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Apr. 10.

Something Else Saturday: Makeup Revolution Haul

ses-revolution-thI was fortunate enough that on Friday the postman arrived with a package. Just a small package of bits from Makeup Revolution, the young gogetter company from England, who only recently celebrated their first birthday. As they had an offer on to celebrate, where if you spent £25 or more you got freebies worth £26, I felt it would be wrong not to try some bits and pieces. This is what arrived.

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The haul in all its glory

There’s only 17 items there. Not a lot really, but to make it easier to work through, I’m going to break it down into sections. We shall start with face products.

FACE:

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm (£5):

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm outer packaging

Ultra All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm outer packaging

Primer compact

Primer compact

Primer product (not shown: applicator sponge)

Primer product (not shown: applicator sponge)

I ran out of primer recently, so this was a good choice to try a different one. It is tidy, compact and comes with an applicator sponge.

Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blusher – Blushing Heart (£4.99):

Blushing Heart Outer Package

Blushing Heart Outer Package

Blushing Heart Box

Blushing Heart Box

The Blushing Heart (so adorable)

The Blushing Heart (so delightful)

Seriously, how cute is this. I may never use it, it looks so adorable, but I do like how there are three shades included in it.

Vivid Blush Lacquer – O’ Boy (£1.99)

Vivid Blush Lacquer Bottle (pump under protective lid)

Vivid Blush Lacquer Bottle (pump under protective lid)

Very pigmented swatch

Very pigmented swatch

This is a liquid blush with a pump lid, but I will caution you now. Be gentle. This thing is seriously pigmented. I can still see some on my hand from where I touched it on the sheet I was using earlier.

LIPS:

Amazing Care Lipsticks – Electric Love & Love Pink! (£3):

Cute Rose Gold Packaging Boxes

Cute Rose Gold Packaging Boxes

Lipstick Tubes

Lipstick Tubes

Electric Love Bullet & Swatch

Electric Love Bullet & Swatch

Love Pink! Bullet & Swatch

Love Pink! Bullet & Swatch

These are glossy lipsticks with an inner colour core surrounded in an Argan Oil jelly outer. They look like you would have to reapply them often, but your lips would be super comfortable wearing them.

#Liphug – I think you’re amazing (£2.50):

Red #Liphug box

Red #Liphug box

#Liphug tube (longer and slimmer than others)

#Liphug tube (longer and slimmer than others)

I think you're amazing bullet & swatch

I think you’re amazing bullet & swatch

A product named after its own hashtag! A mix of comfort, colour and staying power, it is probably not a shade I would have picked for myself, but I do love the name, and I think I’m amazing too!

Lip Power – Can’t Escape Me & Anticipate It (£3):

Double Ended Lip Powers

Double Ended Lip Powers

Can't Escape Me bullet, gloss & swatches

Can’t Escape Me bullet, gloss & swatches

Anticipate It bullet, gloss & swatches

Anticipate It bullet, gloss & swatches

I do like rooting through my lip drawer for glosses to put on top of lipsticks, and here we have them perfectly matched up into one pack. There’s also two completely different shades here, a vibrant pink and a dark, almost vampy berry.

EYES:

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer – Matte (£2.99):

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer Tube

I Heart Makeup Eye Primer Tube

Eye Primer nozzle & swatch

Eye Primer nozzle & swatch

A large tube of the matte version of the I Heart Makeup Eye Primer. I find myself reaching for the Focus & Fix primer a lot lately, so it will be interesting to see how the two stablemates compare to each other.

Amazing Volume Mascara – Ultra Black (£2):

Amazing Volume Package

Amazing Volume Package

Amazing Volume Mascara Tube

Amazing Volume Mascara Tube

Mascara Brush

Mascara Brush

I’m always confused by products that come in black and beyond black (in this case ultra black) but I can see beyond that. It does also come in a waterproof version, and the brush looks quite nice. I am interested to see if it can do what it says!

Pure Pigments – Levity & Starless (£1):

Pigment Jars. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Pigment Jars. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Swatches. Levity (l) Starless (r)

Swatches. Levity (l) Starless (r)

I already have one of these (a sparkly brown called Grandeur) and happily added Levity, the pinky purple to my basket. As part of the free gift I received the sparkly black, Starless, and… Another Levity. I am guessing the free gift packs were pre picked, and it is luck of the draw, but I am not complaining either way. When applied over a primer to give them something to cling to, these guys pack serious power.

Baked Eyeshadow – Electric Dreams (£2.50):

Baked Shadow Box

Baked Shadow Box

Electric Dreams Shadows

Electric Dreams Shadows

Electric Dreams swatches (l-r from top left)

Electric Dreams swatches (l-r from top left)

Swatching these was a little more difficult than some of the other shadows, mainly as the baking process leaves them a bit drier than normal, and then working dry onto a dry surface is awkward. There is a hint to how pigmented these are, and built onto a primer or worked wet, these could be beautiful! I am also giving away my love of purple here 😉

Palettes:

Here’s the piece de resistance! Three palettes that in most cases do almost everything, and the other is just too spectacular to include in the eye section. Starting with:

I Am Naked (£5.99):

I Am Naked Palette

I Am Naked Palette

I Am Naked Shadows

I Am Naked Shadows

I Am Naked Swatches (l-r from top left shadow, lipstick at end)

I Am Naked Swatches (l-r from top left shadow, lipstick at end)

6 neutral eyeshadows, and a nude lipstick, in 1 cute portable set. It’s all there, ready to go for whenever I want to get naked (stop sniggering, Cat ;-))

Go! To The City (£6.49):

Go! To The City Palette

Go! To The City Palette

Go! To The City Products

Go! To The City Products

Go! To The City swatches (top, middle rows are shadows. Bottom is blush & highlighter)

Go! To The City swatches (top, middle rows are shadows. Bottom is blush & highlighter)

6 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and a highlighter. All pigmented, all colourful, and all ready to go!

Salvation Palette – Give Them Nightmares (£6):

Give Them Nightmares Package

Give Them Nightmares Package

Give Them Nightmares back cover with shadow colours

Give Them Nightmares back cover with shadow colours

Give Them Nightmares Palette

Give Them Nightmares Palette

Give Them Nightmares Shadows

Give Them Nightmares Shadows

Give Them Nightmares swatches (same layout as palette)

Give Them Nightmares swatches (same layout as palette)

12 shimmer shades and 6 matte, at 33p per shadow. That and, well look at it. How gorgeous is everything, EVERYTHING to do with this palette. Never mind nightmares, this is like my dream palette!

So, that is my haul. A lot of fun to be had with it, but tell me, what caught your eye out of everything here?

Robyn

Note: While some products were free, they were a gift with purchase, and were not given for review consideration.

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Aug. 30.

Something Else Saturday: Holyhead Haul

ses-holyhead-thFor those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, I was in Holyhead during the week, for the fun of it really, but I did get a little chance to do some shopping. Today, for Something Else Saturday, let’s have a look at what I picked up.

Makeup:

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MUA Undressed Palette – £4 – I really can’t get enough of neutral eye shadows, and this palette has a great mix of mattes and shimmers. I am yet to try out eyeshadows from MUA, so I will be interested in how this fares for £4.

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MUA Starry Night Palette – £4 – Another palette along the lines of the Undressed one, but with more greys and darks, ideal for night out eyes. Again I look forward to trying this out and seeing what the shadows are like.

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MUA Pro Base Eye Primer – £1 – I admit, I have never used a dedicated eye primer, usually favouring a cream shadow as a base. For £1, I felt there is not much to lose by giving this a go.

Shoes:

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Trainers£20 £10 – Okay, well everyone should have a pair of trainers, for when you are just lounging about at home and don’t need to get dressed up.

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Flat Shoes£22 £9 – Having been practically living in my black and white flat shoes from Penneys, they are rapidly approaching the end of their life, but these are super cute and super comfortable. Just what I need!

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Heels£26 £5 – Look at the price and the shoes. How could I say no to them for just £5?!?!

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Eccles Cakes – My dad’s favourite cakes. I was under fairly simple instructions – “Get them or don’t come home” so I brought back 12. They lasted 24 hours. I guess I will have to go and get more at some point.

Toiletries – Again for my Dad, who has travelling to do for work over the next month. I was much better off picking the travel sizes up in Holyhead for £1 each, as opposed to €3 each over here.

Rum – £20 for a litre, and it will last me a while. This was actually bought on the ship at duty free.

So, that’s the result of my hours shopping in Holyhead, and I think I did quite well, even if I didn’t get the things I originally went looking for. I guess it just gives me a chance to go back at some point, doesn’t it!

Robyn

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Aug. 09.

Something Else Saturday: More Dealz Purchases

ses-dealzYes, I do like looking around in Dealz, but I have a problem. You really can’t go in there and not buy something… And something else, and that third thing because it’s only €1.49. It all gets a bit dangerous really! But, when I do buy bits in there, I do try and make it worthwhile. And so, during the week, I bought the following.

Hair:

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It was only 6 weeks ago that I got my hair done last time, but it is growing really well, and is back at that stage where it starts to flop down in front of my face if I’m not careful, so these barrettes should do a job of holding it back. They’re also an effective decorative piece, adding in sparkle or colour, depending on whatever mood I’m in.

Nails:

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Sinful Colors polishes are seriously impressive, and since finding them in Dealz, I have built up quite a collection, having amassed currently 12 of them. It seems that, if there are some on the shelf when I’m in the shop, I will buy them. The latest two to add to the collection are Cloud 9 (left) and Hot Spot (right).

Eyeshadow:

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I already have a couple of these L’Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadows, but, as I didn’t have any in these colours, I just had to pick them up. There is Coconut Shake (left) which is a great light neutral for brightening the eye during the day, and Purple Obsession (right) because I love purples so so much, ans it is a great intense colour.

So, that’s my recent shopping from Dealz, and all for less than €9! What do you normally look for in Dealz? Is there anything I am missing out on? Share your secrets, we’re all friends here!

Robyn

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Aug. 02.

Something Else Saturday: Recent Empties

ses-empty-thOkay, this post is a bit of a celebration for me of the fact that I actually finished some products. Usually I use something for a while, get distracted by something else that is new and shiny, and promptly leave the first thing to gather dust in a drawer. I’m sure any blogger reading this knows EXACTLY what I am talking about. So, lets have a look at some things that I actually finished recently!

Nail Polish Removers:

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Yes, I do go through a lot of nail polish remover, but I actually really liked both of these products, especially the Bourjois 1 Second remover, which, while it still has some remover left in it is stained the colour of many hundreds of nails that went through it. Expect this to me on my shopping list again soon, along with the Cutex acetone free remover. I find the cutex to do a good job for most polishes (except glitter, nothing ever removes that) without having to use gallons and scrub. I may try a different acetone free remover to see how it compares, but this will eventually reappear on my desk.

Makeup Removers:

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This Vichy one was actually on my desk nearly empty for some time, partly because I didn’t want it to end, I liked it so much. Unfortunately the price is a little high, and I have one of those giant bottles of micellar water from Garnier now, so it was time to enjoy it for one last time. Likewise with my faithful Ziaja duo-phase remover. It is actually not empty yet, but I doubt there is more than a day or so left in it, and I have two other ones to try out now (I wrote about them recently too) so it is time for it to disappear off my desk too.

Makeup:

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One of the rarest things for me to finish is makeup, but I have managed it with this primer from GOSH. Again, it has lasted for quite a while, but mainly because I so rarely use a primer. It really only gets used when I know my face will have to last for most of 24 hours and needs a little more help to cling on, but recently it came to the end of its life. It will be missed, but I think I need to find a new primer to try. Any suggestions are welcome.

What have you finished recently? What would you rebuy, and what would you like to never see again? Let me know in the comments!

Robyn

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Jun. 24.

Tried Tuesday: Chic Treat Club

chic-thI was lucky enough to receive a message from the amazing Anita of Dolledup.ie fame last week to tell me that I had won a Chic Treat Club box. I had only ever seen these in pictures and blog posts before, so I was eager to see it “in person”, and it arrived today.

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I arrived downstairs to find this carton having just arrived from DPD. It’s very sturdy and is obviously designed to carefully protect the valuable contents inside. That’s always a good start. A little tug on the cardboard tear strip had me in to the good stuff, the actual Chic Treat Club box.

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I was immediately impressed by the quality of the box and it’s accompanying booklet. I especially love the weight of the box, and its magnetic catch flap. It keeps things safe while still being easy to open, while the booklet is colourful and spells out everything you need to know about the products included. I didn’t look through this first, instead choosing to open the box and find out by actually seeing everything

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So, through the ribbon and tissue paper (again beautifully presented) I went…

There was actually quite a delightful mix of products in the box, which included in no particular order:

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Sleek Eye Dust in Vintage. A little pot of silver grey loose pigment eyeshadow. I have used Sleek eye dusts before and they are a little powerful pot of pleasure to use.

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Bia Beauty Lemon Myrtle Hand Cream. An Irish business featured in an Irish box. This generous jar of hand cream was made with love in Cork and really smells quite delicious. I am a big fan of citrus, lemony scents.

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Palmers Cocoa Butter Foot Magic: Another well known and respected brand, featuring another full sized product. I really am happy with what is coming out of the box, as there is a nice selection of products to use on different parts of the body.

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Waxperts Ingrown Hair Pads: Yay for another Irish business. What would nice feet be without lovely legs to match. These are a holy grail product for anyone who is waxing or shaving, and as something I have never tried before I am really looking forward to getting stuck into these.

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Dream Water: This is an interesting one. It’s designed with minerals to aid relaxation and encourage a good night’s sleep. I’m not entirely sure if it will show any improvement after just 1 bottle, but I will give it a go and see.

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There’s some really great products in the box, and all full size. Granted it is because of it being a special for the 6 month anniversary of Chic Treat Club, but I am still rather impressed. the good news too is that you can now sign up for a monthly subscription, instead of 3 months, which had been a bit of a stumbling block for me. I may just be signing up to receive them regularly in the future.

What do you think of Chic Treat Club? Are there any must get/must avoid beauty boxes, in your opinion? The comment line is open!

Robyn

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Apr. 25.

Something Else Saturday: My New & Improved Workspace

SES-IKEA-thI’m a nightmare for having things scattered across my desk. It was becoming a disaster zone. Nail polish, makeup, cotton balls, you name it, it was scattered across this giant slab of work space that my dad crafted for me along with the wardrobe. Eventually I got sick of it (mainly of nail polish bottles rolling across the desk, only to be saved at the last minute) and decided to do something about it. That’s where the big blue furniture shop came to help.

Yes, I logged on to the website of the wonderful Swedish export that is IKEA to see what I could do on a pretty tight budget. This is the result:

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Pretty nice, no? This is actually super simple to do. The canvas I had previously bought from Tiger, and using a sharp knife, cut corners in the canvas to hold pictures. The nail polishes are sat on RIBBA picture ledges (1150 mm – product 501.525.95), mitred in the corner to provide an almost even corner (but the walls are crooked on both sides). That is what 117 polishes, 8 base/top coats and a handful of hand creams look together, sat 2 deep, so soon I’ll need more shelves.

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The wall decoration is made using 2 packs of wall stickers from the SLATTHULT range, the tree and cherry blossoms (product 502.789.34) and the butterflies (product 501.605.73) providing much needed colour to an otherwise dull wall. I should have actually done the tree before hanging the shelves, as I needed to feed some branches behind it, but it still works so incredibly well. It’s also very me, as I just so happen to have a butterfly and cherry blossoms tattooed on my foot. The wall decoration was a bank breakingly expensive €11.50.

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For storage, a major problem on my desk, I found a great set of baskets/boxes of varying sizes, from the SKUBB range (purple product 202.508.04 – other colours available) I currently have 4 of these on the desk, 1 large, 1 medium and 2 small. The ones not in use have been folded up out of the way, and when you unfold them you just zip up the bottom to keep them in shape. So much organised storage for €7.

Under the desk, which you can’t really see, is a cabinet containing odd bits and bobs, a subwoofer for my desk speakers, and, holding the bulk of my makeup collection is a HELMER (product 102.510.45) which I’ve had for a while.

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As a bonus, while walking around the showroom, I spotted a side table, for an astonishing €6. At that price it would have been wrong to leave it behind, right? So it made its way to the checkout with me. I should have been paying more attention, but I wasn’t and only found out when I got home that this table was actually high gloss white, and not normal white (what’s the difference?) and actually cost €11. A phone call to IKEA customer service (in the UK) and we decided that as someone in store put the table in the wrong place, they would refund the difference. I just need to wait for a call back from the refund team.

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The table is from the LACK range (high gloss white 601.937.36, white 200.114.13 – other colours/finishes available) the lamp and plant/pot are older IKEA purchases, the magazines are my own and just make the picture look a bit more classy.

Total spent on my new workspace – €44.50.

What do you think of my new work space? Has it given you any inspiration, or is there anything you would do differently? I’ll be available to discuss it below!

Robyn

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Mar. 22.

Something Else Saturday: Recent Purchases – Penneys, Boots, Lush & Parfois

SES-HaulthumbIt’s the weekend, the sun is shining, and it’s time for another Something Else Saturday. Last week I introduced you to Rascal, the one eyed psycho cat. This week, I’m showing you the bits and pieces I’ve bought recently.

I went in to Penneys for two things. A white vest (not pictured – it’s boring) and the Wet n Wild stand. I admit, I had picked out what I wanted from the stand before I even went to Penneys, so I must have looked a little crazy with my product brochure out, going between it and the stand. I’m just a little odd like that. It did get me most of what I wanted though, so I’m not complaining too much. I also poked around the other stands, liking the look of the NYC Color Rock Muse Smoky Top Coat. It’s red and glittery and wow.

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Picked up, starting from top l-r:

  • Wet n Wild ColorIcon lip liner in Plumberry
  • Wet n Wild Wild Shine in Black Creme
  • Wet n Wild Fast Dry in Sage and the City
  • Wet n Wild Fast Dry in Gray’s Anatomy
  • NYC Color Rock Must Smoky Top Coat in Red Hot
  • Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Wet n Wild Wild Shine in Eggplant Frost
  • Wet n Wild Meglast Lipstick in Cherry Bomb
  • Wet n Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment
  • Wet n Wild ColorIcon glitter single eyeshadow in Binge
  • Wet n Wild Idol Eyes shadow pencil in Techno

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Also from Penneys is a pair of exfoliating gloves. Just because they’re scrubby, body cleaningly good.

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From Boots I got a set of Eyelure Naturalites super full lashes. Mainly because I had a load of receipts with Advantage Card points on, and didn’t want to queue up with just them. I’ve also only recently got the hang of lashes, so I chose to treat myself to some.

From the place of all interesting smells and colours and natural bath goodness that is Lush, I got three things, mostly not for me.

haul-brightsideFor me, I got the Brightside bubble bar. It smells gorgeous, looks like a 60’s tie-dye t-shirt, and should encourage me to make time for a bath (lock the bathroom door and to hell with everyone waiting).

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For someone else, who should be receiving them next weekend, I got products that look like food. I got a bunch of carrots, which are soooo cute, and a French kiss, in all its floaty, meringue like glory. I now just need to figure out quirky packaging for them. Maybe I’ll plant the carrots, and serve the meringue with a plate of meringue. I’ll just need to put a flag on it saying don’t eat me. That wouldn’t end well.

Finally, I went in to Parfois on Mary St. I had stopped and looked in the window many times before, but never gone in. I’m not sure if I made a mistake by going in or not. There is so much loveliness in there. My old wallet has seen better days, and is starting to leech colour on to cards. Not a good look. I walked around the shop for a couple of minutes comparing wallets, before being stopped by a member of staff. She compared the tow I had in my hands with me, before asking me a couple of questions about how big I’d like my wallet to be, and recommending a cross between a wallet and a clutch.

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And it was beautiful. It has space for everything and an elephant, and the member of staff was so friendly I had no problem with her upselling. And the upsell was only €2 from what I was going to buy, so it was all good. Even more, she went back and forth to the stock room 3 times to find one that had no marks or imperfections whatsoever. Customer service win right there. I may be back for more very soon.

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What have you bought recently? Have I inspired you to buy anything from this post? You know what to do!

Robyn

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Feb. 13.

New Launches: Shiseido S/S ’14

shiseido-thI’ll be honest. This post is going to make you ooh and aah, and will probably give your bank manager a heart attack. Why? It’s the gorgeous new launches from Japanese beauty giant Shiseido. Ladies (and gentlemen) prepare to want, no, NEED, everything!

Skincare:

Shiseido know skincare, and they employ more than 1,100 scientists to research the way skin works, and how to use skins natural mechanisms in their products. The latest results of that research have led to:

Future Solutions LX Range:

  • Superior Radience Serum (30ml/€270)
  • Total Protective Emulsion (75ml/€290)
  • Total Regenerating Body Cream (200ml/€130)

Shiseido-FSLXThese are amazing. I’m particularly enamoured by the serum. A tiny dot on the back of my hand was more than enough to cover my hand, and it sank in instantly, leaving my hand looking so much brighter. Without going into all the science of it (Pearl Hybrid Complex and Skingenecell 1P in this case) it is  like liquid light for the skin. I’m going to have to start saving my pennies for this one.

Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask (12 pack/€63)

Shiseido-Benefiance

This is an update to the well known and unbelievably popular cult product, which now features stabilised pure retinol and Makruossi Extract, which works to replump the undereye area, reducing wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles. While some people use it as a once a month treat, it is safe to use up to 3 times a week.

IBUKI Starter Set (3x30ml/€29)

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I’m really looking forward to trying this one out, and even the box wants me to try it out. It even told me!

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A limited edition set containing 30 ml sizes of Cleanser, Softener and Moisturiser, it is designed to give you a 2 week to 1 month introduction to the world of Shiseido Skincare.

Makeup:

Face Colour Enhancing Trio (4 shades/€38 ea)

Shiseido-Blush

The great variety of shades available really allow this to work with any skin tone, even my pasty, pale Irish skin. Containing 3 complimentary shades in each compact, which act as a blush, sculpting colour and skin harmonising colour. These also have a subtle shimmer, to add a healthy glow. A really lovely product, I can see this one disappearing very quickly.

Lacquer Rouge & Lacquer Gloss (new shades) (€26/€25)

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My personal favourites from all the makeup launches, I am really in love with these. They are both super pigmented, with the Lacquer Rouge offering a deeper hit of colour, while the Lacquer Gloss is like a lip gloss plus. I need more of these in my life!

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Shimmering Cream Eye Colour (8 new shades) (€29)

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These are water resistant, crease resistant, and last FOREVER. After swatching them on my hands they refused to move, until I scrubbed the life out of them before going to bed. They are some of the most gorgeous cream shadows I have ever come across, and with the colours being so intense, you’ll be noticed.

Sheer Eye Zone Corrector ( 3 shades) (€30)

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These at first glance look like the very familiar Touche Eclat in function, but with these the trick is to go for the one that loooks orange on your skin, as the boffins in Shiseido have discovered that everyone as they age lose red and yellow pigments from their under eye area. This puts them back in, and helps to disguise fine lines. You can also pick up the one that looks the lightest on your skin, to add highlight and radience.

Sun Care UV Protective Compact Foundation & Liquid Foundation (3 shades each) (€39) – not pictured

These foundations are perfect for holidays, as they both contain SPF30. Depending on whether you want a matte or more dewy finish you choose the compact or liquid finish. They also DO NOT MOVE! Get them wet, swim, sunbathe, whatever you need to do and it stays on your face! Result!

Perfect Hydrating BB Cream (new light shade)  (€38) – not pictured

This is definitely a “my skin but better” product, and the light shade should be excellent for most Irish skintones. It also contains SPF30 (woo!) and provides added skincare protection!

Fragrance:

Zen Sun EdT for men, and for women (50ml/€63)

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The fragrance for men is a wonderfully fresh crisp fragrance. The fragrance for women is the perfect sweet fragrance for those who hate sweet fragrances. I despise the usual, sickly sweet, sweet fragrances, but after getting one sniff of this, I MUST HAVE it. That’s the best way I can put it. I’m not really one for perfume descriptions.

For Men:

Total Revitaliser Eye (15ml/€54) – no pictured

For the man who keeps raiding your supplies, make him buy his own. This is really rich but spreads and sinks in so well. It is also  encased in sleek black packaging, so it looks perfectly masculine, and therefore ideal for the man who doesn’t want to be caught using “girly” products.

These wonderful goodies are on counter between now and May, including the new Shiseido counter in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.

I also have some of them to try out and will be reporting back in good time to let you know how I got on.

What jumps out at you? Are you regretting reading this far? How’s your bank balance feeling? Let me know in the comments!

Robyn

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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

 

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  • Week 3: Makeup Must-Have (20 Feb)
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  • Week 5: Princess Product (6 Mar)
  • Week 6: Budget Bargain (13 Mar)
  • Week 7: Beauty Treatment (20 Mar)
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Feb. 05.

Recent Purchases: Boots and Dealz

colorburst-thumbWhile things have been pretty slim on the buying front I have been able to treat myself now and then. For example, today I went into Boots to buy razor blades. These are more of a necessity than a treat, so they’re not included here. The rest of what I walked out with is…

Nail Polish: Maybelline Color Show in 107 – Watery Waste:

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Before I begin, let me point out 2 things. Firstly, it’s ColoUr, not color. Get it right. Secondly, what were you thinking with the name “Watery Waste”? You’re not selling it to me with that name. What did sell it to me, aside from the silvery colour itself, was the big clearance sticker on it that said €2! SOLD!

Lip Crayons: Revlon Colorburst (seriously, I’m getting annoyed with the lack of U here) Lacquer and Matte Balms in 150 – Enticing (Lacquer), 220 – Showy (Matte) & 250 – Standout (Matte):

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I’ve been hearing so much love for these new crayons, and with Boots having another 3 for 2 offer on, it was wrong to leave them sitting on the shelf. Normally €11.20 each the offer meant that I got them for €7.47 each instead. Bargain! In the swatches below, I’ve included the original Just Bitten Balm Stain in 020 – Lovesick for comparison.

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What I’m thinking is I have nearly matching pairs here, at least on paper. Lovesick seems to be a more glossy version of Showy, and Enticing is a close match for Standout. They’re very pigmented colours though. I’m loving them already, and I haven’t even tried them on my lips yet.

Dealz Purchase:

Nail Polish: Revlon Nail Art Neon in 100 – Atomic Pink, 110 – High Voltage, 120 – Neon Light, 130 – Laser Beam & 170 – Ultra Violet:

revlon-nail-artThese were €1.49 each. I love nail polish. Enough said 😉

What have you treated yourself to recently? What else should I be buying? Are you going to fund it for me (wishful thinking)? Let me know in the comments!

Robyn

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