Category Archives:Tested Thursday

Jun. 11.

Tested Thursday: The Glossybox

tt-glossybox-thI was lucky enough recently to win a three month subscription to Glossybox, the British monthly subscription beauty box. I was happy, as I had never subscribed to any of these before, always wondering if they did really work out as value for money. I was late applying for the May box, which arrived last week, and luckily, the June box arrived today, which, for Tested Thursday, gives me a chance to compare two months side by side.


The theory behind Glossybox is quite simple. You pay for a subscription (monthly is currently £10 per box, conversion needed to Euro for a rough cost each month) and each month you get sent 5 products, typically deluxe samples, with some full sized products thrown in too. You should be able to find a product each month that you love, and get more than what you are actually paying. It sounds great, but I have always been doubtful. Some months can look amazing, while others solicit an emphatic MEH! Let’s see what was in the May & June boxes though.

May 2015:


  • SASS Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate (30 ml sample)
  • Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam (70 ml sample)
  • Etre Belle Aloe Vera Mousturising Gel (40 ml Full Size)
  • MeMeMe Enchanted Eyes Eye Pencil (Full Size)
  • Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturiser (7ml sample)

Seeing these products arrive in the May box made me hopeful  that all boxes would contain a healthy mix of full sized products and generous samples of products that I would want to try. The shampoo looks like a great idea, while the others invite me to at least try them. For a box to start on, this was a good one I thought!

June 2015:


  • MONU Spa Rosewood Reviving Mist (50ml sample)
  • Glossybox Flash Tattoos (Full sized product)
  • Halo Fragrance Free Facial Wipes (Travel size)
  • Kueshi Anti Cellulite Booster (Full sized product)
  • Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss – Pretty In Hibiscus (Full sized product)

And here it all falls apart. 3 full sized products they say, including a sheet of temporary tattoos and an Essence lipgloss. I have nothing against Essence, but this is not what I was expecting. The facial wipes will end up getting used on my hands eventually as a quick tidy up product, the tattoos may sit around for ever, and the only product that I am really interested in is the MONU Spa mist.

Okay, if I’m being honest, I won this as a prize. I have not lost anything here. The May box looked impressive, but the June one was distinctly underwhelming. Come on Glossybox! You are vying for my hard earned money, and you have one month left to WOW me, because based on what I have seen so far, I am very unconvinced by the hit & miss nature of the game you are playing!

Are you a Glossybox subscriber? What did you think of recent boxes? Leave me a comment and help me make my mind up!


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O! Wow ft
Apr. 09.

Tested Thursday: Cailyn Cosmetics O! Wow Brush

tt-O! Wow-thRecently I was approached and asked if I would like to try out some products from an American company called Cailyn Cosmetics, which are exclusively imported into Ireland by LV Essentials. Always being one to try something new and interesting, I was all over it, and was given three items to try, their idifine liquid eyeliner, which is a felt tip pen affair, but is quite pleasant to work with, their BB Fluid Touch compact, which looks really innovative (it dispenses liquid from a compact – I might feature this when I have a tan and the shades match up better) and the most interesting item of the three, a brush. Their O! Wow Brush, which is the subject of today’s Tested Thursday.

O! Wow box

First things first, this is like no brush I have ever seen before, unless I count my toothbrush. It looks so strange to look at on first glance, and that in part is why I was so interested and excited to give this a go, once I got over the whole “what do I do with this” thing. I am so used to my Blank Canvas F20. It is my go to foundation brush, and I would feel wrong cheating on it. Sometimes you have to do these things though. The blurb on the box tells me:

“Through its velvet-like bristles and densely packed ultra fine fibers, this amazing brush is made to ensure an airbrushed effect, with an immaculate streak-free touch. This brush features an oval and angular surface that is beautifully crafted to blend liquid, cream or powder seamlessly into your skin. The flexible tilted handle of the brush is designed to reach every contour with precision and offers easy and stable grip. “Oh, wow” is what you’ll say. No kidding”

Just to reinforce that, it lists its four features again:

  • Compatible with any type of foundation, BB Cream, powder, blush etc.
  • Super densely packed ultra fine fibers delivers streak-free flawless coverage
  • Oval, angular surface offers effortless application and seamless blending
  • Flexible tilted handle for precision and stability

That is quite a lot of claims to make, so lets dive in and see what is what.


O! Wow head side

O! Wow head angle

The head, as you can see from the side on and angled shots is jam packed with super dense, really short, and super soft bristles. It is oval shaped and has a domed head. While the head is quite small compared to some foundation brushes, it is still very effective, and once I figured out how to use it, it was a joy to use.

Handle & Neck:

O! Wow Brush

From the full length photo, you can see two things, a flat handle and a thin tapered neck. The best thing I can say here is hold it like a toothbrush. Thumb on top, fingers wrapped around and you’re good to go. The thin neck is really a clever addition to the brush. It is super flexible. I could not for the life of me put enough pressure on the brush to make it uncomfortable or to splay the bristles. The neck took all the pressure out by flexing as it moved across my face, and undulated beautifully across every contour. Once you get used to how to hold the brush, it is amazingly comfortable to use!

How it actually performed in use:

This bit features half a completely bare face. Just FYI!

O! Wow Face

On the left is a bare face, on the right is just my Max Factor Skin Luminizer foundation, nothing else, applied using the O! Wow Brush.

I’ll admit it now. The “Oh, wow” thing. I said it. I honestly did. I followed the instructions on the box (pick up choice of product with the brush, start at the centre of face and apply with “push & pull” motions, before finishing with light circular motions over the face) and the more foundation I applied, the happier I was with the O! Wow Brush. The finish it gave was phenomonal. Sometimes with the F20 I have to go over again, or apply powder to help even things out. Whit the O! Wow there was nothing. It was flawless! At this point I must also apologise to my beloved F20, but I may be cheating on you with the funny looking new brush more often!

The Cailyn Cosmetics O! Wow Brush is €29.99 and is available online from LV Essentials.


Note: Product was provided for review

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Mar. 12.

Tested Thursday: Aussie Body Wash

tt-aussie-thBody washes & shower gels. We’re all familiar with them. We all use them. And we all have ones that we go back to time and time again. So, when Aussie, one of my favourite haircare brands said that they were doing a range of body washes, I was intrigued. Should they stick to what they know, or could they take that knowledge and apply it to the rest of your body? Today for Tested Thursday, I have been trying them out.


As someone who used to be involved in advertising design, I enjoy seeing the colourful language and descriptions used in press releases. The press release for Aussie Body Wash tells me that “there is a whole new world of deliciousness and fun stuff coming to Aussie.” I’m not sure I would describe body wash as “fun stuff” or use the “whole new world” line, considering Aussie products are based on the botanicals of just Australia, but so far it sounds good. After telling me that my “skin can join the Aussie Party too” and that my body can enjoy the “amazing benefits my hair has been loving” (in all honesty it has) that I should “Go on, Aussify my body.”

The colourful, quirky language continues through the descriptions of the four products in the range, and well, Aussie are well known for it, as it is prominent on the packaging too. The four in the range are:

  • Shower Smoothie: “Like a big warm hug for your body” and “leaves your skin feeling smoother than a really smooth thing”
  • Mega Watt: “Mega Watt is so energising it will leave you feeling as bouncy as a caffeinated kangaroo!”
  • Fresh Mate: “Fresh Mate will leave you and your skin feeling ocean fresh and squeaky clean in no time.”
  • No Rush: “With such spectacularly smooth and silky skin, you just won’t be able to stop touching it.”

I actually love the sound of Mega Watt, as I know of many times I have felt exactly the opposite of that. If it can compare to a coffee the strength of a nuclear bomb, I’d be impressed by it!


Of the four in the range, I have two to try out, Shower Smoothie and Fresh Mate, and have particularly been using Fresh Mate. I have enough other smelly body washes in the bathroom at the moment, so it was nice to try something different.

aussie-fresh-labelFresh Mate is made with Eucalyptus extract, and as was mentioned above, is the squeaky clean one, as opposed to the others which are more great smelling. That doesn’t mean this one smells bad though. When I think of something containing Eucalyptus, I think of Airwaves chewing gum, but don’t worry, it doesn’t smell like them (I did once try a shower gel that did, and likened it to washing yourself with a jar of vapo rub). It smells really pleasant, and well, clean, if that makes sense. It continues with the wash itself, in that there are no colours used. It is just a simple clear gel, that lathers well, and rinses easily.

aussie-bottle-similarOne word of warning I must give though. Aussie have quite a set look for their bottles. I have shampoo and conditioner bottles that are the same size too, and they look similar, especially if you are not fully awake. Don’t make the same mistake I did, and add body wash to your hair after shampoo. I made the mistake so you don’t have to (and now leave the different ranges at opposite ends of the bath).

So, what is the verdict? Aussie have definitely talked up this range, like they have done with their hair products for years, but I can completely accept that, as like the hair ranges, this does deliver on what it promises. After using Fresh Mate my skin does feel lovely and clean, and certainly fresh. I have one small issue though, and that is the price. I am not entirely sure if I want to spend €3.99 (RRP) on a fairly small bottle of body wash, when I know of other cheaper options that will do the job just as well. I have no issue with paying a little extra for haircare, as I have tried many cheaper options and been left disappointed. With body wash though, I’m not so sure. But, if you do see them on special offer, I certainly recommend you snap them up!


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Madame Glamour Box
Nov. 27.

Tested Thursday: Suddenly Madame Glamour & Suddenly Woman I from Lidl

tt-suddenly-thLidl isn’t the most likely place to think of when it comes to perfume shopping, and well, you’d be right in not thinking of them. But, remember, they sell all manner of weird and wonderful things on their special offers each week, so it stands to reason that perfume would come up once every so often. I have myself, previously bought and reviewed one of their perfumes. So the subject of Tested Thursday today is to have a sniff of two more from their “Suddenly” range, in the form of Madame Glamour and Woman I.

It appears Lidl are concentrating on doing a pocket friendly alternative to well known perfumes. The previous subject of a Tested Thursday, Suddenly Diamonds, on a side by side sniff test, was found to be an almost exact dupe for Boss Orange. The main difference between them was €30+ euro. From my research I am led to believe Madame Glamour and Woman I are dupes of two Chanel fragrances. in the form of Coco Mademoiselle (Madame Glamour) and Chanel No. 5 (Woman I). Unfortunately my budget doesn’t stretch to Chanel (yet), so I am unable to offer a side by side comparison, but there is a simple test I can do. If it smells like a cheap perfume, it fails. So, if I start talking about notes of petrol, white spirit and cow pat, it’s not a good sign.

Madame Glamour

Madame Glamour Box

Madame Glamour has been doing the rounds for a while now, and tends to sell very quickly when it does randomly appear. However, it and I haven’t always gotten along. When I first smelled it, alongside Suddenly Diamonds last year, I thought it smelled quite a bit “older” than the more fruity Diamonds. I hadn’t consciously put the link in place between Diamonds and Boss Orange, though subconsciously Diamonds smelled familiar. Put in front of me on its own though, and Madame Glamour comes into its own, as it is not competing for my pennies. I immediately classed this as a floral scent, light, quite a daytime smell. It smells like a stroll through a warm flower garden, enjoying the breeze. I could see this as a day to day perfume, when you don’t want to use something more intense, or upmarket. It’s a perfume to use when you are just going about, doing your thing.

Madame Glamour Bottle

The one thing that really lets me down with this perfume, is the container. I know, when you pay less than €4 you’re not to expect much, The bottle itself is elegant, without being anything special, with minimal amounts of writing on it. As your eye is drawn up along its curves though, you reach a plastic, gold coloured ring, and a lid that looks as if it was borrowed off a radiator valve. This is a bottle to quickly pull out of your bag, use, and hide it away again before anyone notices.

Woman I

This one is a deeper, richer, more opulent number than Madame Glamour. It is more sensuous and would be great for an evening perfume, or something for going out, or when you just want to feel decadent. I do believe there is an Irish Beauty Blogger who may be trying to fill a bathtub with this exact scent, judging by how many she bought when I put word out that it was available again. I will not name names, but she is a bit of a Makeup Addict, and that kind of endorsement of a scent is good enough for me.

Woman I box

I am also impressed by its lasting power. I haven’t had a chance to give it a full wear test yet, but I sprayed a couple of spritzes onto a cotton ball on Monday, and have been sniffing it periodically, and it is still there. It is not as intense as it was on Monday, but that is possibly a good thing, as it did smell slightly synthetic on first sniff. This did dissipate really quickly however, leaving just deep pleasantness behind.

woman I bottle

Again, the bottle isn’t brilliant, but I think it is nicer than Madame Glamour, with a more square profile looking at the bottle straight on, and a curved shape looking at it top down. The plastic lid is a little bit of an annoyance once again, but it is not too bad.


There are some out there who would never go near a budget perfume, and I respect that. I must also respect that the perfumes, when they do appear, tend to sell out quite quickly. And while they wouldn’t have been my first choice, now that I have them, and have been working with them, they are growing on me. And at €3.99 a bottle, could you ask for much more?


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Oct. 02.

Tested Thursday: Balmi Lip Balm

balmi-thWinter is coming! Unfortunately I have to say that. It is October, and that means cold weather is descending on us. It also means that it is time to stock up on hand creams, wooly hats, scarves, gloves and lip balms. Y’know, for all the parts that are going to generally suffer in the cold. Handily, this week, for Tested Thursday, I am looking at the Balmi Lip Balm Range.


Let’s start, as always, with the first thing you see – the packaging. This comes individually packaged in a blister pack. It means that you don’t get to see and sniff what is inside, but it also means that you know that nobody else has been near what you are considering smearing over your lips (I’m not even going to think about how nasty that would be). You can also see the unique cube packaging, which I will talk about in a moment. Coming in 4 flavours (coconut, raspberry, strawberry and mint) each blister and cube is colour coordinated, which is very handy as aside from on the carton you don’t have any other indication of which is which.


The back of the carton extols the virtues of the product within, telling us that:

Your lips are constantly on show to the world around you and you want them look good and feeling protected against the elements. Balmi Lip Balm has been designed to not only provide moisturisation to your lips but also protection from harmful UVA rays. Balmi Lip Balm provides SPF 15 Sunscreen and UVA&UVB protection. Tested to SPF 15 European Standards

So far, so good. Yes your lips are always on show, yes you want them looking good and feeling protected and yes you want moisturisation and sunscreen for your lips. Sounds like just the ticket, right. The carton goes on to tell us even more.

Balmi Lip Balm is a perfect blend of ingredients to give your lips long lasting daily care and protection. Our special blend of Balmi moisturising goodness containing anti-oxidant rich Vitamin E, soothing Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil help leave your lips moisturised, soft and super smooth.

Oh, lets talk about the ingredients. In fact, let me show you the ingredient list.


If I were browsing through lip balms in the chemist and saw that long list of chemical compounds, I’d throw the product across the store, and run away screaming. It doesn’t look all that pleasant, especially when compared to the likes of Burt’s Bees, or my current favourite Hyalogic Lip Balm, where the top three ingredients of a much shorter list are olive oil, aloe and beeswax. In all honesty, that sounds much friendlier! However, having time to sit at my desk and do some googling, I can see that the ingredients are very run of the mill, safe compounds, including waxes to make up the product, moisturisers, 5 different sunscreen compounds, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E, with a couple of preservatives in there to make sure it doesn’t go bad on you too quickly. But, as I said, I had time to look these up. Someone browsing may not, and would just see it as a chemical factory in a cube. It is perfectly safe, but it may not look the very best at a glance.


Now, on to the product. Here we have the raspberry (dark pink) and strawberry (light pink) cubes. You can also see a keyring attachment coming off the back. Personally, I don’t know what it is doing there, because the cube is bulky, and so are my keys. It would just be too much to hold all that up to my mouth to use the product. If you had one or two keys, then maybe, but to me it’s useless, and the cube is big enough that it is (probably) not going to get lost in my bag.

In terms of flavour and scent, when they say they are raspberry and strawberry, they really are. You can tell that from sniffing them, but they are not overpoweringly smelly. They are really quite pleasant, with the slightly sweeter strawberry being my pick of the two.

And finally, we get to the product itself, which the packaging tells us is easy and convenient, further stating:

You need a lip balm that fits your lifestyle. The Balmi Lip Balm has been designed with active people in mind. Our unique conical applicator lip balm creates zero hassle to apply on the go with maximum ease.


With the conical applicator I have to agree with them. It really is easy. I just put the tip between my lips, swipe it back and forth a couple of times and it’s done. It feels soft and smooth going on, feels comfortable, and for the most part sinks in, though it does leave a slight residue. The residue doesn’t bother me at all though, and is not in any way sticky.

So, in short. If you car conscious and concerned about using too many chemical products on your skin, look elsewhere. This is not for you, and there are a wealth of more natural options out there. Balmi though, should last through the rigours of winter while giving your lips the protection they deserve. They’re available from McCabe’s and McCauley’s pharmacies nationwide for €5.95.

I know that these were in the September Chic Treat Club box, so if you got one there what do you think of it? Are they a good purchase, or would you generally choose a more natural product?


* Product was provided for review

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Sep. 25.

Tested Thursday: Blank Canvas Cosmetics Travel Brush Case

blankcanvas-thI’m developing quite a collection of makeup brushes. I have them in many different sizes, different shapes and for different jobs. The great thing is, they also fit really happily into my Blank Canvas Folio case. But what happens if I am going somewhere and I need to bring some brushes along with me? Is there another option? Well, the Blank Canvas Travel Brush Case arrived on my desk recently, and it might be that option.


The Blank Canvas Travel Brush Case comes in the form of a zip up, black faux leather soft case. When zipped up it really presents as a tidy package. It’s neat and takes up no space at all. It also makes sure your precious brushes are safe from damage. I would hate having to ditch a brush from making a mess from the bristles in not transporting it properly. In that sense I can really see the benefit of this case.


Inside the case is where things get a bit more questionable though. The inside has a soft polyester lining, and on one half of the case an elastic fastening, stitched into two sections. My thought though, is that why doesn’t it run the full width of the case? Keep it in the two sections on one side, but then have smaller sections on the other, suitable for smaller brushes?


And here it is, seen with brushes inside. There are two large face brushes in here, along with one smaller eye brush. Looking at it, you can maybe get another small eye brush in there alongside the face brushes, and that’s it, unless you want to add in some loose brushes.

I think therein lies the crux of my problem with this travel case – it just isn’t big enough. I can quite easily go through 3 face brushes and a half dozen eye and lip brushes when getting ready. Unfortunately with this case I can see myself getting into the dilemma of do I bring the big case, or do I try to decide what to leave behind. In my world that is a very difficult thing to figure out.

One thing though that does hold up for it is that I can see a good use for it. It is a great size to keep brushes in my handbag for a night out. On a night out I will not need a huge amount of brushes, and this will certainly do a good job of protecting them! As for a travel case though, I’m not quite convinced.


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Sep. 11.

Tested Thursday: Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo – Mega Instant

tt-aussie-thIf you’re like me you hate the hassle of washing your hair. It can take forever to get it washed, conditioned, dried, styled and looking fabulous. And if you’re like me, you like finding ways to get just one more day out of your hair between washes. So, for today’s Tested Thursday I am hoping for a miracle in the form of Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo.


The one I have here is the Mega Instant variant, one of three that are available, he other two being Colour Mate (guess what hair this is best for) and Aussome Volume (for fresh and fulsome locks packed full of boing and bounce). The Mega Instant variety though, is:

“The hair reviver to refresh your mane for the day ahead – a spritz, a quick brush through and a “jjujj” and you’re ready to roll”

Firstly, what on earth is a jjujj? (Shake your hair a little, Google tells me) But this does sound like a nice little thing to get another day pre wash for your hair. I am told that it helps to reduce nasty residue, build up and that leftover white dust that you can get with other dry shampoos. But, does it?


Okay, design. It looks like a hairspray can. That’s about all I can say about it. It has a huge Aussie logo and the words miracle dry shampoo at the top of the can, so you wont mix it up with your other hair cans. That’s good, but yeah, don’t go expecting bells and whistles and all that from it. Further down, after it tells you it’s for normal to greasy hair, we are proudly informed that it contains Australian Jojoba Seed Extract, and that it wards off grease and revives your hairs general fabulousness in a matter of minutes (so THAT’S what it does!)

On the back there are more reasons why you should use it, another mention of jojoba seeds, and the directions. As they wrap halfway around the can I couldn’t photograph it, but it says to:

“Shake and shake again before use (it, not you). Spray into the roots from about 30 cm, massage in and brush out well”

You can also use it with an Aussie leave in conditioner, if you’re so inclined (but that takes more time). I wasn’t so inclined (I’ll be washing and conditioning my hair tomorrow anyway) so I just got on with it.

Before: Three day old hair, a bit untidy, a bit unruly but not entirely awful


After: Followed all the instructions. Shook and shook again. Held about 30 cm away and sprayed into the roots in bursts. Massaged it in and gave it a “jjujj” and brushed out with a fine bristled brush.


I will say it. It does look better. Not entirely fabulous, but sleek, shiny and tidy-ish. For me and my birds nest that very nearly is a miracle, so Miracle Dry Shampoo, I do believe you passed. I can’t feel much of a residue of it in my hair, it doesn’t leave white powderyness, and it doesn’t smell too bad. I think I will be using it again when I need another day out of my hair.

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo is widely available in pharmacies and supermarkets for a RRP of €5.85 for the large 180ml can.

What do you think of dry shampoos? Are you a follower of the way of Batiste, or is there another dry shampoo you recommend?


* Product was provided for review

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luminizer label
Sep. 04.

Tested Thursday: Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation

luminizer thI am quite set in my ways with regards foundation. There is a very small selection that I reach for time and time again. It is about time to try something different though, so today for Tested Thursday I am looking at the new Skin Luminizer Foundation from Max Factor.

luminizer bottle

Max Factor’s new Skin Luminizer Foundation comes 100 years after Max Factor invented and released Greasepaint, their first foundation and the first makeup ever designed for motion picture use. It is “specifically created for women who are seeking subtle luminosity and a healthy-looking glow” and I am told it delivers medium coverage, with the added benefit of enhanced skincare properties. For example, it offers hydration through the VitaNiacan complex, including vitamins B3 and E, which replenishes skins natural moisture balance. It also contains elastomers, which “create ‘windows’ in the skin through which light can be reflected back to create a healthy looking glow and a wide awake look.”

This all sounds very interesting, and as they have been producing foundations for 100 years, you would expect Max Factor to know what they are doing, but how does it translate to real life? Of course, as it’s Tested Thursday, this is what I’m trying to find out.

Normally, I would be looking for a higher coverage foundation. I think that lower coverage ones really don’t do enough for me, but I am always willing to try something to see how it fares, and I would love to be able to find a barely there foundation that suits me. Made in Ireland, you would hope that out of the 6 shades available there would be one close match for “good Irish skin” and fortunately, the shade I have here – 40 Light Ivory, is. You can also choose from Warm Almond through to golden and bronze. I am yet to see side by side comparisons of how they look, but there should be an option for most people.

The packaging is nothing special, being a drugstore brand. It is a plastic bottle, with a pump top. The nozzle on the pump is quite narrow, and it doesn’t dispense much product each time, which is a good thing, as you have greater control of how much you are using. You can also see the distinctive swirl pattern in the bottle, containing the pearlised pigments and skin luminizers.

luminizer hand

What you see here is about half a pump of the foundation out onto the back of my hand, which is what I would normally do before applying it with a brush. It is quite a thick formula, which stays put and doesn’t spread out by itself. This is not really an issue, and  I find is quite beneficial, as you are not trying to coat your hand in the foundation, are you? It also means it sticks to my brush quite well, without soaking down the bristles.

luminizer swatch

When you do start moving it about though, it moves really well. It doesn’t sit in one spot, but with light movements of the brush gives even coverage, without looking thick or leaving brush marks. Even then with a light dusting of powder over the top (though It doesn’t really need it) you don’t feel as if you have a heavy coating on your face. Your face does feel as if the makeup is barely there.

luminizer flash

One thing I did notice was that under bright lights you can slightly pick up on the pearlised pigments in it. I have tried to capture them here, using my camera close up with flash, and you can kind of make them out. It isn’t going to make your face look sparkly though. More, like the name of the foundation would suggest, luminous. That you have a glow.

So, the results. I have been wearing this foundation consistently for the past three days, and I think I am a convert. There will still be times where I want something a bit higher coverage, but the Skin Luminizer Foundation has a number of things going for it, namely:

  • It feels really light on the skin, while still providing enough coverage to tidy up blemishes and even out skintone
  • It does provide a barely there or bare skin but better appearance
  • I find myself using less of it than other foundations
  • My foundation brush doesn’t feel clogged up after using this foundation. The foundation is going on to my face, and not my brush

I do honestly think I will be reaching for this more for everyday coverage. It provides quite a lot of power for quite a small price, at €16.39 for a 30ml bottle. If you are looking to save your high end or high coverage foundations for special occasions, this is well worth a look!

Oh, and I am going to be cheeky and say that while I am going to show you this in action on my face, you will have to wait for Face Friday tomorrow!


* Product was provided for review


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Aug. 28.

Tested Thursday: Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne

jomalone-thI am slowly growing a collection of perfumes, having 5 now. Most I would think of as being light, fresh, and well, daytime scents. There is one though, that I would usually consider as a night time perfume. The perfume in question is Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne.


As always we start with the first thing that is seen, the packaging. Let’s be honest. This packaging is simplicity itself. It is a box that any of their small bottles can fit into. But it is not a throwaway box. It actually looks elegant. I am happy to put the bottle back into the box after each use, because while simple, the packaging looks good and feels good and makes me want to see it on my dressing table.

The same can be said for the bottle. Normally I would say that a simple square bottle would look kind of boring and not one that you want to have on display, but by making it part of the Jo Malone signature look, and by keeping things simple and elegant, it becomes something that I want to be able to show off.


But anyway, enough talking about how it looks. Let’s get down to the most important bit, which is how it smells. When I first got a whiff of this perfume the words that came into my head were deep, heady and sensuous. It smells, well, glamourous. I can definitely get the fruitiness of the pomegranate in there, but unlike my daytime fruity perfume (Boss Orange is my go to) the addition of deep woody scents too gives this a richness and a depth that I could get lost in forever. I definitely feel more glamourous when I am wearing it, no matter what else I am wearing.

The Jo Malone website gives quite a similar description of Pomegranate Noir, describing it as:

The sensuality of a daring red dress. Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. Dark and enigmatic.

I actually did write my description of it before reading theirs, but I am glad that we are in agreement about it. Now, the only thing that I am in need of is enough to fill a bathtub, then I will be a very happy Robyn. Or I will have to get the Pomegranate Noir Bath Oil. Hmmm… Temptations!

What do you think of Pomegranate Noir? What other Jo Malone fragrances do you recommend?

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir is available in Brown Thomas for €50 (30ml) or €102 (100ml)


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Aug. 21.

Tested Thursday: Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

shiseido-thSometimes things land in my review basket, and other things land on top and I end up forgetting about what’s below for a while, until a rummage tosses up something interesting. That happens to be the case with this product which has been unnoticed until recently. However, it did emerge from the basket, and for Tested Thursday today, I am trying out the Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating  Body Cream (yes, that whole sentence is its name).


The one I have here is a 60ml sample size, but the full size one is a respectable 200ml, and while it doesn’t make the tea for you, my notes tell me that the Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream is:

A lavishly silky textured body cream that improves skin quality, helping skin to become better with time. Regenerates moisture, resiliance and evens skin texture and tone. Skingenecell 1P is formulated in the product to help skin on the body resist future ageing signs, combined with Houttuynia Cordata Extract to prevent puffiness and water retention, along with Angelica Root Extract, to improve microcirculation to help prevent uneven skin tone.

All that, yet it can’t make tea. Probably a good thing, because while the Japanese have the science of skincare pretty much set, they haven’t perfected making a good mug of Lyon’s yet.

My notes also tell me that it is formulated with “an exclusive SP emulsification, that melts deep into the skin delivering premium anti ageing benefits”, is suitable for all skin types, and is recommended for day and night use.


But anyway, as Shiseido did the science in the product, we don’t have to. The most important things I need to show you are how it looks, how it smells, how it feels, and did it do anything. So, let’s find out…

Look: When you get something from Shiseido, you are paying for quality, and quality is expected from the packaging onwards. The packaging of it is solid. It feels the way a quality product should, which is always good news. So often products are let down by the packaging not living up to expectations. It is not a shapeless white tub that you shut away, and barely even look at when you do go to use it. I’d have no problem with the elegantly curved tub sitting on my dresser.

Smell: I’m trying to come up with a single word to describe the scent of this, but I’m not able to. In the tub I am getting floral, a bit of sweetness, and I’m not entirely sure, but possibly a very slightly synthetic smell too. On the skin though, the major scent is a floral one, and is really very pleasant. I wouldn’t want to be smothering this on myself every day if the scent was something that I didn’t like. As it is though, I would be more than happy to smell of this all day.


Feel: The texture of the cream is really light, slightly gel like, but very very movable. A little bit really does go a long way here, and while it does penetrate the skin really well, it doesn’t do so immediately. You do have a little working time, but when it does soak in, you don’t feel it on top of your skin, and there is no problem with having to wait a year and a day to get dressed.

Finally, does it work: I’ve been using this constantly for the past week, and yes, there is a difference in my skin. It doesn’t feel as parched, and does feel smoother and more refined, particularly in areas where I would have suffered from patches of dry skin. I can’t really vouch for the anti-ageing benefits of the cream, but in terms of noticing everyday differences, it actually does do the job it says.

And herein lies my problem. I think I could be tempted to go and buy the full size version, which for the 200ml is €130! I don’t know how exactly to justify spending that much, no matter how amazing the product is, knowing that my €5.99 Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip does a decent job. I know I am kinda comparing apples and elephants here, so maybe I can convince myself that once, just once, as a treat that this should be mine!


* Product was provided for review

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