Ruth’s Natural Skincare- Lip Balms 

As we head into October our thoughts turn to how we’re going to protect our skin during the cold weather. Personally one of the biggest challenges I encounter every year is trying to keep my lips hydrated. They get incredibly dry during the cold weather, they get so sore and chapped and I cannot seem to keep product on them as it keeps soaking in. 
A few weeks ago I received an email from Ruth asking me if I would be interested in trying some of her gorgeous products and to be honest I jumped at the opportunity.  I’m such a big fan of any natural beauty products and all of Ruth’s products contain no parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals, synthetic colour or fragrance. They also contain no palm oil which means they are environmentally friendly, rainforest friendly and orangutan friendly, which I think is just fantastic!!! 

So Ruth very kindly sent me a selection of her beautiful lip balms to try, five different types, Original, Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender and Patchouli Mint. They come in a tube so they’re extremely handy for your handbag with no mess and no fuss.

Having tried them all now I have to say categorically that the Peppermint is my favourite, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Although it does make your lips tingle when you use it it’s not in an overpowering, uncomfortable way. I love how moisturised my lips feel when it’s on and I’ve also been using it over Matte lipsticks topping them up when I get that overly dry feeling and that works a treat, injecting moisture into my lips without affecting the colour.  

My least favourite I think is the Patchouli Mint I find the scent just too overpowering but all of the others are beautiful. These products are going to be a handbag staple for me from now on. I normally don’t go anywhere without a tub of Vaseline with me but with that you could be applying and re-applying until the cows come home, I didn’t find that with Ruth’s lip balm at all. Once you had it on it stayed on and kept your lips really well moisturised for longer. 

Ruth also has shower gels and soaps within her range and I have to say that having tried the lip balms I can’t wait to try those especially her Lavender range. 

Ruth has a list of stockists available on her website most of which have online stores and her products are also available online from Ethical Souls boutique, I will leave all of the links below. 

Natural, handmade beauty products really are the way of the future. To me it’s a no brainer, you get a beautiful product with the guilt of wondering how ethically it was made. What’s not to love about that? 

https://www.ruthsnaturalskincare.com

https://www.ethicalsoulsboutique.com

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Stand Out Product- Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation

The amount of product I need to use for my entire face

Foundation truly is the Holy Grail product for most of us. It is such a personal choice, what works for you may not work for another and we’re all looking for different things from our foundation too. 

Personally when it comes to foundation what I’m looking for firstly is coverage. I’ve always been quite self conscious about my red cheeks so I want these covered as much as possible. Second after coverage is longevity, I don’t agree with having to re-apply your foundation throughout the day. In my opinion when it’s on it should stay on!! 

Just primer, no filter (obviously!!)

I have Normal/Combination skin so I’m a little bit oily in my T-zone (not overly) and dry on my cheeks (again, not overly). Even though I love coverage I’m not looking for a foundation that feels like a mask on my face and I don’t like a very Matte finish either, my goodness I’m very fussy!! 

To be honest I’ve lost track of how many foundations I’ve tried over the years and I can’t remember one that I’ve been as instantly happy with as the Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation. It ticks ever box for me. From the first time that I used it I was in love, I couldn’t believe how much coverage you got from such a small amount of product and with a price tag of €10.95 I was even more impressed!! 

Just foundation, no concealer, no filter

I’ve been using the foundation now for about 5 weeks and I honestly haven’t used a different foundation since I bought it, I just love it. It feels lovely and lightweight on the skin, not at all cakey and you still have a nice glowy finish which I love. 

The finished product!!

The only negative I can think of with this product is its lack of availability (well certainly in Cork anyway). I really wish more pharmacies would stock it, I’ve tried one or two other bits from the range and I am very impressed with them all. I bought mine in Mellericks Pharmacy in Fermoy but that certainly isn’t close to wear I live so please Flormar expand your locations!! 
Alternatively it can be bought online at the following websites;

Meaghers Pharmacy 

Cara Pharmacy 

Foley’s Chemist

Simply Foxy

I know online shopping isn’t ideal when you want to know what colour you should choose but if it’s the only option what can you do!! 

I used shade 102 Soft Beige for reference if that helps. This is definitely a product I will be re-purchasing and it makes me so excited to keep on trying Flormar products and hopefully the more we do, the more easily available they will become. 

My Birchbox experience

Ok so back at the end of July after weeks of going back and forth about signing up to a Beauty Subscription Box I decided to sign up to Birchbox. To be honest their page kept coming up on my Facebook suggestions so when I saw they were doing a 2 for 1 deal on their boxes to celebrate Birchbox now being available to Irish customers I felt it was a sign!! (Any excuse lol!!)

The deal they were offering at the time was if you signed up before the end of July you got June and July’s box for the price of one month, happy days especially because firstly, they were doing a collaboration with Millie Mackintosh in July’s box and you got an exclusive colour Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil by LOC and secondly you got to choose a full size John Frieda product of your choice too which was pretty much worth the price of one months subscription alone. In retrospect it all did seem to be too good to be true and turns out I wasn’t wrong!!

My first issue with them is communication, there just isn’t any, you sign up and you hear nothing and as a consumer I find that incredibly annoying. After hearing absolutely nothing for nearly a week I sent them an email just to make sure that my order had been successful and that I would indeed be getting both June and July’s box as per the deal, 5 DAYS LATER I got a response and what was even worse than having to wait that long was the fact that the response told me that there had been a delay and my AUGUST box had been sent out the day before and should be with me shortly……..Actual facepalm!! I waited for five days to get a response to a question I didn’t ask, awesome!!

On the 11th of August my August Birchbox arrived which I suppose was at least acknowledgement that I was an actual customer of theirs. The contents of the bag were decent enough, I was impressed with the sizes of some of the products included and I felt that I would use most of them. I particularly liked the “Marcelle” Mulberry eyeliner that came in the bag, it is such a beautiful colour.

August Birchbox

In the meantime I had responded to the very “helpful” first email to ask for an answer to my actual question and again was hearing nothing back. I tried contacting Birchbox via Twitter and Facebook Messenger too to try and get a response. Twitter didn’t work but I did however get a response through Facebook Messenger but unfortunately I had messaged the wrong account a got through to Birchbox US instead of UK. This was to be the only time that I experienced efficient customer orientated service from Birchbox. I dealt with Brent who was so helpful who actually reached out to the UK team on my behalf to try and get somebody to return my email. I was incredibly grateful to him for his help as almost immediately after he contacted them I finally got a response back to say the other two boxes were on their way.

Fast forward maybe four days and there they were, finally my two boxes from Birchbox, I was so excited, finally I was going to get what I ordered….WRONG!!! I opened the package and inside was March and July’s Birchboxes. You can imagine my frustration by now, I couldn’t believe that after all of the hassle I had already been through now my order was wrong. I was even more frustrated when I opened the March box, it was actually a disgrace that they sent the contents of that box to anybody, I was fuming!!

The horror that was March’s Birchbox, check out the hair bobbles

The only bit of light at the end of the tunnel was the fact that July’s box was every bit as good as I had hoped it would be and I got my full size John Frieda 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment too. I instantly contacted Birchbox on Twitter again, numerous times and I sent another email too but I obviously knew at that point what was going to be ahead of me trying to get somebody to contact me back.

At least July’s box was fab!!

Three days and several tweets later I finally got a response to my email to say there must have been a mistake (really!!?!?) and they’d send a June box out to me that day. At no point during this entire experience did anybody offer any apology for the ridiculously poor customer service I received, nobody seemed to be interested to be honest other than that lovely guy in Birchbox US who helped me out. 

Happy with the June box when it finally arrived!!

It was at that point I decided to cancel my subscription with immediate effect. What bothered me most of all is that I had shared this “deal” with my blog readers via my Facebook page and I knew for a fact that some of them had signed up for the subscription too. This made me feel so awful if they had experienced something similar,  I felt like it was my fault. 

I’m hoping somebody at Birchbox might actually read this and put something in place so nobody else has to deal with such overwhelmingly bad customer service in future. Have you tried Birchbox or any other beauty subscription boxes? How has your experience been? I’d really love to hear!! 

 

Wet n wild 1 step Wonder Gel Nail Polish 

Now I saw the hype floating around about these nail polishes for a few weeks on my Snapchat and on other forms of social media but when it comes to nail polish I’m always so sceptical. 

I rarely bother to paint my own nails to be honest because usually I just have to sneeze and there’s a chip in it so if I have a special occasion coming up I’ll more than likely just go for a gelish manicure. But seeing as these are made by one of my favourite makeup brands Wetnwild and they’re only €2.99 I decided to give them a try. 

The first colour I went for was Pale in Comparison, a gorgeous milky white shade which would be absolutely incredible with a tan (which I didn’t have at the time, but just saying!!!) Just to be clear I applied two coats in order to get a strong non streaky finish. I didn’t use a base coat or a top coat with this polish and when the time came to remove it SEVEN days later it was barely scuffed!! 

Now I know for most people this would be an achievement but I have two three year olds at home and that requires me to wash my hands about 600 times a day so this is high praise indeed!! 

After that experience I went straight back into Penneys and bought two more colours Bye Feluschia which is the most stunning almost holographic fuschia pink colour and Under My Plum which as you’ve probably guessed is a beautiful plumy, purple shade, so autumnal. 

Again I applied two coats of Bye Feluschia to get full coverage but it applies so easily and dries relatively quickly too!! I recommend letting the first coat dry fully before applying the second one to avoid it bobbling and becoming lumpy. 

I’m now on day 5 of having Bye Feluschia on and it’s practically perfect. I’m so incredibly impressed with these, I cannot believe they’re only €2.99!! I have previously used polishes that were three times the price and didn’t last for a fraction of the time. 

I think it’s worth mentioning as well that even though the polishes are extremely long lasting this doesn’t affect how easy they are to remove. You remove them with nail polish remover as straightforwardly as you would do with any other polish, no drama!! 

To be honest I can see myself buying pretty much every shade they have because I’ve been so happy with the ones I’ve tried already. I can’t imagine liking any of them as much as Bye Feluschia though… I think it could possibly be the nicest colour polish I’ve ever used. 

Wet n Wild are a super, affordable brand that are completely Vegan and Cruelty Free and still manage to make excellent quality products at extremely reasonable prices…. What’s not to love about that!?!

Wet n Wild stands can be found in selected pharmacies, Penneys and Dunnes Stores countrywide.