Skincare:

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Cleanser: La Roche Posey Physiological Foam Water, I reviewed the gel version of this here, I liked it so much I went to repurchase it but was tempted to try the foaming version for a change.
Serum & Moisturiser: L’Oreal Skin Perfection, I’ve only started using these so I will do a full review when I’ve given them a full trial, but initial impressions are very good.
Eye Cream: Sample size of Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Hair and Body:

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Body Wash: Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla
Shampoo and Conditioner Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturising range
Deodorant: Dove Invisible Dry Compressed

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Sun Screens: Piz Buin Tan Accelerator, SPF 15 & 6, believe it or not I can tan

Obviously I wouldn’t go to a warm country without adequate primers:

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MAC Prep & Prime for under foundation
MAC Prep & Prime BB Cream for occasional day use instead of foundation
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for eyelid primer

The old reliables for a perfect base:

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Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour
Colour Corrector: Bobbi Brown – under eyes
Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear
Finishing Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Light
Contour: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Medium Deep

Now the fun stuff, eyes:

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MAC Mineralise Eyeshadows in Fireside, Twilight Falls, and Summer Haze
MAC Eyeshadows in Omega (for Brows) Satin Taupe, All That Glitters, and Nylon (to use as a highlighter)

Liners: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bronze & Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Black Violet
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

Blush & Lips:

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MAC Powder Blush in Peaches (my all-time favourite)
Dior Addict in Jet Set
Clarins Joli Rouge in Sweet Plum

I know it seems like a lot but I am sure I am forgetting something (I might leave out some of the eyeshadows). Any other suggestions, anything important that I am leaving out?