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Mar. 27.

Best of Beauty: Beauty Bloggers

bloggers It’s the final week of the Best in Beauty series, organised by Sam the sexy Scottish lassie from All the Buzz. It’s been a great 8 weeks, where we’ve covered the entire beauty spectrum. And for our final week this week, we have our best beauty bloggers.

I personally have a great big problem with this topic, as it would be wrong of me to mention just one, or 5, or 10 people in this post.

Instead, I want to thank every one of you for reading this, and staying with me over the past 8 weeks of the Best of Beauty series, and for commenting and sharing your views, both here and on your own blogs. I wouldn’t be here waffling on about everything if it weren’t for you. Well, actually, I would, but it would just be me and the big emptiness of cyberspace, and that’s not much fun really.

I do hope you’ll stick with me beyond the Best of Beauty posts, as I share whatever it is that comes into my head about any particular topic.

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Oh, and to answer the question of Best Beauty Bloggers in as few words as possible (I had to pad this out just enough for to get a decent post out of it) : YOU ARE!

Robyn

 

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Mar. 20.

Best of Beauty: Beauty Treatment

NOTD-French-ThumbIt’s week 7, the penultimate week of the Best of Beauty Challenge, organised by the amazing Samantha, blogger extraordinare of All the Buzz. We’ve talked about skin, hair, pamper products, princess and bargain buys, and now it’s the turn of our favourite beauty treatments.

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There’s only one thing that springs to mind when I think about favourite beauty treatments, and that is anything to do with a mani or pedi. Whether it’s with polish, gel, or a shellac style hybrid I’m all over it. There is nothing more relaxing than having your hands and feet preened, pampered and polished by experts, leaving you to feel like a goddess. It is honestly one of the nicest feelings in the world, even if I also collect polish and like doing things myself.

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I’ll have  to add to this, that given a choice I would always go for a shellac style mani or pedi. Gels and acrylics are great and last for ages, but they require lots of maintenance and can look so overly artificial (but I have had some good ones before) while regular polish suffers from the dreaded chip and smudge effect, which is a bit of a downer after a lovely treatment. Shellac style is the best of both, and while it looks amazing for the couple of weeks you have it, is easy to replace.

What are your favourite beauty treatments? Are you a mani girl like myself, or do you prefer facials, peels, or waxing. Please do share below!

Robyn

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Mar. 13.

Best of Beauty: Budget Bargain

maybelline-thumbIt’s Week 6 of the Best of Beauty Blog Challenge, organised by Beauty Blogger, Best Friend to everyone and now Radio DJ Samantha from All the Buzz (is there anything she doesn’t do?). We’re on opposite sides of the spectrum this week. Last week was our Princess Product choices, while this week it’s the turn of our Budget Bargains!

Now, we have these caterpillar like things above our eyes that we’re always trying to tame. They’re called “brows”, and I used to use Benefit’s Brow Zings on them, until I found this. It’s by Maybelline and it’s called Brown Drama and it looks like this.

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Yep, it’s a mascara tube. But not just any mascara tube. This is specially designed for brows. And it tames brows so incredibly well. It led to someone complimenting my brows on my recent FOTD, which never EVER happens!

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The bulbous brush is great for sweeping through brows, and the medium brown shade it ideal for me. It really has made doihng my brows a 1 second job. Result!

Maybelline Brow Drama is available from Maybelline Stands nationwide and costs €7.49 (checked on Boots.ie today)

Have you tried this? What are your budget bargains? As always, the comments await!

Robyn

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Mar. 06.

Best of Beauty: Princess Product

ud-thWelcome to week 5 of the Best of Beauty challenge, as set by the Superb Sam from All the Buzz (Side note: Did you see her new logo? I did that :-)) We’ve had Skincare Saviours, Hair Heroes, Makeup Must-Haves and Pamper Products. Now it’s the turn of Princess Products. Y’know, that one high end product you just can’t live without.

Now, on this I must note, I don’t really have much by way of Princess Products, as I really can’t afford nor justify spending so much on high end when chemist brands do so much too. That said, I do occasionally treat myself. I have a Chanel nail polish. Benefit is one of my favourite brands. But, I’m not talking about either of these today. What I’m going to talk about is a palette. A palette of remarkable beauty and use. A palette that is one of many sisters, and has countless cousins. It is of course the Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay.

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When I’m looking for a neutral eye, I can make it up from numerous single or duo shadows, my Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette, or this beauty. And this is what I reach for time and time again, as it is just so versatile. 1 palette, too many combinations, that can be put together for any occasion, from day to night, office to party to bedroom. The fact that it also includes a brush is a bonus, as it then becomes a grab and go palette.

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Okay, it’s €44 (or there about, depending on offers) but if you consider the fact that it’s for 12 shadows, brush, mini lipgloss and case it suddenly appears as great value for a truly exceptional palette.

So, do I have people reading this who love to get Naked? What are your Princess Products? Are you more of a cheap and cheerful girl? As always, the comments await!

Robyn

 

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Feb. 27.

Best of Beauty: Pamper Products

BOB-thWelcome to Week 4 of the Best of Beauty Series, organised by Samantha from All the Buzz, and the halfway point. Today we’re talking about pamper products. Those things we go for when we need a bit of me time.

Baths are a bit non-existent around here. We have a bath, but we never get time to actually use it, which is a bit of a pain. If you can get bath time, do, but aside from that check out my favourite pamper products!

The Fluffy Gown:

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We all need one of these, and the fluffy pyjamas to go with it. Get them on, sit back and relax!

Netflix (or similar):

Image creditt: Wikimedia Commons

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Gown? Check! Snacks? Check! Film or box set? Stick your favourite movie or TV show on, and you’re set for the next few hours. Excellent.

Face Mask:

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Put on your favourite face mask, especially if your life is too hectic to do things any other time. I particularly like this Tea Tree one from Boots, which works very well with my skin, and gives you the peely offy bit at the end. Quite relaxing really!

Polish Box:

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What better time to take care of the hard-working fingers and toes. Grab your polish box (this one’s mine) pick out your favourite colour, or colours and get creative!

What do you do for your pamper routine? What would you add to the list? I’d add wine or cocktails, but I can’t be seen to condone alcoholism. As always the comments await!

Robyn

 

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Feb. 20.

Best of Beauty: Makeup Must Have

makeup-thWelcome to Week 3 of the Best of Beauty Challenge, as organised by Sam from All The Buzz. We’ve already had our skincare saviours and hair heroes. This week we’re talking Makeup Must-Haves.

As a blogger, there is a simple answer to this…

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EVERYTHING!!

(Note: It took 30 minutes of set up and 20 of clear up for this 1 shot. I must be bloody crazy!)

On the other hand, there’s a good chance you can’t have everything, in which case I’ll have to narrow it down a bit. Let’s blue sky this one (thinking outside the box in marketing jargon). My makeup must have is actually not makeup at all! (Gasp! Shock Horror!) It is…

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The makeup brush! I’ll admit that for a while I didn’t believe in them, and I’ll also admit that I was a right idiot for thinking it. My makeup application has improved so much from having the right tools, and I can get better results from not as high end makeup, than from not using brushes. If you’re not using makeup brushes, stop reading, go outside and kick yourself up and down the street for such a mistake. Then come back and we’ll continue. I’ll wait for you…

Back? Good! Yes, I know makeup brushes are expensive, and you may no be willing to fork out a huge amount in 1 go. I agree completely. There is, however, no excuse for not slowly building a collection. Buy one or two, or a small set at a time. That way you are building up a collection, without a huge initial outlay, and they can be  called an investment, as if taken care of, they will last forever!

So, do you agree with me? What are your favourite brushes? (I love my Blank Canvas set by the way!) Let me know below in the comments!

Robyn

Best of beauty blog series:

  • Week 1: Skincare Saviours
  • Week 2: Hair Heroes 
  • Week 3: Makeup Must-Have
  • Week 4: Pamper Products (27 Feb)
  • Week 5: Princess Product (6 Mar)
  • Week 6: Budget Bargain (13 Mar)
  • Week 7: Beauty Treatment (20 Mar)
  • Week 8: Beauty Bloggers (27 Mar)

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Feb. 13.

Best of Beauty: Hair Heroes

haircare-thWelcome to week 2 of the Best of Beauty series, organised by the amazing Sam from All the Buzz (love you Sam!) Last week was skincare saviours. Now it’s time for those things my hair couldn’t live without – my hair heroes!

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Charles Worthington Full Volume Range: Shampoo (Not pictured), Conditioner, Texturising Spray:

Originally recommended to me by Paula of Cornflakegirls Musings, these are my go to products for every other day use. They add great volume to my otherwise fine hair, without weighing my hair down. Sadly I’ve run out of the shampoo and am almmost out of the conditioner, so I am on the lookout for them. They seem to have disappeared from the couple of Boots nearest to me.

L’Oreal Professionel Spiral Splendour Curl Setting Cream:

My hairdresser always uses this on my hair, as there is no point in blowdrying my hair straight. Once it gets wet it goes back to its usual frizzy self. This sets the curls into place, leaving them looking great. At home I run a little bit of this through sections of hair, scrunch the hair up, then hit it with the hairdryer. Great curls in minutes!

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Honourable Mention:

Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo & Conditioner:

Yes, I know this is a free sample package of the Mane ‘n Tail. I find these great for when you’ll be away for a couple of days, as they take up no space at all. They saved my hair when I was in hospital. I’m so happy with these, that I think I will be buying full versions of them in the near future. Great stuff.

So, what do you think? Have you tried any of these, and would you recommend them? As always, the comments await!

Robyn

 

Best of beauty blog series:

  • Week 1: Skincare Saviours
  • Week 2: Hair Heroes 
  • Week 3: Makeup Must-Have (20 Feb)
  • Week 4: Pamper Products (27 Feb)
  • Week 5: Princess Product (6 Mar)
  • Week 6: Budget Bargain (13 Mar)
  • Week 7: Beauty Treatment (20 Mar)
  • Week 8: Beauty Bloggers (27 Mar)

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Feb. 06.

Best of Beauty: Skincare Saviours

Vichy-thHi, and welcome to the first of my Best of Beauty series, devised by the gorgeous, intelligent, kind, totally awesome, but sadly not single, Sam from All the Buzz. Every Thursday I will be sharing my Best of Beauty, starting today with week 1, and my skincare saviours.

My skin is a combination of normal to dry, so at times it does need a bit of help, but at the same time I don’t want to use anything too harsh on it, as that will just make things worse. These little beauties are just the ticket.

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On the face:

You’ll see I have much love for Vichy products here. They are not overly expensive, are very effective, and most of all are gentle on my skin. In fact, all of these are due for repurchase soon, as they are all just about out.

Vichy Idealia Cream (€26/50ml – Boots.ie / SamMcCauley.com): I use this day and night, and my skin laps it up. It smells great too thanks to the Kombucha tea extract.

Vichy Purete Thermale One Step Cleanser (€13.95/200ml – SamMcCauley.com): I find this to be a more heavy duty cleanser than the Micellar Solution below, but is still very gentle. It is also great for taking off even the most stubborn eye makeup.

Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Solution (€13.95/200ml – SamMcCauley.com): This is a great day to day cleanser. It is very light, and still quite powerful. It is more suited to day to day makeup, but even using it around the eyes it does not cause irritation, unless you’re pouring in serious amounts.

On the Body:

Not everything has to be upmarket. These next two are cheap as chips, and are HUGE! Seriously, look at the size of them! They’ll go on forever!

Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff (€7.99/200ml – Cloud10Beauty.com): The pink scrubby exfoliatey one. You don’t really need to use this one all over that often, but on areas that are known to suffer from slightly harder, tougher skin, a little bit of this will soon have it back in shape. It’s followed up by…

Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip (€7.99/200ml – Cloud10Beauty.com): The chocolately, flowery, skin softener supreme. This smells gorgeous, soaks in super easily and punches far above what it’s price would have you think. If you haven’t heard of these yet, what rock have you been living under? Get out from there and get them NOW!

Honourable Mentions:

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I haven’t included these above as they’re not things I would use every day, but if you’re looking for a bit of a skincare treat, these are worth considering.

Benefit B.Right Refined Finish Facial Polish (€27.50/127.5g – Debenhams.ie): I love using this once a week to help clear away any build up of dead skin cells. It’s super gentle, a little bit goes a long way, and I love the packaging. It is not the cheapest out there, but it does a great job for the price.

Benefit B.Right Ultra Radiance Facial Rehydrating Mist (€30/133.1ml – Debenhams.ie): Work in an office? Feel yourself drying out from heat in summer and heaters in winter. This is the thing for you. I originally bought this in duty free in Gatwick as I was trapped indoors for hours and was drying out rapidly. Fortunately this did an amazing job, and I now swear by it. I’m not using it as often while I’m not working, but I always appreciate a moisture boost when I do turn to it. Its light fresh scent is pleasing on the nose too!

So, talk to me. Do you agree with my saviours? Does it inspire you to try any of them? Have you tried any of them already? Let me know in the comments!

Robyn

Best of beauty blog series:

  • Week 1: Skincare Saviours
  • Week 2: Hair Heroes (13 Feb)
  • Week 3: Makeup Must-Have (20 Feb)
  • Week 4: Pamper Products (27 Feb)
  • Week 5: Princess Product (6 Mar)
  • Week 6: Budget Bargain (13 Mar)
  • Week 7: Beauty Treatment (20 Mar)
  • Week 8: Beauty Bloggers (27 Mar)

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