Wet n Wild Autumn ’16

So a few weeks ago I was sent a package from The Publicity Loft full of WetnWild goodies, to say I was ecstatic would be an understatement, WetnWild is one of my favourite makeup brands already so having the opportunity to try some of their newer products excited me greatly!!

Megaglo Contouring Palette €5.95

I’m starting with this one because out of everything that came in the envelope this was the one that excited me the most. I had seen quite a few other bloggers and MUA’s use this including my personal favourite Diane Everett MUA who I have quite a (healthy!!) obsession with!! So firstly it’s a powder product split in two, one side for highlighting the other for contouring . The shade that was sent to me was Dulce de Leche and it was absolutely perfect for my skin tone. This product was everything I hoped it would be, I love it especially the contouring shade it’s so blendable. I’ve used it both on its own and over the Dual-Ended Contour Stick (more about that in a minute) and I loved it both ways. Obviously using it over the cream contouring product intensifies the colour and its perfect if you want a more sculpted look. The only negative I found is the highlighting product didn’t suit me under my eyes but few powder based products do at my age to be honest. It was beautiful on my forehead area and I felt it did a great job brightening me up there. A big thumbs up for this product and I’d have no problem recommending this to anybody.

Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer €5.95

So I’ll start off by saying that I am a big, big fan of eyeshadow primers. As a late 30 something that’s partial to a smokey eye they are my Holy Grail. I’ve tried plenty of them in my time my favourite being the original Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion but at €21 for 10mls it’s not always affordable. My personal opinion is to always have a great back up “dupe” on hand anyway so you don’t have to use your “investment” piece everyday. Enter the Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer. Yah the first time I used this product I thought I was going to hate it, even now I’m not quite sure what I did differently on that first day because on day one it felt like I had just put cement on my eyelids. They felt tight and the primer felt like it was cracking but it was all fine as soon as I put eyeshadow on it. In fact the one big positive I took from that day was how it made the pigment in my shadow pop so that encouraged me to keep going with it. I’m glad I did, I haven’t had the experience since so maybe it was just the first bit coming out of tube that caused it, I’m not sure?! Now I’m really impressed with it, I feel it really makes a difference to the pigment of the shadows you apply and my eye makeup has lasted every bit as long with it as it does with the Urban Decay product….happy days because it’s only a fraction of the price!! Another big thumbs up for this one.

Coverall Coverstick €2.99

At this point I’m going to put my hand up and say that when it comes to concealer I’m such a snob. I would never normally buy or even look at a concealer stick if I’m honest, they always remind me of pound shop makeup!! The one thing that did excite me about this one though was it was from the Coverall range and I have an absolute gra for the Coverall foundation. Coverage with this is excellent, I applied it with a concealer brush as opposed to straight from the tube though and it covered really well. There’s a lovely soft texture to it which I didn’t expect from a concealer in this form I’ve been pleasantly surprised with this one I must say. I was sent shade E802 Medium and even though it looked quite dark, it was perfect on.

Max Fanatic Cat Eye Mascara €5.95

I really don’t know where to start with this one if I’m honest. When I opened it I instantly took a dislike to the wand firstly because it’s plastic (shudder!!) and secondly because it’s a bizarre shape!! There’s a curve on one side which obviously is supposed to help curl the lashes and then the other side is like a comb, maybe to go through the lower lashes individually, I’m really not sure!! When I applied it I was delighted to find that it wasn’t uncomfortable on the eyes like every other plastic mascara wand I’ve ever used so that’s a massive plus and it’s really pigmented, another positive. Now onto the negatives, although the shape of the curved side of the brush does give you a great curl to your lashes they dry a bit “crispy” do you know what I mean? I felt my lashes looked a bit spidery and it flaked a bit as well after being on for a few hours. The other thing I didn’t like was the size of the brush, no matter what I tried I managed to get mascara under my eyes, it was a dose. I stand to be corrected if somebody wants to give me a crash course on how to apply the mascara “properly” but for now I definitely wouldn’t recommend this one I’m afraid.

Ultimate Brow Highlighter €4.50

This is a fab little product to keep in your make up bag on days where you need an eye lift!! A similar product to the Benefit High Brow products it’s a highlighter pencil that you apply under the brow line to shape and lift the brows. It has quite a metallic finish to it I found, perfect for a night out but if you’re looking for a more natural finish then just blend it out with a brush after application to soften out the appearance. A product like this really lifts the eye, making it appear bigger and look more awake and I think this one is a great quality version, well worth the money.

Dual Ended Contour Stick €5.99

I was so excited to see this in the envelope too, I’ve never used anything like it before and was dying to give it a go. There are two sides, hence the name, one which looks almost like a concealer but goes on a lot paler and has a glow to it on the skin and the other darker contouring side. There are instructions on the box to help you with correct application which is great for somebody who isn’t confident with cream contouring. I’ve used this product quite a few times now and I’m quite impressed with it but I would say that when using it the first few times less is more with the contour side. I was sent the shade E7511 Light/Medium but even at that the contour colour is quite dark. Start small and work your way up would be my advice. Just to let you know as well that I blended the highlight side with a beauty blender and I buffed out the contour side using a small oval brush. I found that the highlight worked beautifully under my eyes, I looked really refreshed and glowy and I loved the colour of the contour once I got the hang of how much I needed to use!! I’ve used this product on it’s own and in conjunction with the Megaglo Contouring Palette and they compliment each other really well. Another fab product for your make up bag, a quick, easy and compact way to contour and highlight on the go!!

Wet n Wild products can be found nationwide in selected Penneys and Dunnes Stores. These items were sent to me to try but all of my opinions are my own. 


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Cailyn Super HD Foundation 

I’m going to start off this blog by saying that I had wanted to try this foundation for a really long time but the price always put me off. Not because it’s any pricier than any other high end foundation because it’s not, in fact it’s probably a wee bit cheaper at €34 but I don’t often invest that type of money in a foundation because I get bored very quickly. 

Cailyn is a brand that’s new enough to Ireland and has really taken off this year. If you’ve been watching Irish Beauty Bloggers and MUA’s on Snapchat, Facebook or Instagram this year then no doubt you’ll have heard of it. The one Cailyn product that keeps getting talked about over and over again is the Super HD Foundation, it’s praised for it’s coverage and ease of application and this is what made me think….I have to have it!!

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I love coverage when it comes to foundation because I have redness in my cheek area that I’m quite self conscience about. I also don’t like to feel like I’m wearing a lot of makeup (fussy much!!) so one can be difficult to find sometimes without the other. I went to a Masterclass in Tiger Boutique back in July and at the end of the class Nicole Lynch MUA did a demo of flawless dewy skin and she used Cailyn Super HD Foundation and that was it, game over, I had to have it, it was so stunning. 

Loved it on a night out because of the ease of application

After struggling to find my shade in stock I finally got my hands on some at the end of September from Meaghers Pharmacy and I’m not even exaggerating I fell in love with this product the second I put it on my face. It’s just beautiful, it feels so soft and lightweight, the coverage is ridiculously good so I’ve no idea how they manage to pull both of those things off but they do!!  

You need to use very little of the product to achieve a full coverage look so that even further justifies the €34 price tag!! 
My skin is combination so it suits me perfectly, I’m not overly oily so it stays put on my T-zone with little effort and it doesn’t cake on my drier areas. It’s a cream formulation and I know I’ve seen other bloggers apply it using an Oval brush but I don’t have one so I just applied it with my regular stippling brush and it glided on. I thought it lasted very well especially this week as I’ve been sick and blowing my nose a lot so it’s been put to the test!! 

Just love how un-made up you look while getting full coverage

I would recommend this foundation to anybody who was thinking of buying it 100%. I’m so glad I tried it, it’s worth every single penny and I would re-purchase it again without a shadow of a doubt. 

I want to also give a special mention here to Meaghers Pharmacy. When I ordered the Cailyn Foundation from their website it was my very first time using them and I can honestly say that from start to finish their customer service was impeccable. Nothing is too much for them. I feel like all business should be run like Meaghers Pharmacy is run!!  I’ll certainly be using them frequently in the future and just to clarify, this is 100% my own opinion, I have no affiliation with Meaghers whatsoever I just believe in bringing attention to excellent customer service because it’s certainly not something you get everywhere. 

I used the Foundation in Shade 02 Adobe 

 

Nimue Facial 

On Monday the 3rd of October I was very kindly invited to experience a Nimue facial in Ev & Essence Beauty Salon in Midleton. Having had limited experience with the brand but hearing such incredible things about it I was really eager to try it. 

Nimue is a South African brand which is different from your regular over the counter skincare brands. It’s more of a skinceutical, powerful enough to be able to penetrate below the surface of the skin actively improving the skin’s health and overall appearance. 

Having had my initial consultation with Aileen and discussing my main skin concerns with her it was established that she would be using products from their range for Environmentally Damaged Skin. 

The beautiful treatment room

Aileen showed into her beautiful treatment room which was stunningly decorated and was equipped with a heated bed (absolute bliss on a dull Monday morning) The facial began with a very thorough cleanse of my face using the Cleansing Gel, this was then removed with gauze. My skin was then swept over with the Cleansing Tonic and the Exfoliating Enzyme was applied. Water was added and the product was worked into my skin for a few minutes giving it a very deep clean. 

After the Exfoliating Enzyme was removed Aileen applied the Peel, to be honest I was a little bit anxious about this part because when you hear peel your mind tends to think harsh on the skin but that wasn’t the case at all. The only thing I felt was mild tingling and my face heated up a little bit, more so in some places than others but it was comfortable at all times. 
After the peel was removed the mask was applied and this was hands down my favourite part of the treatment. It was so beautifully cooling on the skin after the peel, in fact I don’t think I realised how warm my face was until Aileen applied the mask, it was absolute heaven!!  The mask was then left on for about ten minutes until it fully set and rather awesomely peeled off all in one piece!! 

My skin felt so incredibly clean after the mask was removed like indescribably so. When I looked in the mirror the difference was visible, even though I had just had a facial so my skin was stimulated it appeared a lot less red than normal. I also thought it looked brighter and a lot more refreshed. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. 
The final part of the process was the application of the day cream and most importantly Sun C SPF40. Wearing SPF on your face should be an important part of everyone’s every day skin care regime it’s particularly important after a peel as your skin is more vulnerable to environmental damage. 

So my first proper Nimue experience was an incredibly impressive one. I was invited by Nimue to have the facial done but I was so thrilled with how my skin looked and felt after using the products that I bought the Skincare Starter Pack there and then. I cannot wait to try it regularly over the next few weeks and I’ll keep you updated on my progress as I go. 

So happy with how clear my skin looked after and a lot less red than usual

Very kindly Aileen in Ev & Essence Beauty Salon has offered a discount to any of my followers that would like to try a Nimue facial for themselves. The offer runs until the 31st of October and you just need to quote JOANNE at the time of booking to get your facial for €45 instead of the regular price of €60. I will leave her contact details below. 
I strongly recommend trying one of these facials, trust me your skin will thank you for it!!